The Christian Mama’s Guide to Parenting
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Title: The Christian Mama’s Guide to Parenting A Toddler
Author: Erin MacPherson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Published: April 9, 2013
Genre: Christian Advice
About the Book:
What’s a mom to do when her sweet baby’s smiles and snuggles turn to tears and tantrums?
This take on everything toddler—from throwing food to potty training to massive toddler fits—is filled with sanity-saving advice every mom wants to hear. Helpful tips include how to:
- stop a tantrum in its tracks (or at least survive the tantrum without breaking into tears of your own)
- discipline your child in a way that demonstrates Christ’s redeeming love
- make your marriage a priority when your kid is a squeaky wheel that always seems to need your time and attention
- introduce your child to Jesus in a way that leads to authentic faith
- convince a one-and-a-half year old that broccoli really is better than cookies—even if you don’t believe it yourself
Moms will be entertained and encouraged by the amusing anecdotes and godly advice of this comprehensive, topical approach to parenting one and two year olds.
I have a toddler and he hasn’t even hit two yet and if you are frequent visitor of this blog and read any of my personal posts you probably read that I refer to him as the “Toddler Monster”. Yes that’s right he is in what I call the OUTRAGEOUS ONES!!!!! Yes you read it right, he didn’t wait for two to start that toddler behavior we know at the terrible twos. I can’t say what it is for sure and I know I was a good child. LOL at least from what I can remember and I think my parents would agree as well. Anyhow I do believe that I am not the only parent that can agree that two isn’t the marker for toddler tantrums anymore. That being said I really wanted to check out this book ad get some insight into how a Christian mother deals with their child and what kind of advice she had to offer.
I loved this book. Erin did a great job in my opinion of sharing, giving her opinions but not making you feel like you are a horrible parent. I had a lot of “Oh Wow!” moments reading this book. It really helped me look at things in a different way. One section that really stuck out to me was the – Justice, Mercy and Grace section on discipline. I really enjoyed the way she broke down this concept and shared that justice isn’t always the only way to show a child they have done something wrong, sometimes a little mercy or grace goes even longer than a punishment. There are lots of different lists of ideas from tips to keep toddler active, meal options, consequences, tips for fighting tantrums at home and much more. Overall it was a very light-hearted, sometimes funny reminder that I am not the only mom that has bad days and that’s totally fine. Pick this up if you’re looking for some light tips for your toddler and for you. Gift it as a baby shower gift. Great doctor’s office reading.
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