Numbers are great. I like math.... But numbers are great because they give a definition to something.
Especially when they are things that you can do to better your life. Or parenting.
So I was intrigued to review this book.
In looking at the table of contents, some of the topics or themes caught my eye. Here they are:
Principle; Nothing is more important in your life than being one of.. tools to form a human soul.
Principle: Recognizing what you are unable to do is essential to good parenting.
Principle: :You must be committed as a parent to long-view parenting because change is a process and not an event.
Principle: As a parent, you're not dealing just with bad behaviour, but a condition that causes bad behaviour.
Principle: Not all the wrong your children do is a direct rebellion to authority; much of the wrong is the result of a lack of character.
Principle: The goal of parenting is not control of behaviour but rather heart and life change
Principle: No parent gives mercy better than one who is convinced that he desperately needs it himself.
Something that is off putting in the first couple of pages is the phrase "God's helicopter view of what he has called you to do." That sounds a lot like helicopter parenting and not something that would attract me. I find many of us parents become helicopter parents out of fear not of providing freedom for our kids.
He says this isn't a Q&A book where you are spending your time indexing your child's behaviour and looking for the cure to it. No. This is more a book, they say, about changing the way that we approach parenthood in general.
The views already in here are intriguing and true about how we view parenthood. For example, ownership parenting. That we forget that while we gave birth to them, they are different people. We are responsible for them but we don't own them in the way that most parents feel or think. Heck, some of us were raised that way so why would we think different? Because ownership leads to resentful parenting. He doesn't necessarily say that but it definitely feels that way. And it's true.
What I like too is that the author is even admitting that like above, he fell into the trap of cultural or social parenting in the way that many parents get trapped. I highly respect that!
I will be honest right now and say that even though I am struggling in faith in many ways, this is a great book and SUPER EASY READ! I mean that. I like what she has to say. I like how he words it.
He is a natural writer and it definitely shows. I even thought because how he was writing, that he is was a girl and forgot a dude wrote this... Don't judge... but do laugh... because I am....
The way Paul writes is like sitting down with him and him almost anticipating some of the questions you have. He undoubtedly knows more than most do in what he is talking about and it is not overly preaching crap. He also knows how to make you laugh if you can find it.
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