The Christian Mama's Guide to Parenting a Toddler
Encouragement for even Experienced Moms!
I've been a mom for 18 years ... well, in a month my oldest child will turn 18. I've raised 7 kids beyond toddlerhood, have one currently 2, as well as a baby yet to hit the toddler years. I may not have learned anything new about toddlers in The Christian Mama's Guide to Parenting a Toddler, but I enjoyed the humorous approach that Erin MacPherson takes in writing about parenting toddlers. The subtitle of the book is "everything you need to know to survive (and love) your child's terrible twos", and Erin does keep a positive (but honest) perspective on the toddler years.
My current 2 year old is a bundle of energy, creativity, emotions, curiosity, and independent stubbornness. She's particular, smart, and determined to be heard in this large family. She makes us laugh, melts our hearts, and makes us pull out our hair. She knows exactly how she wants her day to go, and her food to be prepared - until she changes her mind at the last second, and then sometimes changes it again.
Having such a terrific toddler is the reason I REALLY appreciate Erin's humorous and spiritual approach to writing about parenting. Not only does she help me laugh about the rough moments, she reminds me I am not alone, helps me to rejoice in this gift from God, and points me to God for wisdom and strength. I needed to smile and laugh about toddlers, as I'm raising a challenging 2 year old along with 8 other kids. I also needed some reminders about parenting tips and tricks I've known but have forgotten to try lately, and I needed reassurance that I'm doing an okay job of parenting through this difficult stage. Even as an experienced Mom, I have enjoyed every single one of Erin's Christian Mama's Guide books for those reasons. Being a mom is hard, but so worthwhile, and Erin's books don't gloss over either one of those truths.
I love that Erin includes a chapter for the Dads, a chapter for working moms, and a chapter for stay-at-home moms in The Christian Mama's Guide to Parenting Toddlers. She also has dedicated an entire (very funny) chapter to date nights, which reminded me of two things - why I need to plan date nights, and why it feels so overwhelming to plan a date night.
Her potty training chapter reassured me that I am not the only one whose kids train more on the late side than the early side, and I'm not the only one surrounded by early trainers. It also assured me that waiting until my daughter is cooperative and I am emotionally strong and patient enough is the RIGHT decision. (Having been previously shell-shocked by trying to train before my child was ready is probably the reason I'm always reluctant to start potty training. I KNOW the battle ahead of me and I need to be sure I'm ready for it before I begin.)
Finally, Erin's epilogue reminded me to treasure each moment and each age, not to wish these toddler days away. I've already graduated one daughter, and I know that it doesn't feel like 18 years just passed by. It will go just as fast for this spitfire-of-a-toddler, too.
I can not recommend Erin MacPherson's Christian Mama's Guide books enough. These are not uber-detailed medical books, they aren't full of statistics and research reports. But they are heart-felt, faith-filled, written from experience, humorous, and encouraging. Erin does a good job of presenting all the information available out there in a fairly balanced way. Co-sleeping, non-vaccinating parents may not feel they are well-represented in this book, but I promise you will feel enough encouragement in other areas to excuse the slight. It would probably be best to have Erin's book and one of the more medical statistic-filled books (of your particular parenting style), too. Then you'll have a plethora of information in one hand, and an encouraging Christian parenting synopsis in the other.
This book was published by Thomas Nelson and provided to me free, for review purposes, by Booksneeze. No other compensation was given, and these thoughts are my own, honest opinion.
July 10, 2013
The Christian Mama's Guide to Parenting a Toddler
The Christian Mama's Guide to Parenting a Toddler by Erin MacPherson is a great resource for mother's who need a little encouragment. She aims to help moms who are struggling with the terrible's twos and need some extra support. Her guide covers topics such as: potty training, tantrums and discipline strategies, advice about healthy eating and sleeping for your toddler, advice for dad's, marriage advice, and ideas about how to introduce your children to Jesus to name a few.
Erin is great role model for Christian mothers eveywhere. She shares her experiences in a delightful and humerous way. This book is an easy read and I found that it was hard to put it down. It is obvious that she loves being a mom and is really able to interact with her readers in a personal way. This book was a real source of inspiration for me and I particularly enjoyed the parts where she writes about fostering your child's spiritual development. She provides a lot of spiritual wisdom and also a great deal of expert advice in general. This was a very enjoyable read and I would encourage all of those frazzled moms out there to pick up a copy of this book!
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May 18, 2013
A great read for Christian parents
Having a two-year-old can really test the limits of your walk with The Lord. All the Fruits of the Spirit are needed: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Erin MacPhersonÃ¢ÂÂs book Ã¢ÂÂThe Christian MamaÃ¢ÂÂs Guide to Parenting a ToddlerÃ¢ÂÂ helps Christian moms (and dads) get through the tough times with our tiny tyrants with grace and more.
ErinÃ¢ÂÂs book covers a full course of Toddler 101 topics including tantrums, discipline tips, handling a picky eater, potty training Ã¢ÂÂ and even how to make your marriage a priority and introducing your child to a life lived loving Christ.
This book really is a complete guide to raising your toddler in a Christian manner.
You would think a mom of six would have the gold star in toddler parenting, but ErinÃ¢ÂÂs book was full of tips and tricks I had never considered. I was delighted to learn new skills for dealing with our current two-year-old, Abby. Reading Ã¢ÂÂThe Christian MamaÃ¢ÂÂs Guide to Parenting a ToddlerÃ¢ÂÂ was like talking to a friend and getting valuable advice with a dash of humor. ErinÃ¢ÂÂs easy, funny writing style made this book a joy to read. I donÃ¢ÂÂt have a lot of time on my hands, so I appreciated the few moments I was able to steal away with this book. I felt renewed after reading Ã¢ÂÂ as if I had a little Ã¢ÂÂGirl TimeÃ¢ÂÂ all for myself.
Not only does Erin offer practical tips for parenting little ones, she also uplifts and encourages throughout the book with scriptures and prayers. These short selections were like water for this thirsty mamaÃ¢ÂÂs soul. Parenting a toddler can be a trying experience. Reading such Godly encouragement was wonderful.
I highly recommend this book for any parent currently (or soon-to-be) in the trenches of Toddlerhood.
May 17, 2013
The Christian Mama's Guide to Parenting a Toddler is a book about entering the world of parenting a toddler. The author is a mom of 3 herself and pulls from a number of different people, resources and experiences to discuss a number of topics applicable to any mom of a toddler. Topics such as discipline, tantrums, sleep habits, healthy eating, potty training and preschool are covered, as well as topics specific to moms such as keeping date nights alive, the joys and challenges of stay-at-home moms and working moms, and preparing for baby #2.
I had mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I enjoyed the topics and could definitely identify with many of the circumstances and challenges of parenting a toddler as I enter into the toddler phase with my little guy. I liked a lot of the lists of suggestions and recommendations that Erin provided and I think I will look back through the book to try some of them out!
On the other hand, I really had a hard time reading the book because of the tone of the author. I felt that humor and sarcasm was used far too much. I myself am more of a serious person and really dislike sarcasm in general. It made me feel like what is holy and sacred about motherhood wasn't valued or communicated in the way that I would have liked to hear. It was hard for me to get past the tone and enjoy the content.
I may recommend this book to mommy friends of mine but I would definitely disclaimer the tone and see if it would be a good fit for their personalities and communication style first.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneezeÃÂ®.com <http://BookSneezeÃÂ®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : Ã¢ÂÂGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.Ã¢ÂÂ
May 5, 2013