I’ve been working on my New Years goal to read more. By no means have I read a book per month, as I had hoped, but I am still reading! And this summer I have read some great books that have nourished my mommy heart. With a toddler on the run, my reading has been very parenting focused!
I have been reading the Duggars – both of their books! Anyone who has had 19 kids is bound to know a lot about parenting! Both of these books share the Duggars’ faith, their story, and the “how” of being a large family. These two books cover a wide range of topics, including:
- The buddy-system, how they get so many children cared for
- Cooking and cleaning
- Home schooling
- Teaching manners and biblical principles (Personally, I learned so much from this section!)
- Teaching kids to have a mission-mindset
Since I read these back to back, I can’t quite remember the differences between the two, but as I recall – The first explains their family, their mindset, their faith, the how’s, etc. The second expands upon much of the first but also includes information about their nineteenth child, who was born premature, and all that God taught them through that trial. I loved these two books and was so encouraged in my faith by each of them!
Shepherding a Child’s Heart is exactly as it says – it’s about caring for the heart of a child, not merely about getting the behavioral results you want. I loved the heart behind this book. It really helped me to change my focus to make it less external and more about what is going on inside my child. As Tripp claims, if the inside is tended to, the outside will take care of itself. This is a Christian book and has plenty of Scripture in it to use when disciplining, encouraging, rebuking, correcting, teaching (etc) your children – I loved this aspect! And even though my child is only 18-months, I still found this resource extremely helpful and have used many principles with her already. So much of discipline/ training/ teaching, I am learning, is about my heart and perspective in reaching her heart.
The author of this book refers to Shepherding a Child’s Heart a lot, so it was very helpful to have read that book beforehand. Again, her view is to look at the child’s heart. This book, compared to SACH, focuses on the “how” of looking at the heart. In my opinion, both books address the “why” and “how,” but SACH is more why-heavy, while DMMCT3 is more how-heavy. I would highly recommend reading SACH before picking up this book.
I am in the middle of reading this book, but what I love is that Ginger Plowman immediately grabs the attention of moms by explaining a typical day in her house. It is something that I think so many can relate to! And from there, she gives countless examples of scenarios within her home and how she has handled them as matters of the heart. The dialogues she gives have been helpful to me in giving me a clear example of how to approach and unlock the heart of a child. Some of this is a bit beyond what I can currently use with an 18-month-old, but I know that this will come in handy as she gets older!
I am actually currently rereading this book. I love Shauna’s honesty as she writes and how she finds beauty in some of life’s toughest moments. I can relate to so much of what she says. I find myself wanting to continually read (and reread!) her books because she puts to words so beautifully much of what I have thought myself. Though this is not a “parenting” book, it’s a great refresher for my soul, which ultimately I feel makes me a better parent! I highly recommend this book!
Have you read any good books lately? I love suggestions!
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