The Christian Mama’s Guide to Parenting a Toddler by Erin MacPherson

This seemed like a book that would have some good ideas for my husband and I, with our little guy being right smack-dab in the middle of what has to be part of the “terrible two’s”.  I really don’t think he’s actually terrible, but he sure can have some terrible moments at times!  With this book having a Christian perspective, I thought that may help it to be more in line with what our family values are – overall, it was full of great advice!

The author did a really good job with this book, making it very readable, easy to understand, and easy to apply to situations in your life.  While some of what she wrote seemed to be more of the “modern” ideas (re-direction methods instead of consistent consequences for behavior, etc), I did agree with the vast majority of what she presented.  There were solid ideas on how to have “date nights” with your husband, ways to talk to your child about Jesus, how to help your child have steady sleep patterns, ways to excite your children about science and reading books, practical advice for potty training (alongside a whole lot of information about what “not” to do!), an entire section of advice for daddy’s, and so many more.

One particularly great thing throughout this book were the sections called “Time-Out for Mom” – with verses, and a prayer to help you as you deal with the numerous challenges listed above.  We may not need a time out in a corner like our kids can at times, but taking a moment to breathe and re-focus is something we do often forget as the mommy.  I appreciate that she included so many of these little sections throughout the whole book!

Overall, I thought this book was definitely worth reading, and I’d be interested in seeing the other books from this author.  With anything that’s about parenting, you will always have to take it with a grain of salt, use what you want to, and ignore what you disagree with.  This book had great ideas though, and was filled things that are definitely worth considering!  It also makes you laugh while you read it – huge bonus!

I was given a free copy of this book by BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review.  The thoughts and opinions expressed here are completely my own.

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