Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Reading- The Christian Mama's Guide to parenting a toddler

Before having children I used to read a lot. In school I enjoyed reading. It was something I made time to do. ;) After getting married and having children reading for pleasure is FOR SURE one thing that I haven't made time to do as much, or really at all. During our WONDERFUL little getaway (post coming soon) last week I was able to do A LOT of reading while sitting on the plane and only taking care of myself, sitting on a chair next to a quiet pool, and even before I feel asleep at night! It was bliss!! I was actually able to read almost 3 books! They were super "easy reads" and for pure enjoyment but they were great! Even in simple books I find myself wanting to highlight and write down things I want to remember. 

One of the books I read while we were gone was The Christian Mama's Guide to Parenting a Toddler. It's written by: Erin MacPherson

The book talks a lot about sharing Jesus with your children. "Toddler disipline all boils down to one thing: your kid needs Jesus. To grow his heart. To shape his mind. And to soothe his soul." This is so true! As Wyatt enters the age of watching and listening EVERYTHING we do and say it's so important we are being a Godly role model to them at such a young age. I don't have "older children" but I am the oldest child and did a lot of nannying...when I say it's a lot harder to go back and change something that's already place I speak from experience. ;) 

"As a mom, I tend to get caught up in the trap of thinking my kids need me. They need a mom who keeps a flowchart of discipline strategies on her fridge and knows exactly when to Love-and-Logic them and when to send them to time-out. A mom who can keep her cool in the midst of the biggest terrible-two meltdown. A mom who is willing to go the distance to make sure her children behave. And while all those things are important, thank God that He is there behind the scenes  working to capture my kids' hearts, minds, and souls. Because standing on my own strength, I'm an utter failure when it come to discipline."  This was a paragraph that I need to tape to my forehead. Well, not really then I couldn't read it but...the part about not standing on my own strength really hit me. I try to do a lot without asking for the Lord's help. Many areas other than just discipline our children I try to do myself. I have been asking the Lord to change my habits and for prayer in ALL things to be my first action. I want to be that mom that "sprinkles Jesus" into every situation. I want to show my children about Jesus' perfect, holy, and saving love. 

As I mentioned I have been in constant prayer for the Lord to change my heart over certain areas of our life. As we go thru daily tantrums and battles I want to treat my children with the same justice, mercy, and grace that Christ has shown me. The book did a great job of discussing...just because we think we need/want things to go a certain way, for people to act a certain way, etc that Jesus doesn't always give us what we deserve. He gives us what we need. Oh so true, now to be content with only NEEDS....hmmmmmm.

The books also had some fun suggestions regarding helping your children calm down. My mom has a few sensory jars at their house and Wyatt has always LOVED them. She made them when he was really little. The book suggests a "chill out jar." It's simply a mason jar with colored water and glitter glued shut. I really think if this was enforced correctly at our house it has potential. I am going to give it a try this summer. ;) 

The last part of the book was about your relationship with your husband and what the Lord calls of it after/with children. God considers your marriage the most important earthly relationship you have. Plus the relationship you have with your husband sets the stage for how your kids view their future relationships and their kids view their future relationships. This sentence is one of the main reasons behind most of what Mark and I do and the actions we take with our children. 

It was a great read! Like I stated earlier though it was an EASY read as well. There were lots of obvious suggestion and might have been better for a "new mom." As I mentioned though...there were still plenty of good tidbits for me to take and use! I am hoping to continue reading even tough we have entered back into the "real world" again. ;) It's all about priorities and planning, right?!?! 


  1. I read the book too, and I really enjoyed it! I liked reading your thoughts on it too! :-)

  2. Visiting your blog from Mrs. to Mama's blog. You have a beautiful family. It's great to see your faith after life's trials. Thanks for sharing.


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