I wanted to continue my previous blogs about books I would recommend about parenting.
First a little back story...I did BSF last year (Bible Study Fellowship) and LOVED IT! I had an awesome group leader named Leslie. We clicked pretty instantly and one day I had the idea that I wanted her to mentor me. Like Titus talks about the older women mentoring the younger and so on...I asked her and she said she would love to! I was so excited! She is full of wisdom and so sweet. Her kids are school age so she still remembers the little years well but is at a different stage of where I am...
We decided to "mentor" by reading Christian books and discussing a chapter a week. The first book we chose was James Dobson, Dare to Discipline. Who can go wrong with Dr. Dobson, right?
A quick review on this book: It is old. Like even when you get the revised version its still pretty outdated. There are alot of Biblical truths that are eternal but some practical and cultural things are different then where we are now. I think it was a great book if you have older children especially school-aged and if you are a educator. It had a lot of good information on the education system in America and about issues that arise when your children are in school. Only about the first 4 chapters were really geared towards home discipline and were applicable with small children at home. I will keep this book and re-visit it when my children are in school.
So, when we were done that, we went to to read The Mission of Motherhood: Touching You Child's Heart for Eternity. This was such a good book! I felt like almost every chapter she was writing my heart on pages. There is too much good stuff to write about in one post, so I think I will take every chapter and discuss what touched me and what the main ideas were. And at the end of each chapter there are scripture references and questions to deepen your understanding of what you read and help you apply to your life and family.
I will end with one of my favorite quotes from the book found in the introduction of the book. "The fundamental mission of motherhood now is the same as it always was: to nurture, protect, and instruct children, to create a home environment that enables them to learn and grow, to help them develop a heart for God, and his purposes, and to send them out into the world prepared to live both fully and meaningfully."
-Sally Clarkson, The Mission of Motherhood, pg 5