Monday, February 14, 2011

Book Review: Regret Free Parenting

I'll admit it.  Lately I seem to have an insatiable appetite for parenting books.  I'm the kind of girl who wants to live her life by the book, and I'm extremely dismayed that there is no one book to go by.  So I read as many as I can.  And the title alone made me feel this book might be worth my while.

Catherine Hickem is a licensed psychotherapist and the founder of Intentional Moms, a "non-denominational Christian organization that ministers to the needs, challenges, and hopes of every mother."  In Regret Free Parenting, she lays out seven principles on how to be intentional as you raise your children.  So many parents practice "present absence," by physically being there for their children while at the same time just letting the chips fall where they may.  That kind of parenting just won't cut it, and may even open the door to great troubles for the child as they grow older.  Regret Free Parenting provides key points for any parent to keep at the front of their mind as they guide their children through their growing up years.

I'm so glad I have this book.  She speaks a lot about the teenage years, and while I have many years before we reach that phase, I think this will be a great book to refer back to over the years.  One of her main points is that we can't do this motherhood thing on our own.  And that's a good thing, because it will point us to dependence on God.  If you are intentional about your parenting, and have a strong dependence on God, when your children leave the nest you will be able to look back on these years without regret.

Excellent book.  I'm definitely going to look into Intentional Moms.

Thomas Nelson Publishers provided me with a free copy of this book as a part of their blogger program called BookSneeze.

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