19 March, 2011

Regret Free Parenting Review

This book is great, I will just put that right out there.  It really is.  I enjoyed it very much.  However, if you are confident in your parenting, and if you feel like you always have your child's best interest at heart and you make decisions about your children for the here and now with thoughts of how it will affect their future, then this book will not tell you anything that you do not already know.

I didn't find this book helpful, so much as just nice.  It didn't help me rethink the way I parent, but it DID reassure me that I am an "intentional mother".  But it did help me realize that my purpose in being a parent isn't solely about raising confident and morally sound children, but also to grow myself.  I was given children to teach ME lessons.  Lessons in choosing battles, in selflessness, and someday, in letting go.  So I guess it did teach me something that I hadn't thought of before.

But I definitely enjoyed this book, and believe it or not, my 2 year old did too.  She would nag and nag every night for me to read it to her, and when she sees it in the day, she gets all excited about it.  Honestly, I don't know what is in it that she finds so exciting.  Maybe it is Catherine Hickam's repeated references to God, whom the Streaker adores... I don't know, but she loves it and listens intently.  She even talks with me about what it says and how she agrees.  She's so silly.

But I say, if you wonder about whether you could do better at parenting, or if you wonder about how you could be more intentional in the way that you deal with day to day decisions, this book will be great for you.  If not, it is still a good read and you might still get some things from it that you find helpful. 

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