Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Book Review: Regret Free Parenting
Regret Free Parenting: Raise Good Kids and Know You're Doing It Right
By Catherine Hickem
Thomas Nelson, 2011
English, 256 pgs
A motherhood expert teaches the seven essential principles every mom needs to confidently raise her children.
Every mother wants her children to grow up happy, healthy, and fulfilled. But reaching that destination can be full of indecision, worry, and second-guessing. Ask any mother, "Do you think you're doing a good job?" and she'll likely give you a mixed answer. In her groundbreaking book, Regret-Free Parenting, Catherine Hickem offers seven principles for mothers to raise their children well . . . and know they're doing it right.
With nearly thirty years of experience as a psychotherapist, speaker, women's ministry director, and founder of Intentional Moms, Catherine Hickem shows how to build respect, companionship, trust, and emotional health as well as how to usher confident, centered, and secure adults into the world. If any mother has ever wondered, Am I raising a good kid and am I doing it right? she needs the impactful teaching of Regret-Free Parenting.
My kids' pediatrician once told me that if I'm questioning whether or not I'm doing a good job raising my boys, I probably am. I still wonder though. That's why I made a "bee line" to this book and "devoured" it within a week!
The 7 principles put forth by the author will answer any question you have and it's written in a plain, easy to understand way. It is not condescending at all. I fully admit I skipped the teenage chapter at first, but went back and read it. I love her concept of being a vision keeper for your child.
I think I've been lacking on her principle #4 (Be Intentional About Developing Emotional Intelligence) and learned a lot from the chapter that I'm starting to do with the boys. Part of that is that I'm kinda not a fan of emotions. I'd be perfectly happy to not have them. But I'm doing better teaching the boys about them now.
We're really working on the principle #5 as well (Be Intentional About Maintaining Your Position). My older son is realllllly testing boundaries and we're learning to make sure that we stick to them.
The Parenting Plan at the back is really useful too.
I received a review copy from BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review.