When you first begin thinking about becoming a parent, your mind is flooded with cute little onesies and cuddly moments. Often images of children laughing through a field of flowers sneak in there too.
Of course, if you’ve been a parent for more than 10 minutes you know this is not always the case. That’s why I was so glad to see a book like Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Became Parents. I’m a big fan of Gary Chapman really enjoyed his five love languages book, so I was happy to give this book a try.
The language is really simple and easy to understand and would be great for somebody thinking about starting a family or newly a parent. Topics include things like schedule, finances, personality differences, and setting boundaries. I really appreciated the chapter on children’s emotional health and the importance of spending quality time with kids, getting to know their love language, and connecting with them in a meaningful way.
I thought the chapter on marriage was also helpful in the reminder that marriages were not thrive on auto pilot. Often times marriage maintenance gets moved to the back burner when kids arrive on the scene and we forget that the best thing that we can give our kids is a stable loving family and that means making sure that we’re investing in marriages as well.
Even though there are hints of Christianity (references to church, tithing, and Christian schools), this is for the most part of secular book and does not contain any scriptural references or recommendations based on the Bible. In fact the proverbs are referred to as an ancient Hebrew proverb instead of giving the biblical reference.
There is a ton of practical information in this book and I really liked the “talking it over and “sections where you can write yourself and ask specific questions of yourself, your spouse, and your situation.
Even if you’re a few years along in the parenting journey, I still feel like this is a book that could be used since it gives a lot of recommendation about changing unhealthy situations and building a home that your children thrive in.
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