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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Regret Free Parenting

Book Description:

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.


Cafe Lily's Review:

Regret Free Parenting is full of wisdom and advice for those who want to identify issues in their parenting that need to change.  Author Catherine Hickem is not only a licensed psychotherapist – more importantly, she’s a mom and writes from personal experience.  This book is directed toward moms, written for moms and about moms.  It explains the idea of intentional parenting and how to rely on God and trust Him with our children.  Catherine shares the keys to having healthy parent-child relationships and building a long lasting foundation as our children develop into adults. 

One of my favorite chapters was Chapter 5, which addresses the differences between happiness and respect.  Respect is necessary, happiness is not and though the author doesn’t advocate trying to make our children unhappy, she does point out that happiness isn’t always how we define it.  I found it to be a very insightful chapter as it outlines the priorities of motherhood, none of which are keeping children happy.  

Catherine writes that our culture has led us to believe that happiness is an entitlement.  Instead we should be teaching our children how to be content and live joyful, peaceful lives.

This book was provided free for review by Book Sneeze (Thomas Nelson Publishers)

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