PARENTING with Grace
The Catholic Parents' Guide to Raising "almost" Perfect Kids
2nd Edition (Updated and Expanded)
Last Fall, while searching for parenting materials, I discovered this gem of a book! It has become my parenting primer...my "go to" book as I have developed and evolved my own parenting philosophy and practices. It is rarely not at my side, (I read it while I'm soaking in the tub (a treat for sure!), waiting in the carpool lane, nursing Baby Luke, etc.!) and it has caused me to radically change many of my thoughts about "the right way" to do things!
So what makes this book so different than other parenting handbooks out there? (What to Expect...series, Parents Magazine, Family Fun, etc.)
Well, for starters, it is a decidedly Christian, specifically Catholic, read. The authors, Gregory K. Popcak, Ph.D. and his wife, Lisa Popcak, make no apologies touting parenting practices that are strongly supported by the Catholic Church such as stay-at-home mothers, breastfeeding, attachment parenting, co-sleeping, homeschooling, etc. And while the authors do not claim to present "the one, right, Catholic way to parent...we can enumerate some of the values that stand at the heart of Catholicism and introduce you to the parenting methods that research suggests will increase the odds of your children exemplifying those values..."
In addition, I love how the authors delve into the "Five Fabulous Phases of Childhood" and what attachment parenting looks like at each phase. (Wait...you mean my job of attachment parenting isn't over when Luke's out of diapers?) ;) From infancy through the teen years, the authors share what is most wonderful about each of these phases and what a strong parent/child relationship will look like. I appreciate a good read that doesn't perpetuate the "terrible twos" or "challenging teen years"!
Finally, the last part of the book is a "potpourri" of sorts with chapters on the "Twelve Ways to Foster Your Child's Faith Life", "Sibling REVELRY: Six Hints for Helping Your Children Love One Another" and "the Most Powerful Parenting Tool...Your Marriage". And this is just a sample.
I love this book and really can't say enough positive things about the way that it has impacted my life!
Perhaps actions speak louder than words...?
|Our "Family Bed"|
While my siblings and I would NEVER have slept with our parents, my kiddos do quite often. Our "family bed" grew out of my intense need to spend time with my little ones after being away from them all day working. :( It also supported the practice of breastfeeding-on-demand which I have done with each of our children.
And while the two older ones, now school-age, do typically sleep in their own beds each night, they LOVE having "slumber parties" with mom while Daddy is on-duty! Interestingly, since I no longer work outside of the home and Luke and I are together all day long (and he is no longer waking at night to eat) he is my best "crib sleeper" at night!
Wishing you sweet dreams this evening,