I’ve mentioned in my last book review of Motivate Your Child that I’m always on the hunt for tips and tricks to parent better. As I was reading [easyazon_link identifier=”0529100738″ locale=”US” tag=”tidbitofexp-20″]Motivate Your Child[/easyazon_link], I had [easyazon_link identifier=”0764212648″ locale=”US” tag=”tidbitofexp-20″]Mothering from Scratch[/easyazon_link] on the way to me to review too from Melinda Means and Kathy Helgemo. These lovely ladies are fellow bloggers that I’ve followed almost since I first started blogging. They have always provided wonderfully practical bits of wisdom and encouragement on their blog Mothering from Scratch. When they announced that they had created a book too, I knew I was going to want to read it. Luckily, I’ve been richly blessed with the chance to review this book in exchange for an honest blog review.
I expected to be reading many of their blog posts in the book all again. In some ways that is true, but they put their principles into a more down to earth let’s make a connection manner in their book. Their blog has always touched my heart, but it’s always come across as a general outreach. Whereas, the book makes you feel like they are speaking to YOU alone. At least to me that’s how it comes across.
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This book will make you view parenting as a joy and a treasure to behold. That is very true, but when you’re knee deep in the trenches of raising three young kids it’s very easy to forget that. It’s very easy to forget how quickly this time is fleeting. Even though, I now have an 11-year-old, and I see how quickly my time with him has gone. It’s still hard to remember it as I’m dealing with a very demanding and fussy three-year-old.
I have always been a big dreamer! I have always dreamed of opening up an equine rehab center for troubled kids and teens. At this late in the game, I seriously don’t think I’ll ever see the day when I can open it. However, I have reverted those dreams into my blog. I’m working diligently to change the way I’ve handled this blog. I’ve let the greed of money stand in the way of God’s glory and grace to be shown here.
[easyazon_link identifier=”0764212648″ locale=”US” tag=”tidbitofexp-20″]Mothering from Scratch[/easyazon_link] has made me realize that my dreams don’t have to die. My focus just has to be shifted some. My absolute favorite part of this book is when they shared this passage:
“We like what Cindi McMenamin says about surrendering our plans to God in her book When a Woman Discovers Her Dream:
We often have our own image of what the dream will look like, how we’ll get it, and when. Yet Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established.” It doesn’t say plan out your way, move full speed ahead, and expect God to follow… Hold them [your plans] with an open hand and say, as Jesus said to His heavenly Father in the Garden… “Not my will, but Yours be done.”… That’s the kind of heart we need to have before we can truly live out our dream.”
It was a huge slap in the face reminder for me. It reminded me that I vowed to follow God’s plans, and I keep slipping up on doing just that.
God trusted me to raise these kids. If I follow his lead for what my day is supposed to entail, I’m more inclined to enjoy each day as I’m in it.
[easyazon_link identifier=”0764212648″ locale=”US” tag=”tidbitofexp-20″]Mothering From Scratch[/easyazon_link] is really filled with practical advice. It showcases God’s plans for us as mothers. Please don’t get me wrong, it’s NOT a preachy type of book. It’s just a book similar to having coffee with these lovely ladies as they share their personal experiences they’ve had as a parent.
I would recommend this book to any parent who is like me knee deep in the trenches of raising kids and still wanting to pursue other things too. Even if you’re just struggling to find the type of parent you’re wanting to be, this book will help you find your parenting style.
You can purchase [easyazon_link identifier=”0764212648″ locale=”US” tag=”tidbitofexp-20″]Mothering From Scratch today for $9.99 in the Kindle edition[/easyazon_link]. Like the [easyazon_link identifier=”0529100738″ locale=”US” tag=”tidbitofexp-20″]Motivate Your Child[/easyazon_link] book though, you may very well want the paperback version of this book too because I have many pages turned down and several sections that have spoken to my heart.
What would you say is your parenting style?
What advice would you give to parents trying to pursue their dreams and raise kids too?