Book Review- The Christian Mama's Guide to Parenting a Toddler

Title: The Christian Mama's Guide to Parenting a Toddler
Subtitle: Everything You Need to Know to Survive (and Love) Your Child's Terrible Twos
Author: Erin MacPherson
Genre: Parenting/Family/Christian Living

If you have a toddler, you need this book!  This is the description of the book from the publisher:

What's a mom to do when her sweet baby's smiles and snuggles turn to tears and tantrums? This take on everything toddler—from throwing food to potty training to massive toddler fits—is filled with sanity-saving advice every mom wants to hear. Helpful tips include how to:

  • stop a tantrum in its tracks (or at least survive the tantrum without breaking into tears of your own)
  • discipline your child in a way that demonstrates Christ's redeeming love
  • make your marriage a priority when your kid is a squeaky wheel that always seems to need your time and attention
  • introduce your child to Jesus in a way that leads to authentic faith
  • convince a one-and-a-half year old that broccoli really is better than cookies—even if you don't believe it yourself
Moms will be entertained and encouraged by the amusing anecdotes and godly advice of this comprehensive, topical approach to parenting one and two year olds.
 I have a 1 year old, 2 year old and 8 year old.  So I have gone through the terrible twos with my oldest.  I am in the trenches of the terrible twos with my middle child and I will soon enter the terrible twos with my baby.  I will have two kids in the terrible twos at the same time!!  So when I open the mail and saw that this book had arrived, I dove right in! 

The author, Erin MacPherson, uses the perfect mix of humor, scripture and personal experience in this book.   She tells her personal story and struggles with her own toddlers.  She does not try to come across as the perfect mother.  She "tells it like it is" and readily admits her faults and "mommy fails."  It helps as a reader to be able to relate to the author.

In each chapter she tells her story and gives advice based on her personal experiences.  She also includes a "Time Out for Mom" in each chapter.  This is a section where the author shares a Bible verse and a prayer that relates to topic in that chapter.  For example, in the chapter on potty training, the author shares a scripture verse relating to patience and a prayer that asks the Lord to help during the challenging potty training phase.

 If you have a toddler, then you will be able to relate to this book!  You need to know before reading it  that the advice in the book is mostly anecdotal.  It is not a medical book and it does not include scientific research to back up the advice. Regardless, the author's humor makes this book a "must read."  

I would recommend this book to any parent of a toddler or a child about to enter the toddler years.  If you don't have a toddler, fear not!  The author has written books for the other stages of childhood.

 You can read more about the author and this book series on the author's website

Disclaimer:  I received this book for free through the Book Sneeze program from Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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