Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches by Rachel Jankovic
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I was sick this week and thought I'd pick up something quick and easy to read. I chose poorly.
Quick, yes. Short chapters, easily read in the spaces of time or for a couple minutes before turning off the light for sleep.
Easy, not so much.
Jankovic has written a book that forces the reader to consider parenting techniques, philosophy, the ends and the means. It turns parenting on its head in many ways. It has me considering, as a recent sermon, who my audience is in parenting: the children or others for my own glory. (Oh, no! A theme!) It has me considering my use of time, words, and interaction with my children. How to train them and love them and enjoy them and have fun with them. I found it helpful with some fleshing out of Charlotte Mason's idea that children are born persons.
My children are mostly out of the baby/toddler stage, but I still found (too) much to think on and will have to re-read. Happily, it is a very short book with very short essays.
The only reason for four stars instead of five is that some of the essays seemed a little esoteric and left me thinking "huh?" what was that about.
I can happily recommend the book to others.
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