Saturday, January 28, 2012

Book Review: Loving the Little Years by Rachel Jankovic

Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the TrenchesLoving 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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  1. Yeah! I'm glad you enjoyed it too!

  2. It does give one loads to think about, doesn't it? She has definitely challenged me even more than her mom did when I was at a Bible study for newly married women at their house. :)

    Rachel's encouragement and perspective has helped me see where I need to shift my efforts and attention -- to myself. I feel like there were things in there I had noticed before or maybe even thought before, but never nailed them down or did anything about it.

    My new blog name -- Convivial Home, coming soon -- is pretty much directly inspired by Rachel, because I decided this last fall that my sense of humor and keeping fellowship with the children was precisely what I needed to address even more than my dishes and laundry. :) A good local friend and I have decided to consciously focus on keeping cheerfulness this year together.

    Have you seen Rachel's other articles? They are all collected at her new site:


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