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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Book Review: The Christian Mama's Guide to Parenting a Toddler, by Erin MacPherson

I have been enjoying reviewing The Christian Mama’s Guide To Parenting A toddler Everything You Need to Know to Survive (and Love) Your Child’s Terrible Twos, by Erin MacPherson.    I received the book through BookSneeze in exchange only for an honest review.

From the first chapter, I fell in love with this author’s writing style.  She approaches the topic of parenting a toddler in an honest, hilarious and Christian manner.  By the time you finish, even the first chapter, you will feel as if you are sitting across the table from a friend.

Erin MacPherson is a former Nickelodeon writer and editor.  She now maintains a blog at www.christianmamasguide.com and writes on staff for WeAreTeachers.com.

The book is one of a set of other books by the same author:

  • The Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby
  • The Christian Mama’s Guide to Baby’s First Year
  • The Christian Mama’s Guide to the Grade School Years

The book I received to review is 206 pages in paperback format, from Thomas Nelson.  It retails for $15.99 and includes a ton of advice worth far more.

I appreciated this author’s approach because she presented every detail of toddlerhood, from tantrums in the store, to potty training, by openly talking about her own experiences.

She presents many issues with an upbeat, witty style. 

Time is valuable and flies by so quickly, yet the days with a toddler can seem to drag on forever.  This book makes for a fast, easy read  – Which respects your mama time, while bringing a smile to your face.

She approaches various parenting styles, and various life choices – Such as, stay-at-home-moms as well as working moms – in a non-judgemental way.  She tackles topics of:

  • Getting into the Toddler mama groove
  • Toddler discipline
  • Tantrums
  • Toddler eating
  • Healthy lifestyle for toddlers
  • Bedtime battles
  • Learning with and growing with your toddler
  • Preschool
  • Pediatrician advice
  • Potty training
  • Advice for a Christian daddy
  • Stay-at-home mom confessions
  • Working mom confessions
  • Finding time for yourself
  • Finding time for your marriage
  • Getting ready for another baby

In the midst of her humor, she intertwines scriptures and Christian principals.  It’s as if she is sharing the secret keys to parenting.

I have found this author to be thoroughly encouraging in my parenting path.  I only wish I had a copy of her books when I was still pregnant.  The entire series would make a fantastic baby shower gift for any expectant mother.

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