Are you a first time parent or a parent of multiples? I am reviewing Paul David Tripp’s newest book called PARENTING: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family. It is very eye-opening and such a great book to read as a couple or on your own.
When you have low days
Yesterday I broke down crying. Not because I am a female and I have hormones but because I was emotionally exhausted. I realized that I was correcting and parenting ALL DAY LONG. It was 9pm and I had not had dinner yet and I had been going nonstop since 8am in the morning.
Do other moms get me? I am sure you are in the same spot. I think it is okay to be able to communicate that parenting is HARD and a HUGE challenge. It is not easy. I do not consider myself a helicopter mom but a mom that is trying to teach her kids the most about life and how to be a loving human being by knowing the truth of the Gospel.
Looking at Yourself
Parenting has made me look at myself and question my identity. The truth is that the way I respond and react to my kids only tells me about MYSELF and how much work I need in myself. Whether you want to believe it or not, our parenting methods come from what we SAW in our home life whether positive or negative.
If you had a difficult childhood, you might imitate the same parenting with your own children OR you might just go the extreme opposite and be passive about parenting at all. While this might be a lot to take in, That it is something I have been thinking about for a long time and really only after I had my second daughter.
PARENTING: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family
Paul David Tripp is a best-selling author and totally not new to our family. During the summer we attended a parenting series at out church for the summer. It was the most eye-opening time for me and my husband. We learned a lot about how to parent the way that God loves us and see us. Imagine trying to wrap your mind around this!! It is huge!
This summer was revealing in so many aspects because it made me realize how much of my childhood and what I saw affected and still affects how I parent. BUT one thing I am sure is that things get better and can only go one way: UPHILL!
When I became a mother I did not know that I would feel pressure to do the best and for my kids to be the best in public. As I read Paul David Tripp’s newest book, he specifically pin pointed on fourteen foundational principles that are focused on the Gospel. He shares that there is more than the latest parenting books or techniques and that our view of parenting must be shaped by GRACE in order for us to parent correctly.
It is not about parenting in order to raise GOOD kids but making sure our mentality as parents is sound, directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit. God is in control of our kids hearts and of change as well as change in our hearts as parents.
Over our heads
If you have been looking for practical or easy how-to tips on how to parent, this really is not your book. I was unsure of how I would respond but I continue to read each chapter, convicted of the ways I have focused incorrectly how to raise, respond, and react to my children. If anything, I know that parenting sure is a mirror of who I am, and I know that I thank God for the work in progress that I am. So, what are these principles?
- False Gods
I hope this list piques your interest because I am giving a copy away to any parent that is interested in reading this book. Paul David Tripp speaks truth even telling stories on he has stumbled as a parent in raising his kids. He focuses everything back to the Bible and what God says about each principle relating to us and our relationship to God and our kids.
If you struggle with your children and feel hopeless, please consider reading this book because it brings and gives hope. There is always an opportunity for change and for another viewpoint when it comes to parenting. We are not alone and parenting should NEVER be negative because we, after all, are equipping these little ones to go out into this world and live and some day be parents themselves.
For all my US readers, please leave a comment below letting me know what is the hardest part of parenting. Giveaway will end on November 2, 2016 at midnight.