I love lists. You probably at least like lists. Erin MacPherson definitely loves lists.
I’ve just finished reading The Christian Mama’s Guide to Parenting a Toddler by Erin MacPherson, and it’s also a book I think you, momma of a baby, toddler, or even preschooler, should read. (Quick disclosure: I’m part of the BookSneeze program and received this book free in exchange for my honest review. See full disclosure at the end of this post.)
But instead of talking about this book in paragraph form, I’m taking a cue from Erin, who includes so many amazing lists of useful information in this book, and I’m giving you a list of why you should read this book.
8 Reasons You Should Read The Christian’s Mama’s Guide to Parenting a Toddler
- Lists! Every single chapter has some kind of amazing list (or two or three) filled with fantastic, practical, usable lists. I want printables of each one! They’re seriously so useful. A few example of list topics: “Ten Easy Ways to Teacher Your Toddler About God’s Creation,” “Five Tips for Getting Your Toddler to Develop a Taste for Real Food,” “Ten Creative Consequences for Toddlers.”
- The advice. I don’t always agree with the world’s parenting advice, but Erin bases her advice in living a godly life. The advice she gives stems from a foundation focused on God.
- The expertise. Erin herself was a teacher and an education writer (though she’s quick to tell you she’s not an expert in everything!). In the book, she pulls on the expertise of her sister, a registered dietician, and her mother, an educator, plus several other professions—and other moms!
- The humor. Erin’s hilarious. Seriously. Her humor works because the stories she tells are so detailed and, though slightly exaggerated, are still realistic allowing readers to relate. I laughed out loud several times.
- The format and tone. Each chapter begins with a brief introduction and/or funny story, continues with one to four awesomely practical lists, and ends with a brief conclusion. Each chapter also includes a “Time Out for Mom” section with a topically related verse and a sample prayer. I love those sections. Erin writes with a friendly, positive, funny tone, which helps the book read fast. The chapters are also short enough with breaks in between segments so a busy momma can read a small portion and pick the book back up again later.
- The creative tips. Some of the advice in some of these lists I have read before, but the author includes several creative ideas and suggestions (especially in toddler meals and in fun/educational activities) I look forward to trying with my kids!
- The relevance. One or two of the chapters might not be as applicable to you. (For example, a homeschooling mom might not need the tips for dropping kids off at preschool or the working mom might not relate to the stay-at-home mom chapter as much), but the author is aware of diverse readers and addresses those needs well. I even suggest reading those chapters regardless of your situation because it can help you relate to other moms more and gain insight into different perspectives. But, with other chapters focusing on toddler behavior, whole family healthy lifestyle, strengthening your marriage while parenting, and taking care of mom health, you’re bound to find useful information and encouragement.
- The index. In the back of the book, she includes an index, great for looking up those practical lists by topic.
Not in the toddler years yet? There’s also The Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby and The Christian Mama’s Guide to Baby’s First Year. Already inching out of the toddler years? Check out The Christian Mama’s Guide to the Grade School Years.
What kind of advice would you want to read about in a book abut parenting toddlers?
Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher via the BookSneeze program in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.