I enjoy reading parenting books, because everyone seems to have a different perspective and you can always glean something new. Tim Sanford’s new book, The Low Pressure Guide to Parenting Your Preschooler really got my attention, because every parent wants to take some of the stress off!
This book has a very interesting perspective, and it really did help me feel better about the job I’m doing as a parent. Toddlers and preschoolers are stubborn little people, and Tim Sanford helped me to realize that my children have free will, and their decisions often don’t reflect how I’m doing as mom. Our job is not to make them turn out right–it’s to validate and nurture. We can influence our children and we need to consistently instill the truth and God’s Word in them, but we can’t control what they ultimately decide to do.
These revelations really took the stress off of me, and I appreciated it. My job is to validate my children by making them feel loved and wanted, and to nurture them emotionally, mentally, and spiritually while providing for their physical needs with food and shelter. My job isn’t to make them turn out right. I pray for them, I validate and nurture, but by trying to control things I have no control over, I create more stress in parenting than I need to.
I really liked the perspective in this book, and I will keep the wisdom with me for many years, as it applies to all ages and not just preschoolers.
*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a review; positive or negative. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.