Recently, I have been reading Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul David Tripp. At this current stage of parenting, I have found the the other parenting books I have read in the past to be a little bit of a moot point. I started reading this parenting book anticipating that I would be reading more about things that might come up in the future for my children. There were certainly a lot of things in the book that were for parents of older children, but in a lot of ways this book is for every parent.
I find it funny that the title of the book has the word “change” in it, because one of the biggest things that Tripp talks about in the book is the fact that we, as parents, CAN’T actually change our children. Parenting isn’t about trying to make our children change their behaviour, or the way they are, or to try to fit them into some little box. It’s about being their leaders, and guiding them in the way that they should go. Tripp talks about how many parents view their children with a certain amount of ownership. Parents use their children to complete their identity. It’s not the right thing to do. Our children are not our property. It is not our job to make them submit to us, or behave for us. It’s our job to guide them and lead them.
There are 14 Principles listed in this book, but the overarching theme is that of Grace. We need God’s grace every single day, and our children need our grace every single day. This book was pretty eye opening and I would definitely recommend it to other parents, even parents of very little children like I have. 🙂
And if you’d like to read it, too, I have a copy to give away! <3
I received this book in exchange for my honest review, the opinions expressed here are my own.