As a fellow Mom, do you feel like you’re drowning in parenting books? I mean really! I literally have a stack (and I do mean a nice tall stack!) of books on this subject. It seems I keep hearing of yet another “great” book that I “just have to read” and “this one trumps the last one!”
Now, I’m not much of a reader of fiction, until earlier this year, when I started to need a break from all the heaviness of reading parenting books. You know the ones I’m talking about (without mentioning actual titles) “You Can Potty Train Your Kid In No Time” and “Disciplining the Active Child”. I have found some gems in the books I have muddled through, no doubt. I love to learn and have a teachable spirit, but do I really need to read so many books?
So, while I was at church on Sunday, I bumped into a rather wise friend of mine in the hallway of the children’s building, of all places! We were exchanging niceties and then plunged deep into the subject of you guessed it, parenting. Being an avid reader herself, she shared with me that her husband asked her recently why she feels she needs to read yet another book on parenting. He encouraged her to pray for wisdom and discernment on being the best Mom she can be. WOW! Her words hit me right between the eyes since I, too, have been reading and reading and reading to discover one more nugget that just might be the answer to all my parenting woes.
This is not to say I won’t pick up another book on this subject, but for awhile, at least, you’ll find me in my “War Room,” or with a work of fiction in my hands!