Creative Edition: The Week in Books 2010 No. 9

I didn’t set out to read two books with the word “creative” in the title this week, and yet I did. So this is The Week in Books 2010 Creative Edition. No crafting will be mentioned.

I recently talked about Lisa Whelchel’s book Creative Correction with two friends. One, a mother of four whose parenting I admire, said she found the book helpful and recommended it. The other, not yet a mother, wondered how the actress who played Blair on The Facts of Life wound up writing a parenting book. Duly intrigued, I read the book.

As it turns out, the actress who played Blair on The Facts of Life wound up having three kids in three years. Thus, she is qualified to write a parenting book, and I don’t mean that facetiously. Although I am not as far down the road as Lisa Whelchel in parenting, I feel like having three kids in three years does present challenges and require innovative thinking in ways that having fewer or farther apart kids does. I’m sure moms of more than three or who had 8 kids under 6 years old or something are still MORE qualified to write a manual, but I just wanted to point out that Lisa earned her parenting bona fides and, to her credit, she only mentions The Facts of Life a handful of times in the book, and pretty much only when giving an example from her own childhood or adolescence.

The book is written from a Christian perspective and encourages parents to think creatively how to best apply what the Bible says about parenting to your specific child’s temperament and your family situation. I like that. One-size-fits-all parenting has not worked very well for me so far. Although some of the book’s suggestions would not work for us, or were things I disagree with (like using food as a reward system), many of the ideas were sound and seemed like they might be workable in my situation.

One aspect of the book that I particularly appreciated was the topical sections that included Bible verses that apply to those situations. We like to use Bible verses in child training (especially helpful in teaching kids what God WANTS us to do, not just “thou shalt not”) and I like to see what other parents have found to apply to childhood issues and situations.

Overall Iwould recommend this book, and I think most people would find it helpful for the most part.

I think it’s worthwhile to read marriage books fairly regularly, and although I’ve read extensively in the genre I still got some good points from Linda Dillow’s book Creative Counterpart : Becoming the Woman, Wife, and Mother You Have Longed to Be. Dillow writes from a complementarian perspective so if you’re strictly egalitarian or patriarchal, you might take exception to some of her points, but I think you’d still get some good ideas from it. If you have no idea what the terms complementarian, egalitarian, and patriarchal have to do with marriage, you’ll probably like the book even more. Anyway, the book gave me some good things to think about this week and I would recommend it.

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