This book doesn't get a lot of attention in my particular Christian community, and it should. We spend a lot of time discussing books that help us know how to discipline our children; this book spends more time on the training of some of those heart attitudes.
Barbara Curtis is mom of 12: some biological, some adopted, some special needs.... And she's done it all: public school, private school, home school. She's a former Montessori teacher, and you will see that training come through in this book. She's also a believer and encourages moms SO much in that arena (even discussing how much praying she does in her laundry room--a room where she spends MUCH time).
What I like about this book:
- strategies for inculcating heart attitudes of service, gratitude, and others
- watching for opportunities even with your toddlers for encouraging these heart attitudes
- an emphasis on the potential of your children (a realistic look, but positive nonetheless)
- an honesty about her own background and walk with the Lord
- a realism that doesn't come through in other parenting books
- it's written by a mom--no matter how much I enjoy parenting books by men, they still lack that "mom" voice and reality.