Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches
Reading Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches by Rachel Jankovic is like going out for coffee with your best friend after a hard day when the kids have been difficult and you are exhausted and frustrated. Rachel Jankovic is quick to say, “I know, I’ve been there and had that horrible day. But have you thought about it from this angle?” And, somehow, a little infusion of Biblical advice, common sense, and a long-term view of the situation help you to go home ready to tackle the situation in a better way.
When I first picked up this book, I assumed that it would be of most benefit to those who have toddlers and babies at home. Boy was I wrong!
Rachel Jankovic gives great advice in a caring and humorous way because she is right beside us in the mothering trenches and probably still not getting a full night’s sleep at the time that she wrote this book.
Her advice is sound and Biblical, but not easy. She deals with many randomly arranged topics in short chapters which makes this book easy to read while you are sitting in the bathroom (not that any of us are doing that, but if you are a mom of young kids, you know that may be your only window of opportunity). Rachel covers many topics like dealing with your own sin of anger and selfishness before dealing with the sin of disobedience in your child, teaching your daughters how to control their emotions (and taking inventory of how well you are dealing with your emotions), what being a fruitful woman might look like (and why it doesn’t necessarily mean having twelve kids), fostering thankful hearts and sharing attitudes in your kids, how to teach the importance maintaining relationships with siblings rather than insisting on equity when it comes to sharing toys, overcoming perfectionism in cleaning so that we can enjoy time with our families, seeing our kids as individuals and not a mob, and what a Christian perspective on “Me time” and body image should look like.
This book is convicting, refreshing, encouraging, and something I desperately needed to read to reorient some of my thinking to a more Biblical model. This book would make a great gift for any mom with young to elementary aged kids.
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