When I noticed "The 5 Love Styles of Parenting" on the cover, the first thing that came to mind was Gary Smalley's Five Love Languages.
THIS is not THAT ☺, but so very practical in a different way. The Miracle of God's design is that we are "wired" for connection. The "mess" or "FOO factor" of it all is that as good of a job any parent does they are still "broken people raising broken children in a broken world." Milan and Kay discuss 5 different parents: the Avoider, the Pleaser, the Vacillator, the Controller, and the Victim. What dynamics shape your parenting? This book is that it provides practical, easy to understand counsel, first for the parent. The seven gifts every child needs in part 4 was my absolute favorite and one I will refer back to. The first is the gift of insight. This is such a silly, small memory that came into mind, but I think it fits into what this chapter is talking about. When I was growing up my mom would occasionally make liver. In our family we had to eat a little bit of everything, so when I walked in the house and smelled the awful, HORRID, smell..well, my gag refluxes geared up and I began mental strategy. At dinner time I cut the liver into the smallest pieces possible and began to swallow them one at time (perhaps rather dramatically). I was not trying to be rebellious, just solve what I perceived as an impending life crisis. Thank the Lord, eventually it was decided that organ meat was not healthy for human consumption (at least at our house). As a result of that long story, my parenting received reasonable insight and compassion and we do not engage in food "battle". I am sure that I have provided my girls with an extensive list of how they might one day parent differently. The gift of comfort. The gift of power. The gift of frustration. The gift of confession. The gift of laughter. The gift of God: the perfect parent. Practical insight is given into special circumstances such as the premature baby, the hospitalized child, foster and adoptive children.
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