By Catherine Hickem
Published by Thomas Nelson
Regret Free Parenting discusses seven principles for being intentional mum to have regret free parenting. These principles consist of understanding your purpose, knowing and affirming your child, being a vision keeper, developing emotional intelligence, maintaining your position, addressing your fear and being God-dependent. At the end of this book, both parenting plan and additional resources (i.e. website, tools, books and movies) are provided to help mum get started in their Regret-Free Parenting journey.
From this book, I have learnt that parent should invest in the areas of the greatest impact on their children’s quality of life (e.g. using their authority to teach children the important lessons of life), instead of try to make children happy about obeying them. For example, parent should teach their children that happiness is not about what they posses but is a contented state of mind that gives meaning and security to their lives.
Besides, the author reminds me that no one is constantly happy, so parent should not try to create this unattainable to their children. I agree that “children don’t possess higher levels of thinking until they are older” due to their lives experiences. Therefore, the idea of being “intentional mums” is definitely vital in parenting, i.e. to intentionally let your children know what you want they to know instead of assuming they will understand or know about it spontaneously. The result of this bad assumption is “good kids often go unnoticed and unappreciated”.
This helpful book for parent can be found at Amazon.com.
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Reviewed by: Xaivier Chia
P/S: Personally, I believe that parenting is the job for parent, both dad and mum. So, the title of this book of “Regret Free Parenting” is too general. Maybe a title such as “Regret Free Parenting – For Mum” or “Regret Free Mothering” is relatively much suitable.