October 5, 2016

The Low-Pressure Guide to Parenting Your Preschooler by Tim Sanford

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The Low-Pressure Guide to Parenting Your Preschooler was written to help parents come up with strategies to reduce the added pressures and stress from society's view on what parenting a preschooler should look like. Though there was some mentions that had to do with parenting a preschooler, I felt that it wasn't the main focus. I guess the plus about this is the information can be helpful with everyday parenting no matter what age your children are. The book actually had some really thoughtful tid-bits of information.


ABOUT THE BOOK:
The Low-Pressure Guide to Parenting Your Preschooler is brilliantly written to liberate parents from the expectations of having to be super-parents. It relieves the pressure to follow long lists of rules, to be perfect, and to be enslaved by the idea that, “If you don’t do this, your kids will turn out terribly.” This book shows parents that it’s really not their job to make sure their child turns out “right.” Instead, the author encourages parents to learn the much simpler and more rewarding role God has for them.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tim Sanford is a licensed professional counselor with Focus on the Family and in private practice. An author, speaker, ordained minister, and former youth worker, he has more than 30 years of experience working with teenagers. Tim and his wife, Becky, have two adult daughters and reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


The main topic of discussion had a lot to do with easing the pressure off parents to accept things for what they are and to understand that we can't control every aspect of our children's life. While I did agree with that, I didn't always share the same opinion with some of the concepts that the author suggested. I firmly believe in a child's right to free will to some extent–we have to provide them with choices, so they can become their own person. At the same time, when a child is really young, they still may not fully understand how to make certain choices on their own. It is our job as parents to step in during certain situations or when need be. Perhaps that's what the author really intended to mean all along, and I just interpreted something different.

Again, it is a fairly interesting read. I did anticipate that this book would have a main focus on preschoolers, not so much on stress relieving techniques. Having said that, the author did offer helpful insights that make a lot of sense, such as focusing on the present and not the future. While it's normal to worry about what the future could bring (I know I am guilty of it), there isn't a point to get all hung up on it, since it hasn't happened yet. When doing so, we tend to lose out on the "here and now." I recently read another book on seizing the moments of our lives, so it was a great affirmation to hear that.

Let me know what you think! If you decide to check out The Low-Pressure Guide to Parenting Your Preschooler, be sure to stop back to let me know what you got out of it. I'd love to hear your thoughts!


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