I found this book "light", but inspiring; helpful, but not preachy. Her writing deserves to be called wise, because she manages something that so few parenting/advice books do – she draws out practical truths that really do apply to everyone and then gives examples of how she applies them to her own family.
The book is organized into six main sections (that are divided into smaller essays):
- How Can I Survive the Preschool Years Without Losing My Mind?
- How Can I Fill My Marriage with More of ‘The Better’ and Less of ‘The Worse’?
- What Kind of Role Does a Catholic Mom Play in This Great Big World?”
- How Can I Get on Top of the Housework When It Feels Like I’m Smothering Under It?
- How Can I Make Our Faith an Integral Part of Family Life?
- Can I Really Have a Spiritual Life While Caring for All These Little People?
Something about the book reminds me of one of my favorite quotes - practically my motto for homeschooling: "Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible." (St. Francis of Assisi). Danielle lays out a lot of simple ideas for handling the necessary (like prioritizing housekeeping needs and avoiding mom-guilt) and the possible (like suggestions for simple monthly celebrations relating to the liturgical year - a nice simple starting point) that end up adding up to more than we ever dreamed.
Donated by the author, Danielle Bean.
Reviewed by Alicia Van Hecke
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