Book Review: Regret Free Parenting by Catherine Hickem
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, Parenting
Format: Softcover, 214 pages
Skomomma's Rating: 4 out of 5
Doesn’t every mom at one time or another question their ability to parent? I know I do. That’s why I enjoyed reading “Regret Free Parenting” by Catherine Hickem. In this book Hickem addresses some of the most difficult issues in parenting - teenagers, respect, emotions, control and trust - in one another and in God’s provision. While I don’t think there is any new or earth-shattering in terms of advice, I do think this is a well-written book that will give the reader encouragement and suggestions. Each chapter, there are seven, is 20 - 25 pages in length. At the end of each chapter - a summary of key concepts, a list of thoughtful questions, and a couple of action points. At the end of the book - a summary of all the chapters, a customized-by-you parenting plan and a wonderful list of resources - on-line and in print.
This book is addresses specifically to mothers and the unique role they play in their child’s life. She focuses on being an “intentional” parent - spending time learning about yourself and your child. The importance of developing a list of non-negotiable traits that you want to instill in your child such as honesty/integrity; compassion, humbleness and confidence. All this while realizing that your child has a unique personality gifted by God, something a parent needs to work with and not against.
Hickem’s style is warm and inviting yet challenging. I would recommend this book to any parent that feels they aren’t doing a good job -- you might be surprised that this isn’t the case and, even better, that you can grow even more as a parent to ward off that failure-feeling completely.
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