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Intentional Parenting {Book Review}

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

The very first thing that caught my eye from this book was the title — Intentional Parenting.  We very much intended to be parents from the beginning of our marriage, though the timing didn’t always work out the way we intended.  When we felt that the time was right, we tried for a year before finally getting pregnant with our first son, who ended up coming five weeks early and spending time in the NICU.  It took another year to successfully get pregnant with our second son (following a failed pregnancy), and we were elated to have two healthy, happy boys to love.  While I don’t pretend to know the challenges that come with infertility, I know the many restless nights that I spent hoping, praying, and pleading for my children.

Those restless nights haven’t disappeared now that I have my boys, though.  Too many nights I think back over my day and can see gaps in the day or the opportunities I missed.  I think back to the time when I let my four-year-old play the Kindle Fire just a little longer so I could finish a phone conversation.  Or the time when I popped on Blues Clues for my early-bird one-year-old in hopes of sleeping for just another 20 minutes since I’d be up late reading the night before.  I can see how my mismanaged time directly affects my parenting (and my patience!), which is not my intention as a parent at all.


Intentional Parenting is written for both men and women by male and female counselors from Daystar Counseling in Nashville, Tennessee.  Their vast experience with a variety of situations leads to lots of applicable stories, which was my favorite part — for all of the theory that they proposed, they had example of that theory in practice with real people.  The book is split into 12 chapters, each focusing on a different trait that can help one to be more intentional in parenting.  The chapters that I enjoyed the most were “Being a Playful Parent” and “Being a Connected Parent” — both traits, ironically, being the ones that I feel I need to work on.

I felt like it was worth my time to read this book and that I learned some great tips for being not just a better parent but also a better person.  That being said, I felt like the target audience was one with children older than mine (almost 2 years and 4 years old) — I would say between the ages of 10 and 18.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Booksneeze.

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