I love to read parenting books, but I generally take them with a grain of salt, picking and choosing the bits and pieces that are applicable to my life and parenting style. Every once in awhile, I come across one that makes me stop in my tracks and soak up every word. When a book moves me to the core like that, I have to believe that it is a nudge from God that I really need to pay attention. Over the last month, I’ve been reading In this House We Giggle by Courtney DeFeo for review.
There is so much goodness in this gem I don’t even know where to begin. It’s really that good, folks.
As Christian parents, we all desire to teach our children biblical virtues. This book outlines twelve such virtues and gives practical advice, encouragement, and activities for a full year of ways to reinforce them with your family. You’ll find memory verses, virtue definitions, and simple suggestions that will bring the joy into your home as you build character and family bonds.
I’m going to get real with you all for a moment now. Lately, my home has not been the most pleasant environment. There has been seemingly constant sibling bickering, tattling, and multiple occasions of purposeful disobedience. I am deep in the trenches, ya’ll. Waist deep. I’ve been feeling very discouraged and exasperated. Motherhood has ebbs and flows, I know, but sometimes the burden of raising these little ones to honor and glorify the Lord is heavy. In This House We Giggle was like balm to my soul. It was a much needed reminder to take a breather and reboot. I needed to come back to the realization that though I am an authority over my children, my husband and I can discipline and correct and infuse joy and grace in the midst of it.
I found the book to be an easy, but meaningful read and I took so much from it. I plan on using all the suggestions beginning next month. It’s a New Year and time for some new parenting strategies to transform my home. If you are looking for a way to integrate love, grace, and fun with your parenting and make your home a place that your children long to be, then I absolutely think that you should pick up this book. You won’t regret it!