I came across this book while randomly browsing the shelves at my local library, and right there at that moment, without looking it up, reading reviews, or even checking out the blurb, I decided to pick it up.
Because let’s face it, this parenting business is hard. And to be honest, this book’s title spoke directly to one of my biggest parenting concerns, ever since my son outgrew the toddler phase. So I quite literally devoured the book.
However, now after reading through it all, I am kinda conflicted on how I feel about it.
On one hand, even though it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, there were a lot of really valuable parenting tips and insights that I got to take away from the book.
But on the other hand, there was also a dominant religious theme all throughout the book, where the author spoke extensively in support of (what is considered) the Christian world view, which included conservative thoughts on gays and abortion. And no, there was no direct propaganda for or against any choice, but the message on what is considered normal and acceptable was clear.
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Now to be completely honest, I personally wasn’t offended by any of it, because (being a Hindu by faith) I understand how religion can influence our thoughts and ideals (even though I’d say Hinduism is very liberal in character, it’s the interpretation that counts). Moreover I don’t get easily offended by contrary points of view.
Nonetheless, the presence of these themes weighs on my mind whenever I think about recommending this book, so I thought of mentioning it in my review.
And this is the reason why I urge you to take your own call on whether the presence of these themes bothers you. Because if you ask me, I’d say this book is definitely worth a read just for the parenting tips and insights it provides, so long as you don’t get easily offended by (possibly) contrary points of view on some socio-religious topics.
That’s all from my end folks. I’d love to hear from you. Have you read this book? How did you find it? Have you read any other book on this topic? If yes, I’d love to hear about it. Please do share.
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