Thursday, November 3, 2016

Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Became Parents (Book Review)

Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Became Parents
I'll never forget the conversation I had with my husband as we drove to the hospital for our first child's birth.  Due to complications, I'd been scheduled for an induction, and that issue, combined with the fact that neither of us had a clue about babies suddenly became overwhelming.  As we drove, I uttered the words "What are we thinking having a baby?  We don't know how to be parents!"   

"This is not the best time to have that revelation" Tom responded.  

Thirteen years later, we're now wondering how we'll function as parents of a teen, ahem.  Over these last 13 years I've learned a few things, one of which is that most folks go into parenthood totally clueless.     Author Gary Chapman apparently had that same revelation at some point, and he covers it in Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Became Parents.

In this twelve chapter book, Chapman covers topics such as "No Two Children Are Alike", "Sometimes Parents Need to Apologize" and that "Children Need Boundaries".   In his non-condemning, yet tell it like it is writing style, Chapman helps young parents (and expectant parents) to see what's ahead and better prepare for parenthood.

At the end of each chapter is a 6-8 question "Talking It Over" section that allows parents to realistically see where they are and what changes they can make to improve in the various areas of discussion.

Let me clarify, this is not a book that puts down parenting, or that having children is a burden.  It's quite the opposite.  Chapman gives you some good, useful information that will help navigating the murky waters of parenthood less intimidating, and wraps it up with his final chapter "Children Can Bring You Great Joy".

If you know someone who is expecting a child, even it it's not the first baby, this would make an awesome baby shower gift!    You can purchase the book from Moody Publishers for $11.99 or from Amazon for $10.15.

About the Author:
Gary Chapman is a counselor, best-selling author of The 5 Love Languages series, and the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc.  He travels worldwide hosting seminars, and he's on over 400 radio stations.  For more information visit

I received a free copy of this book for review purposes.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are strictly my own.  I was not required to write a positive review, nor did I receive any compensation for my review.
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