What it is: Parenting With Grace, 2nd ed. is a parenting book offering theoretical discussion of how attachment parenting meshes with the Catholic faith and practical suggestions for dealing with everyday parenting situations.
Who wrote it: Greg and Lisa Popcak are a husband-wife team of Catholic radio personalities with psychology backgrounds and 3 kids.
I thought this book was extremely insightful, especially the section explaining why they feel practices like breastfeeding and co-sleeping mesh so well with the Catholic views of natural law and self-giving love. After reading this, I felt like I understood much better the reasons why those same practices felt so right for our family.
I also thought a lot of their "real-life" examples were pretty funny and found many suggestions that seem like good things to implement with my own family as my son gets older. I really liked the emphasis on positive discipline as opposed to punishment for misbehavior.
- Thorough discussion of attachment parenting, Catholic theology, & natural law
- Well organized for easy reading/reference
- Lots of "real-life" examples and practical solutions
Cons:Unapologetic in promoting only the parenting style they personally find best which may turn some readers with different parenting styles off
The bottom line I highly recommend this book to any Catholic parent or parent-to-be. Other Christian parents would probably like their tips, but should skip the first section on parenting types as it seems fairly anti-Protestant at times. I'm not going to try to be a mini-Lisa Popcak and copy everything they suggest, but there were definitely some great tips in there that I'll try to apply to my own famiy, and I LOVE the section discussing attachment parenting, the Bible, and the Catholic view of natural law.
Get it: Parenting With Grace is available from The Catholic Company for $14.95 as I post this review.
I was not compensated for this post other than by receiving a free copy of the book for review purposes, and this review is my honest & original opinion. Besides books like this one, the Catholic Company is also a great source for first communion gifts and baptism gifts.