"Grace Based Discipline" By: Karis Kimmel Murray
Book Review by Colette SanFelice
In this book the author discusses how to discipline our kids when our standard default mode is to "freak out". How to take a step back and handle things with grace instead. My biggest take away from the book was this, "His (God) decision to extend grace, undeserved favor, in order to have a relationship with us and therefore in terms of parenting, treating the people you are called to love the way God treats you-with grace". Another point in the book I found would be helpful in developing a stronger communication within the family was developing a Family Code with everyone's input. (Chapter 3)
In the author's words, "Parents face a crazy paradox. We love our kids exactly as they are, but we also love them too much to let them stay that way".
The author then illustrates many concepts throughout the book to put our emotional reactions aside to better deal with our children.
As a working mom of three, I did find some suggestions in this book to appear a little far fetched and time consuming. The ideas are good though and I would say that as a parent you could take the concept and fit it to your needs.
Final take away- More than anything, we've got to get out of our own way and let God parent our children through us. That's how faith will come alive in our kids.