Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Book Of The Week: Because Your Daddy Loves You

I love books that are written as much for a parent as they are for a child.  Books that have sweet messages for the children and stark reminders for Mom or Dad.  I have to confess, I felt a pang of guilt when I read Because Your Daddy Loves You by Andrew Clements to my son.  I know in my head that I am meant to have infinite patience and grace with my kids.  But some days, I'm very short tempered.  This beautiful book illustrates one day in the life of a little girl and her daddy.  It points out all the many times throughout the day that Daddy could have lost his temper or been impatient - but instead chose to show grace and treat his daughter with tenderness.  All because he loves her.  My son found this book very comforting as he recognized the ways that the daddy showed love to his daughter.  And I found the book very convicting as I realized how few of those moments of grace I manage to actualize in my day-to-day with the kids.  I'm thinking of buying a copy and making it a nightly read - with or without the kids - until our days better reflect this story.  If patience and grace are something you struggle with (or even if you just want a sweet story to share with your kids), I highly recommend checking out this book.

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