Book Review: Intentional Parenting, Autopilot Is for Planes by Sissy Goff, David Thomas and Melissa Trevathan

Parenting books, I have read a lot of. Jumpstarted as soon as we found out that we were pregnant in 2004. But because there is not one school where you are taught how to parent right, I have always chosen to continue learning from good parenting books. Specifically the ones authored by Christian writers. When I chose Intentional Parenting, Autopilot Is for Planes By Sissy Goff, David Thomas and Melissa Trevathan amongst the list of Thomas Nelson books for review, I had to find out what these three authors have to say. Their subtitle alone made me their captive audience, I should say. I knew right there that we have the same resolve — Parenting should be intentional and autopilot is not an option.


Intentional Parenting
Just check out the lines from the first few pages of the book, Intentional Parenting:

There is no relationship on earth in which we are called to be more noble and to sacrifice more deeply than with our children…

Then book is broken into 12 chapters:

  1. Being an Intentional Parent
  2. Being a Patient Parent
  3. Being a Grown-Up Parent
  4. Being a Balanced Parent
  5. Being a Consistent Parent
  6. Being a Playful Parent
  7. Being a Connected Parent
  8. Being an Encouraging Parent
  9. Being a Spiritual Parent
  10. Being a Merciful Parent
  11. Being a Hopeful Parent
  12. Being a Free Parent

As each chapter is dealt with very practical wisdom, the emphasis is always towards not going with the flow (autopilot) but rather to parent our children with a purpose. I love the part when it encouraged vulnerability towards our child. For my child to see that I am totally dependent on God in how I parent him and I am no perfect parent. Brings me back to the times when I had to go to my son and ask for forgiveness for snapping at him. We had one serious talk then as I admitted that I am not perfect. The cheeky boy that my son is, readily blurted, “But I am not perfect either! I taunted you.” As much as I would love to be in control over parenting my child, at least, it just isn’t possible to always be at my best and the small stuff, I don’t have to sweat. 

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Affirmation. I am happy to find it in this book. As we have remained consistent in how we discipline our child, it has helped him to define structure and boundaries. Right from wrong. We can’t leave this to our children to figure out for themselves. It is ultimately our responsibility to teach them.

Intentional Parenting book by Sissy Goff, David Thomas and Melissa Trevathan now tops the list of my highly recommended books on Parenting. Whatever phase of parenting you are in, the tools shared in this book are valuable not just for your sanity’s sake as parenting can bring with it a barrage of issues. The Intentional Parenting book will also benefit your whole family as it discusses how we go about the parent-child relationship dynamics can spell the difference in the shaping of our child’s future.

Disclaimer: This book was given to me by Thomas Nelson in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Intentional Parenting, Autopilot Is for Planes by Sissy Goff, David Thomas and Melissa Trevathan

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