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Perfection is the enemy of parenting. Jim Daly sees and hears from mothers and fathers trying hard to pursue perfection. They listen to the best experts and read all the right books. When someone gives them a “World’s Best Mom” or “No. 1 Dad” coffee mug, they want it to be true. And they want their children to pursue perfection, too.
It’s admirable for parents to be the very best moms and dads they can be for their children. But sometimes in so doing, they leave grace behind—both for themselves and their children. Jim believes that our quest for perfection, a quest that he believes is particularly strong among Christians, runs counter to God’s own boundless gift of grace. We can become Pharisaical parents, quoting endless rules and holding everyone to impossible standards. But God doesn’t want us, and our kids don’t need us, to be perfect. As parents, we’re called to simply do our best. And when we fail—which we will—we’re called to try again tomorrow.
Though he’s the President of Focus on the Family, Jim does not promise that his book will be a catalyst for a perfect family. But it can help point the way toward a good family—one that feels safe and warm; one filled with love and laughter. This book will encourage mothers and fathers to embrace the messiness of parenthood and show grace to their own less-than-ideal children. Jim, through his own experiences, expertise, and array of stories, will lead both moms and dads to a better understanding of what being a good family is all about.
Parenting is a hard job and we always feel like we have to be the perfect parent. This book is beautifully written and provides tons of insight, motivation, and guidance. I love that it’s raw and presents the bare truths about parenting. We have to accept that we aren’t perfect and that parenting isn’t perfect. Accepting our imperfections and learning from the mistakes is a great way to show our kids how to learn and grow as a person. It’s a great way to lead by example. It’s a great read that I highly recommend. It was sectioned well and offered great detail and insight into the daily struggles that parents face. This is great for expecting parents, new parents, and existing parents alike.
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