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The Christian Mama's Guide to Parenting a Toddler: Everything You Need to Know to Survive (and Love) Your Child's Terrible Twos

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What's a mom to do when her sweet baby's smiles and snuggles turn to tears and tantrums?

This take on everything toddler—from throwing food to potty training to massive toddler fits—is filled with sanity-saving advice every mom wants to hear. Helpful tips include how to:

stop a tantrum in its tracks (or at least survive the tantrum without breaking into tears of your own)
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 8th 2013 by Thomas Nelson (first published April 2nd 2013)
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The Reading Mama
Dec 29, 2013 The Reading Mama rated it did not like it
Each chapter begins with humorous stories of the authors own experiences. There is a quick devotional verse and prayer. Then more stories and a list of ten ideas.

If you're feeling like a rotten mother and need some assurance, this book may be a comfort. A few of the ideas in the book were new, and it was an easy read.

I felt like there was a lot of "fluff" and not as much practical help as I expected - and 95% of the practical part I had heard before. Some of the points she brin
Michelle Halvorsen
Mar 26, 2013 Michelle Halvorsen rated it it was amazing
The Christian Mama’s Guide to Parenting a Toddler is hands down the best and most fun parenting book I’ve read since having my daughter a year and a half ago. Erin isn’t afraid to make fun of herself for a few laughs and to prove some good points; she doles out wonderful advice from her own experience and her wise friend’s and family’s experiences; and all the while reminds you to seek God first as you try to wrangle your wily toddler.

I’m tired at night and usually the last thing I want to do i
Lucille Zimmerman
Mar 24, 2013 Lucille Zimmerman rated it it was amazing
Erin's books are excellent. She is a great writer (she worked for Nickoldean), has children, and her own mom is an early childhood educator, so she has TONS of wisdom.

Plus, she's hilarious. The books are highly entertaining.

I wish I would have had these books when I was raising my children. She's all about balance, imperfection, etc. She doesn't talk all haughty---as the perfect parent---but rather as a friend who has learned the hard way.

She has lots of good snack recipes and dinner recipes
May 18, 2013 Caroline rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspirational
4.5 stars!
Instead of talking about this book in paragraph form, I’m taking a cue from Erin, who includes so many amazing lists of useful information in this book, and I’m giving you a list of why you should read this book.

1. Lists! Every single chapter has some kind of amazing list (or two or three) filled with fantastic, practical, usable lists. I want printables of each one! They’re seriously so useful. A few example of list topics: “Ten Easy Ways to Teacher Your Toddler About God’s Creation,”
Apr 23, 2013 Mikejencostanzo rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, booksneeze
The Christian Mama's Guide to Parenting a Toddler (one of several in an age-geared series) attempts to be hip, useful and humorous. While the graphic design and cover art of this new release lend a super-trendy ambiance to the book, it succeeds at being only moderately useful or humorous.

Each chapter presents a half-page devotional on a given theme as well as several magazine-style top ten lists, intended to be idea-troves for toddler-moms. While, in theory, the list-format enables the book to
Abbie Riddle
Apr 08, 2013 Abbie Riddle rated it it was amazing
So your cuddly bundle of joy is now an ambulatory machine of energy. No longer crawling and easily contained you can now relate totally to the book "Love You Forever" with the little toddler sitting on the floor covered in a roll of toilet paper with smiles and giggling as he holds it up in proud display. So now you find yourself feeling stretched for time and energy, laundry seems a daunting never ending task, dishes are piling up, and the little one needs a ton of attention. This book will be ...more
Jan 05, 2014 Elease rated it did not like it
Disclaimer: I read 25% of this book before I had to stop wasting my time. My one star is based on that first quarter of the book. I can't speak for the rest of the book, but the first quarter was bad enough that I see no hope of redemption in the remainder. I can count on one hand the books I have started and not finished in my life. This is one of the elite! It is a fluff piece. If that's what you're looking for, go for it. If you like lists that try to be funny, go for it. If you like absolute ...more
May 01, 2013 LB rated it it was amazing
My son is an awesome kid - but he is almost a 2 year old, and he is great at acting like one! And this is all new territory to me. I was hoping that the Christian Mama's Guide to Parenting a Toddler would help me get through this new stage with patience and grace. And I think it will!
This is not a straightforward parenting book - MacPherson adds in humor and real life experiences that help remind you not to take this parenting thing too seriously! She also has useful tips to help with things li
Apr 23, 2013 Alisa rated it really liked it
This was a fun book for getting fun ideas in how to deal with toddler-dom. I have a current two-year-old, and though he has an older sibling, this was helpful to me. Macpherson is humorous and “real” in her stories and situations, which I definitely appreciate. I especially liked the different lists that were at a bulletpoint glance to look back through for future reference. She is equally candid about how it is hard to be a parent of a toddler and the situations that suddenly come up because of ...more
Jan 27, 2014 Alyssa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting, christian
Again. Loved MacPherson's Christian Mama's Guide to Baby's First Year and easily rated it 5 stars.

I am officially rating 'Toddler' 4.5 Stars. I felt like it was lacking some of MacPherson's easy humor. Don't get me wrong, this book still had me LOL-ing, but I felt like it took a bit longer to feel it.

As with 'Baby', 'Toddler' is extremely practical. Each chapter is stock full of lists. List of ideas on all sorts of topics: discipline, playtime, mealtime, mommy time, God.... I find these books
Aug 29, 2015 Laura rated it liked it
this was a decent read. I wish I would have read it sooner in my 'parenting career'. there was a nice chapter for dad's, too. the main take away that I received was wet need to teach our children about Jesus and work Him into our moments with our children.
Oct 22, 2013 Cym rated it it was amazing
I love this light and entertaining read, yet it's very helpful and inspiring. It shows my purpose as a Christian mama to lead my children to Christ.
Susan Mathis
Apr 20, 2014 Susan Mathis rated it it was amazing
Erin shares a witty, wild, and wonderful guide for tackling those not-so-terrible twos! Get in the groove and go for the gold.
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Hi! I'm Erin. I'm a 32-year-old mom of two. And, if we're being honest, I'm not really qualified to guide anyone on anything.

My house is a mess, my daughter has been halfway potty trained for five months and I just stuffed an entire load of clean, dry laundry into a laundry basket without folding it. The last time I attempted a craft with my kids, it ended in a tempra-paint induced meltdown (from
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“Motherhood is hard, and no mom in the history of the entire world has been a perfect mama—no one. With that in mind, even in your worst mama moments, cut yourself some slack. God has used some of the hardest times I’ve had as a mom—times when I wasn’t sure if I would survive the day, much less eighteen years—to show me how to depend on Him. And in order for God to use these trials to help me learn and grow, I have to let go of them and give them to God. Only He can make our paths—and our children’s paths—straight.” 0 likes
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