Giveaway Thursday: Parenting is Your Highest Calling

by jessicaturner on October 22, 2009

Today will be my last “regular” Giveaway Thursday. Next week I am going to host a giveaway week – a different giveaway every day starting on Sunday and going through Saturday, and starting in November all reviews will be hosted on a separate page. When I did the redesign of this blog several of you commented that reviews are not really your thing, but others love them, so I think this will be perfect. I can keep sharing great products that companies send me, but if you are not interested in them, you don’t have to visit my reviews page. I will always link the giveaways so you don’t miss any of the great stuff I am blessed to offer to you. Perfect!

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KARSIE GENE October 22, 2009 at 10:14 am

I think myth #5 hits home for me. I am a new parent, and there are moments when I think that I am doing something wrong… all the time.
Sounds like a good book to encourage any parent!

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KARSIE GENE October 22, 2009 at 10:14 am

I am a follower of the blog!

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KARSIE GENE October 22, 2009 at 10:14 am

I am also a fan on facebook!

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Laura October 22, 2009 at 10:56 am

Myth #6 resonates with me. Always wondered how to successfully "be God" to my children until they're old enough to be transferred over to the Real Thing.

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Laura October 22, 2009 at 10:56 am

I'm a follower.

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Laura October 22, 2009 at 10:56 am

I'm a FAN!

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Leigh October 22, 2009 at 11:06 am

Myth #6 is something I've always heard so this one hit home. The book sounds really interesting.

breezysmom123@gmail.com

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KristiG October 22, 2009 at 11:20 am

I think myth #5 is the one I currently struggle the most with. Surely I'm doing something wrong if I can't get my 2 year old to stop throwing her sippy cup on the floor all the time! Thanks for the giveaway!

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KristiG October 22, 2009 at 11:20 am

I follow your blog on bloglines, too!

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Penney October 22, 2009 at 11:34 am

"Myth 8: Successful parents produce Godly children: The danger of making too much of ourselves and too little of God" resonates most with me. As a new parent, my heart's greatest desire is for my daughter to know Jesus intimately and to live a Godly life.

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Sarah October 22, 2009 at 11:43 am

#1 myth–it certainly does not make everything fine and dandy, though parenting is one of God's great blessing–He still has to be our number one.

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Katie October 22, 2009 at 11:59 am

#3… life just feels messier than what this myth implies… but I often still believe that myth. Excited about this giveaway!

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Katie October 22, 2009 at 11:59 am

I subscribe on my Google Reader too :)

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Leah October 22, 2009 at 12:05 pm

It's so funny you posted this. I was seriously JUST thinking a blog post in my head about how I am struggling in my parenting of my toddler. God must be trying to say something to me lol. I've realized that I'm "better" at the baby years (the nurturing, no talking back, not needing to really discipline yet, etc.). I'm struggling with knowing how to parent my 2.5 year old effectively and in a healthy way. So, right now I'm most identifying with the myth that parenting comes instinctively.

I need this book! Thanks for the opportunity!

-Leah
leah@omommawrites.com

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Leah October 22, 2009 at 12:06 pm

I subscribe to your blog via Google Reader.

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Tracy October 22, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Myth 2: Nurturing your children is natural and instinctive: why biblical love is so difficult to live out

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Tracy October 22, 2009 at 12:07 pm

I'm a follower.

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Katie October 22, 2009 at 12:12 pm

I don't currently have any children, but My Husband and I are in the process of trying. I'm sure this book would be very helpful to us, since we have no idea what to expect anyway.

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Katie October 22, 2009 at 12:12 pm

I'm also a follower of your blog

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Southern Gal October 22, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Myths 5, 6 and 8 are the ones that made me go 'ooh'. Thanks for the chance to win.

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Southern Gal October 22, 2009 at 12:13 pm

I'm a follower.

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Southern Gal October 22, 2009 at 12:13 pm

I subscribe,too.

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Leslie October 22, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Myth 4: Good parenting leads to happy children:

I have a child that is "difficult" to parent and often seems to be angry, defiant and just all around hard to deal with.

It has been very tough for me understand how she can still be this way even when I am consist with disciple and attempt to give her things and do things with her that she enjoys, but she makes it so difficult.

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Leslie October 22, 2009 at 12:23 pm

I follow!

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Leslie October 22, 2009 at 12:24 pm

I subscribe!

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Leslie October 22, 2009 at 12:24 pm

I am a fan on facebook!

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Leslie October 22, 2009 at 12:24 pm

I tweeted!

@lesliegbarton

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Marissa October 22, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Myth 8 resonates with me. What a great book!

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Kathryn October 22, 2009 at 12:28 pm

As a new mom, myth #5 really jumped out at me: If you find parenting difficult, you must not be following the right plan: learning to rely on God rather than formulas. Although they all sound interesting.

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Marissa October 22, 2009 at 12:28 pm

I tweeted this @marissacray!

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Kathryn October 22, 2009 at 12:29 pm

I follow your blog!

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Marissa October 22, 2009 at 12:29 pm

I am a follower!

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Kathryn October 22, 2009 at 12:29 pm

And am a fan on facebook!

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Marissa October 22, 2009 at 12:29 pm

I subscribe with google reader!

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Marissa October 22, 2009 at 12:29 pm

I am a facebook fan (of course)!

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Kathryn October 22, 2009 at 12:30 pm

just tweeted!

@KathrynStafford

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The Pittman Family October 22, 2009 at 1:10 pm

Myth #1 hits home for me. I would love to have this book to read.

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The Pittman Family October 22, 2009 at 1:11 pm

I'm a follower!!

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Lindsay October 22, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Myth #1

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Lindsay October 22, 2009 at 1:21 pm

I am a follower!

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Lindsay October 22, 2009 at 1:21 pm

I subscribe to the blog in google reader!

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Jessica October 22, 2009 at 1:51 pm

I would love to read this! I hope I win. :)

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Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect October 22, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Oooooh, this looks like a good one for me. Thanks for the chance to win!

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Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect October 22, 2009 at 2:11 pm

I forgot to say which one resonates – all of them, but mostly #3. I subscribe in Google Reader, by the way!

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Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect October 22, 2009 at 2:11 pm

And I'm a fan on Facebook.

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Andrea October 22, 2009 at 2:17 pm

Myth 3: Parenting is your highest calling: how pursuing God first frees us to love our children more – really stands out to me because not everyone is able or chooses to have children and I don't feel that they are necessarily missing God's calling!

andreaandtyler [at] hotmail [dot] com

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Amber October 22, 2009 at 2:35 pm

wow! sounds like a great book that I need to read! The myth about us representing Jesus to our kids is one that I need to read.

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Amber October 22, 2009 at 2:35 pm

I follow this blog!

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Amber October 22, 2009 at 2:35 pm

I follow you on twitter!

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Matt and Cristin October 22, 2009 at 2:51 pm

I guess #6…but I do think I do represent Jesus to my child…God can be used through and by me to show my babe his love and who He is…so I don't think I agree with the myth….but maybe I need to win the book to really read what she is talking about….? :)

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Matt and Cristin October 22, 2009 at 2:53 pm

I'm a blog follower…
myth #6…I'm not sure i agree with myth but…like i said before…maybe i need to win it to read it to get it! :)

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Brianna October 22, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Sounds like a good book. I think #5 affects me the most!

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Brianna October 22, 2009 at 3:01 pm

I follow the blog too!

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macynsmama October 22, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Definitely Myth #6 hits home to me!

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macynsmama October 22, 2009 at 3:25 pm

I'm a follower on the blog!

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macynsmama October 22, 2009 at 3:26 pm

I'm a fan on Facebook!

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Tami October 22, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Myth 2 is one I need to work on.

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Tami October 22, 2009 at 3:31 pm

I'm also a follower.

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Tiffany October 22, 2009 at 3:37 pm

I think #3 resonates with me the most. I fall into this pattern of thinking. A. lot. And I do think it is a high calling, but it probably really is not the HIGHEST calling on my life.

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Tiffany October 22, 2009 at 3:38 pm

I am a follower of your blog, and I LOVE it! {grin}

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Tiffany October 22, 2009 at 3:39 pm

I tweeted!
@mtc92405
(actually I am in the process of changing my twitter name, but you can go to my blog http://www.amomentcherished.blogspot.com and see that I tweeted!)

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Katie October 22, 2009 at 3:40 pm

I wanna read this book! I really need to learn more about all of them but I'd say myth #5 hits home the most. My children are like night & day and have been since the minute they were both born. They're 13 months & 3 days apart. My daughter is a girl (read: drama queen) but my son is an all around handful! We just can't seem to break through his trantrums and he's 6! It's hard not to feel completely responsible. I'm starting to realize though that it's mostly out of my hands. :/ Thank you for offering this give away!

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Katie October 22, 2009 at 3:40 pm

I am a fan of The Mom Creative on Facebook

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Katie October 22, 2009 at 3:42 pm

My twitter handle is cheeziemommie and I just tweeted about this give away!

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Katie October 22, 2009 at 3:42 pm

I just subscribed to your blog using the button you provide with FeedBurner

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Katie October 22, 2009 at 3:43 pm

I am now following your blog! I might have already been following it under cheeziemommie but I'm not sure 😀

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Rebecca October 22, 2009 at 3:56 pm

#4 "Good parenting leads to happy kids" sounds interesting to me…my kids seem pretty happy now, but I am contstantly worried that I will make mistakes that will affect them.

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Jennifer October 22, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Myth #6–There are those days that if I am Jesus to my kids, they are going to run from Him as fast as they can as soon as they can.

Thanks for the giveaway. Either way I am getting this book. It sounds GREAT!!

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kristi October 22, 2009 at 4:18 pm

I'm a follower!!

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Sara October 22, 2009 at 4:46 pm

#8 hits home with me. I will go buy this book if I don't win! I am parenting two boys from my first marriage. Their dad has fallen away from God and any sort of morals that are Godly. It makes it a struggle when you have to fight the devil in every day life but it is even worse when sometimes it is your children's father :(

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Rachel E. October 22, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Although I don't have any children yet, I look forward to that time in my life so much that I think I'm most susceptible to the myth that having children would make me feel happy & fulfilled.

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Rachel E. October 22, 2009 at 4:54 pm

I follow you on Twitter & I tweeted: rtbs17.

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Rachel E. October 22, 2009 at 4:54 pm

I'm a public follower.

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Rachel E. October 22, 2009 at 4:55 pm

I subscribe using Google Reader.

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Rachel E. October 22, 2009 at 4:56 pm

I'm a fan on Facebook.

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Rebecca (Sam's wife) October 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm

i think #3 hits home right now. would love to read this book!

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Rebecca (Sam's wife) October 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm

i am follower

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Rebecca (Sam's wife) October 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm

tweeting this giveaway..or rather I am on my way to twitter this giveaway

drratcherson

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Susan October 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm

Do I get extra for being apart of Bloom…just teasing.

Myth #5 is where I struggle. I have a pretty strong willed 3 year old daughter and I know God created her that way for a purpose but I feel like I didn't get the "memo" on how to handle her.

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Kathryn October 22, 2009 at 6:01 pm

I think myth #2. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Katie @ Heart Gone Walking October 22, 2009 at 6:12 pm

Myth #3 can get me down sometimes. This sounds like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Andrea October 22, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Sounds like something I need to read! I'm a follower.

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Christi October 22, 2009 at 7:23 pm

The first one, though I know it isn't the truth, trips me up the most. Children are a true blessing, and bring joy, but are still very hard work to raise. You definitely need God's help.

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Christi October 22, 2009 at 7:23 pm

I tweeted – @christirp

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Christi October 22, 2009 at 7:23 pm

And I'm a follower of your blog.

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song34 October 22, 2009 at 7:44 pm

Myth 5

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song34 October 22, 2009 at 7:44 pm

Became a fan on FB!

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Melissa October 22, 2009 at 7:49 pm

WOW! If I don't win, I'm buying it!! Sounds great! #5 and #6 are big ones for me.

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Nurse Bee October 22, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Myth #3 hits home. But a lot of them do.

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Anonymous October 22, 2009 at 10:28 pm

• Myth 2: Nurturing your children is natural and instinctive: why biblical love is so difficult to live out
• Myth 4: Good parenting leads to happy children: exchanging shallow hopes for God’s deeper purposes

Both of these really speak to me. I have a 9 year old son and still feel really lost about how to do all the things a "good parent" would do. I also worry if he's not happy all the time. Sounds like I should really read this book.

Kelly
kellyh2034@woh.rr.com

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Anonymous October 22, 2009 at 10:29 pm

I'm also a new reader of your blog.

Kelly
kellyh2034@woh.rr.com

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Anonymous October 22, 2009 at 10:29 pm

And, I'm a facebook fan.

kellyh2034@woh.rr.com

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Sheri October 22, 2009 at 11:10 pm

Myth #6 hits home for me. Sounds like an interesting read.

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Sheri October 22, 2009 at 11:11 pm

I am a fan on Facebook.

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Sheri October 22, 2009 at 11:11 pm

I am a follower of your blog.

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Anonymous October 22, 2009 at 11:40 pm

This book looks so good…I could relate to almost every myth. I'd love the book.
If I don't win it, I think I am going to buy it! =)
Kristin Amato
kma0405@bellsouth.net

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Hall Family in MD October 23, 2009 at 12:46 am

Myth #8 hits hardest with me right now as a Momma of two 18 year olds that have struggled with drugs, teen pregnancy, dropping out of school, being arrested etc. I would love to have a chance to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Angela October 23, 2009 at 1:26 am

Myth #1 hits me right now. I am pregnant with our first child and I know how easy it will be for me to be wrapped up in the baby and forget God's purpose for us.

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Carolina H October 23, 2009 at 10:56 am

Myth #1

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Liz October 23, 2009 at 11:38 am

Myth #6 definitely.

lizbrussell@gmail.com

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The Meguiar Family October 23, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Successful parents produce Godly children. That is my myth!

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Tonia October 23, 2009 at 2:27 pm

•Myth 5: If you find parenting difficult, you must not be following the right plan: learning to rely on God rather than formulas

This myth hit me the most. I try to do it on my own and figure it out on my own instead of asking God to take over :) I wish I would just learn this already!!

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Kimberly October 23, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Myth 4 resonates with me the most. I feel like I'm struggling to find just the right way to discipline and encourage and reward our children. I spend more time finding the "next great method", and so much less time paying attention to how I'm modeling Christ's love to our children. Sounds like a great book and I'm sure God will use it to bless someone greatly.

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Me and the CAP's October 23, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Myth # 8 – I always feel when my kids are having 'kid moments', ie tantrums, meltdowns, sassy talk,etc. that I am looked down upon. And when we go somewhere and I stress about how they are going to act, they tend to act out more. What I am learning is that if I dont expect the nightmare scenario, then it doesnt usually happen.

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Christy October 23, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Myth #2 is very true for me. I sometimes have such a hard time doing those things that seem so easy for other moms. I often need to just take a step back and rely on God for leading me as a parent as well as relying on Him to take care of my kids.

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Christy October 23, 2009 at 8:57 pm

I am also a fan on Facebook.

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Jen October 24, 2009 at 6:08 am

Hey Jess! I RT'd… @mat2820b

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Jen October 24, 2009 at 6:09 am

And I follow now too… *grin*

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Jen October 24, 2009 at 6:11 am

And I'm not sure which myth is the one that I resonate to… seing as though I'd add another: If you don't LIKE your children ALL THE TIME you are obviously the worst mother in the world… but I can't think of what the TRUTH of that would be. :-/

I'm interested to read the book… especially to find out what her view is on us representing (or not representing) Jesus…

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Shannon October 24, 2009 at 12:06 pm

I'd say myth #5 and well… all of them!

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Yolanda October 24, 2009 at 12:19 pm

Myth #7…It's sooo hard to admit but sometimes I get so overworked and overtired I don't feel the love.

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