book review: regret-free parenting by catherine hickem

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Regret-free Parenting, book review

I requested a copy of this book from Booksneeze in February + it actually took awhile for me to receive it + write about it.  When I received this book, I realized that it was such a good decision to request a copy of it as it is chockfull of invaluable insights about motherhood + parenting. I think each parent should get a copy of it.

The son of the author, Taylor, sums of this book by saying “kids start off as clay: they’re very impressionable. Moms don’t get second chances; they have to do it right the first time. I’m grateful my mom got it right.”

Like so many things in our lives, we do not get a second shot at mothering + we ought to do it right the first time as a lot is at stake with it, our children’s psyche, their future + their complete view of themselves + the world around them. I know, just the sound of it makes you want to take a few steps back + ponder whether being a parent is actually a job that you want + if it is something that you can do right.

In this book, Catherine, a mother of two, talks about how we ought to be intentional mothers with clear goals. These goals will set as your compass or your guide to determine what type of parenting technique you would like to adapt. She also enthused that motherhood is more than just a feeling + teaching our children the basics in life.

She also laid out the Principles of Intentional Motherhood, which includes the following:

  • Be intentional about your purpose
  • Be intentional about knowing your children + your vision for your children
  • Help your child develop emotional intelligence
  • Maintaining your position {authority/influence}
  • Addressing your fears properly
  • Be God-dependent
  • Do not fight the differences or difficulties
  • No matter what type of child you have {which can be easy, challenging or difficult}, your job as a mom is to know each individual child you raise by studying your kids

To be clear with your purpose and goals, she also encouraged mothers to jot down their purpose in being a mother. This way you can always have a tangible reminder of your goals and aspirations for your children, making them more manageable + ultimately, achievable. You can also include the non-negotiable qualities that you want your children to manifest as an adult. Place this list in a prominent place so you will be reminded daily of the goals that you are working toward.

Motherhood is the best job I’ve taken so far + I would love to make it right the first time as there would be no take-two’s or second shots. Therefore, I am glad that I came across this book, I give it my 2 thumbs up + pray that every mother anywhere in the world start to become intentional mothers, too!

Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review + the opinions I have expressed are 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 

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  1. wow, sayang. di ko to na request sis. iba kasi ung ni request ko, and up until now, I haven’t received it yet uhuhuh

    pero ang ganda tlaga ng book na ito. baka may mabili ako sa NBS, ill check it out

  2. thank you for sharing, sana I will get the chance to review it in the future or much more buy a copy so that I can read it..I know it’s going to be a lot of help esp for a new mom like me…

    BTW-matagal ba tlg dumating ung book from book sneeze?parang it’s been a month or more when i requested it pero wala pa til now…

    thanks again, more power!

    1. i am not sure if it is still available in booksneeze, you can check it out….normally 2 month max na but for this one, i really got it very late. there must’ve been a problem on their end or with the postal system…

      thanks for stopping by 🙂

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  4. wow! sounds good read sis..
    i also requested a book from booksnneze..actually last week of May..
    till now..wala pa..hehehe…
    excited ako..sana dumating na sya…

    1. it is a good read, sis! wait mo lang, sometimes matagal talaga dumating considering ung physical distance nila from us, pero worth it naman! i also request a new book, a children’s book this time for my little kiddo, hopefully i get it in 2 months time 🙂

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