Thursday, November 17, 2011
Book Review: "Raising Kids with Love and Limits" by Julie Barnhill
It is true that there is nothing ground-breaking in this book. Barnhill lays out ten "non-negotiables" to be "One Tough Mother"--the type of mother that kids instinctively obey. I will give Barnhill points for organization and for writing style. She is a very witty and entertaining writer--you want to read her even when her writing is just a repeat of what we've all heard before.
I do have one very big complaint about this book. The 10th Non-Negotiable is, by far, the best chapter in the book. It is a beautifully written piece on grace and it should have been where the book ended. Instead, it is followed by an appendix about--and I kid you not--everything from moisturizers to the glories of plastic surgery. It doesn't fit with the book and its simple inclusion demeans everything that came before it.
All that said, I might recommend this book to another mom. It is, after all, a quick and entertaining read and, once you get through all the non-negotiables, you'll realize you are a good mom since you were already using everything the author had given you.
Just don't read the appendix.