Saturday, November 1, 2014

Expectant Parents

Expectant Parents Focus on the Family Suzanne Hadley Gosselin

Book info and review
About the book: 

Many books focus on prenatal development and the health of a mom-to-be. While Expectant Parents does touch on important issues of pregnancy, its core purpose is help expectant parents understand key issues related to the arrival of a new child in the home, offering practical assistance as they prepare themselves for long-term family success.

It's often said that babies don't come with an instruction manual. This book actually provides parents with information and practical steps for writing their own---as they work to create the kind of home and family they choose to build. This includes strengthening their own marriage relationship, setting plans and expectations for parenthood, increasing communication, and preparing for the new stage of their family life that is just ahead. Ideal for first-time parents, this book would also be helpful for couples wanting to explore and prepare for the emotional, physical, and spiritual life changes that come with the arrival of any new child into the family.

My thoughts: If you are pregnant, want to get pregnant, or know someone who is pregnant, this is a great book for you. Full of advice and thoughts about strengthening the marriage, setting plans, preparing for the baby, ad more, this is a great book for first time parents.  I didn't like that it didn't go into breastfeeding as a viable choice (apparently, the author felt it didn't work for her) and it doesn't go much into birth options, though doulas are mentioned in passing. Parents wanting a natural birth (such as home with a midwife) will need to do further research on that.  

Overall, if you are pregnant, this is a great instruction manual with true stories, quotes, and other thoughts spaced through-out.  Would be great as an early shower gift (long before baby is born) or a Wow, you're pregnant, you';re going to want to read this book type gift, or even for expectant moms to pick up for themselves.  

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About the author: 

Suzanne Hadley Gosselin is the former editor of Clubhouse Jr. magazine for Focus on the Family. She is now a regular contributor to Thriving Familymagazine and, and the recipient of several Evangelical Press Association awards for her writing and editorial work. Gosselin writes children's resources for David C Cook, Zondervan and Harvest House. She is also the author ofFaithgirlz Handbook: Let Your Light Shine Through and is currently working on the God's Got an Answer for That children's devotional and activity books to be released in January 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism and biblical theology from Multnomah University. Suzanne and her husband, Kevin, who is a children's pastor, have three children and make their home in Colorado.

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