Loving the Little Years

Motherhood in the Trenches
Narrated by: Gentry Rench
Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
5 out of 5 stars (147 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

I didn't write this book because mothering little ones is easy for me. I wrote it because it isn't. I know that this is a hard job, because I am right here in the middle of it. I know you need encouragement because I do too.

This is not a tender reminiscence from someone who had children so long ago that she only remembers the sweet parts. At the time of writing this, I have three children in diapers, and I can recognize the sound of hundreds of toothpicks being dumped out in the hall.

This is a small collection of thoughts on mothering young children for when you are motivated, for when you are discouraged, for the times when discipline seems fruitless, and for when you are just plain tired.

The opportunities for growth abound here but you have to be willing. You have to open your heart to the tumble. As you deal with your children, deal with yourself always and first. This is what it looks like, and feels like, to walk as a mother with God.

©2010 Rachel Jankovic (P)2011 Canon Press

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Short and sweet!

Short, sweet and engaging! Loved it! Made me realize more of the joy and privilege God has given us in motherhood, even though it’s hard!

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Great little book- with one caveat.

This is a really great book for moms of littles. Candid, up front and practical about the hard work in this season of life. Great if you need a shot in the arm about the reality of "life with littles"
One word of caution is that the author can, at times, come across as a bit condemning - ie if you're a parent struggling with your child in a certain area that is "your fault" or "just get your act together" (this may be slightly exacerbated by the narrator having a tad harsher tone as well.) However, I personally found that to be rather refreshing in this day and age of "feel good parenting"! (But I would caution the mom who is considering this book while feeling insecure and discouraged to maybe find another read.)

Overall though, a great little book filled with some very insightful illustrations for this particular season of life!

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Much Needed

Such a good read for the "trench years". So powerful, encouraging, and refreshing! Loved it, will definitely be listening to it again!

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I started it over as soon as it finished!

I love the short chapters and the relatable stories. I appreciate her perspective and tough love for her readers. I took notes the second time around because of the great information and tips. I will be listening to this again!

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Wonderful!!

So encouraging! Already using some of the things I learned with my two year old. Highly recommend!!

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Just what I needed to hear

As I am a mom of littlest, this was just the book to help reorient my perspective and encourage me as well as provide helpful hints on how to direct your children toward godliness. I will be reading this book again and sharing with friends!!

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Perfect

If you have small children, this is a MUST read. I may just read it every year. Maybe twice a year. So practical. Excellent and life-giving advice.

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Fantastic

I have older kids so I don't read "little years" books any more but this book is useful for all the seasons. I love Rachel and Bekah Merkle's work and am systematically devouring everything they produce. :)

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Wonderful, encouraging advice for young mom's!

Such a great book. I could listen to it over and over. It's so practical and keeps you encouraged and inspired to love your kids well.

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Brief, practical, and so refreshing!

This is my favorite parenting book! I have listened to it over and over and over again.