You will rarely find me giving a book review on Casting Crumbs because I find reading one of those scarce pleasures that I seldom have time to do these days. However, while en route to Vegas I found myself with some heavy-duty time wasting on my hands and so I indulged in a book. I have found Don’t Make Me Count to Three to be a valuable book that is changing the course of my relationship, discipline and training of my three lovely little offspring and so I thought I would share it with you.
I first learned of Don’t Make Me Count to Three through my friend Merri. She recommended it on her website and when I saw that it was a sequel to Ted Tripp’s Shepherding Your Child’s Heart, I knew it was a read for me.
Tripp’s book basically sets the stage of understanding that the best form of discipline is to understand the heart of your child and to discipline according to what is going on in their heart and not just according to their behavior. It truly takes some change in thought to look at discipline in this manner and it is one thing that I have tried to do since reading his book. By the way, I would highly recommend his book also.
Don’t Make Me Count to Three takes Tripp’s book a step further to outline a hands-on way to do this. The author, Ginger Plowman, shares some great ways to understand the inner-workings of your child’s heart and then teaching your child to understand their own heart and change their behavior. The book is a quick-read; I think she understands a busy Mommy’s life and accounts for that by keeping her book brief in length.
I took Ginger’s advice and for the last few week’s have worked on training some areas with the kids where I had been lacking before. I found that many times I discipline the kids but don’t take it further to explain and teach them the proper behavior they should have had. This does take some additional time and effort on my part but has been really successful and I am pleased with what I have seen so far.
I give Don’t Make Me Count to Three a two-thumbs up. Give it a read, I think you will find it very helpful.