Raising a Young Modern-Day Princess by Doreen Hanna & Karen Whiting

Raising a Young Modern-Day Princess was written to help parents and grandparents nurture young girls as they grow into a a child of the one true king.  Hanna and Whiting explore each aspect of the fruits of the Spirit as they apply to our daughters’ lives and our own lives.  This book was written from the perspectives of a mom and a grandmother, so it is directed more toward mothers.  However, each chapter includes “Dad and Daughter Activities” for dads to use as they build that crucial relationship with their princess(es).

Having three young daughters of my own, I am grateful for this wonderful resource that helps me understand my girls and offers me activities and ideas for developing their character and faith.  When I first started reading this book, I completed the personality profile for each of my girls and discovered how unique each one is.  I have four fiercely-independent, strong-willed children that test my patience multiple times a day.  I have often wondered how I got so lucky (insert sarcasm).  After reading this book, I realized how truly blessed I am to have each of these children that God has uniquely created.  Even though they share independence and a strong will, all of our children have vastly different personalities, and therefore, they need different things from me and their daddy.

Focus on the Family has provided this resource to equip parents to raise their young daughters according to biblical principals, while nurturing each daughter’s unique inner beauty.  Each chapter focuses on a different fruit of the Spirit and includes suggested “Fruitful Activities” to apply what you have read as you seek to nurture your daughter’s faith and grow her character.  The “Mom’s Tools” at the end of each chapter give insight into how to foster each of the fruits in your unique daughter.  Several suggestions are given for each personality type.  

Raising a Young Modern-Day Princess teaches a mother how to be nurturing, encouraging, inspiring and much more.  This isn’t your typical parenting book.  The authors have provided more of an in-depth study of young girls and encourage a mother to be introspective and examine their own parenting style, personality, and how they can relate to each of their daughters.  By focusing on each of the fruits of the Spirit, this book feels almost like a devotional with follow-up applications and activities.  

I received this book for free from Tyndale in exchange for an honest review.  I have found this book insightful, and I hope you will too.  

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