bybmg: Good Reads: Breaking Busy and Raising Grateful Kids

Good Reads: Breaking Busy and Raising Grateful Kids


Today I'm coming to you with two great books that are both being released today! I received both in exchange for my review, but the opinions are all my own.

{Breaking Busy: How to Find Peace and Purpose in a World of Crazy}

This book's title gives a great description of its contents. Alli Worthington writes about the theory behind how to be less busy. Each chapter focuses on a topic and ends with some action steps you can take in your life. I think some big takeaways for me from this book were:

- Finding my calling can help me focus on the right thing and weed out some of the busy.
- You don't have to be all things to all people
- Sometimes we have to let go of traditions and just focus on things we enjoy.
- Choose discomfort over resentment (saying no can be awkward, but it's better than losing the time and resenting it).

Reading this book made me consider more how I spend my time. Balancing it all can sometimes be a struggle to me, but I'm a work in progress. I think my monthly goals are a product of reading this book.

You can pick up this book on Amazon here!

{Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World: How One Family Learned That Saying No Can Lead to Life's Biggest Yes}

The title of this book just makes you want to read it, no? Kristen Welch writes this book with stories from her parenting experiences and is very open and honest about not knowing it all.  I will say that the beginning of the book just kind of hit me, and I really could have stopped there for a while. Here's the quote that hit me:

*mic drop*

Seriously. It all starts with me. There are so many wonderful suggestions in this book, but it really does start with me and how I'm living my life. If I'm always after the newest fashion trend or newest gadget, though my kids may not notice my fashion sense, they will notice the amount of packages showing up at our doorstep or the amount of time I devote to things.

This book is Christ-centered, and offers some wonderful advice. Kristen, I would say, is pretty conservative in her views of some things, like allowing her daughter a phone only when she reached high school. Though I may not agree with everything she does 100%, there are so many great takeaways from this book. Here are just a few:

- Focus on gratitude. Keep a gratitude journal. Talk about gratitude as a family.
- As parents we can be afraid to say no because of the fallout afterwards, the fit, the anger, the tantrum. We have to know we're doing the right thing for our kids and deal with that temporarily.
- Our children need to be bored. In that they will discover that they don't need stuff to fill their time.
- When we have everything, we are thankful for nothing.

There is so much research that true happiness is caused by being outwardly focused. Thankful. Serving. And this book reiterated that for me. 

Check it out on Amazon

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