Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches, by Rachel Jankovic
Loving the Little Years is full of encouragement and tips for mothers (and fathers!) of young children. As the author, Rachel Jankovic, says: “I didn’t write this book because mothering is easy for me. I wrote it because it isn’t.”
This book isn’t a parenting how-to book. It was written to encourage tired and overwhelmed mothers of young children. Jankovic has 5 children 5 and under, including a set of toddler twins, and realizes how easy it is to forget how joyful having young children can be in the midst of the temper tantrums, laundry, and messes. She reminds us that our mission field right now is our home, and that this season in our life is short in the grand scheme of things. We need to enjoy it and live it with joy!
Jankovic is very real; she doesn’t try to come across as having it all together. Instead, she shares stories from times it is NOT all together, and she shares what she’s learned through these times.
Despite being full of wise advice and funny and heartwarming stories, Loving the Little Years is a very easy read. There are 20 chapters, but each can be read in just a few minutes. The whole book is just over 100 pages long.
I would definitely recommend this book to any mother of young children.
Disclaimer: I was offered a copy of this book for free for review from the publishers, Canon Press. I was not obligated to write a positive review, and was not otherwise compensated for this post.
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