“Regret Free Parenting” by Catherine Hickem

“Raise Good Kids and Know You’re Doing It Right”


“Kids start off as clay; they’re very impressionable. Mom’s don’t get second chances; they have to do it right the first time.” Taylor Hickem (son)

Motherhood is more than thinking about her kids, but also who she is while she is mothering. Moms forget to address and interact with their own fundamental needs. Do not try to be the “perfect” parent, but become an “intentional” Mom. “The essential part of becoming intentional is figuring out what works for your family, your children.”

So you can disagree with the author if that is not right for you.

7 Principles of Intentional Motherhood:

  1. Be Intentional About Understanding Your Purpose (why well-meaning Moms raise insecure kids). You represent what is “normal” to your children. Know your purpose, trust your intuition and recognize your value.
  2. Be Intentional About Knowing and Affirming Your Child (why good kids don’t feel good). Parents do not communicate a sense of great value or unconditional love, because you assume it is already present, so the children feel uncertain and feel inadequate. Get to “know” your children; study your children.
  3. Be Intentional About Being a Vision Keeper (you can live peacefully in the teenage years). A “vision keeper” begins by examining a mother’s faulty thinking and do not lose the vision “in the moment”.
  4. Be Intentional About Developing Emotional Intelligence (become a thinking Mom). “Emotional Intelligence” is knowing one’s emotions, managing emotions, motivating oneself, recognizing emotions in others and handling relationships.
  5. Be Intentional About Maintaining Your Position (respect is necessary, happiness is not).
  6. Be Intentional About Addressing Your Fears (the difference between control and intention).
  7. Be Intentional About Being God-Dependent (God’s sense of humor begins with contractions). You need to enjoy quiet time with the lord, have a thankful heart, get to know God’s heart, find time for praise and worship, pray for another mother, and practice the presence of God.

If you don’t believe me, check it out for yourself!

For full book synopsis and review visit http://booksbysteph.com/Hickem__Catherine.html

Until next time, take life one page at a time!



2 thoughts on ““Regret Free Parenting” by Catherine Hickem

  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review “Regret Free Parenting”. I’m humbled that it spoke to you and I hope it will speak to your family when you start your parenting journey. Looking forward to helping you to help raise your kids!


  2. Oh, THANK YOU so much! Reading it has helped me in learning and dealing with my own Mother. And I know that I want things to be different for my children. Thank you for a great book; an inspirational and helpful read!

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