I haven’t done a book giveaway for awhile, and I’m really excited about this one. The book is called More Love, Less Panic: 7 Lessons I Learned About Life, Love, and Parenting After We Adopted Our Son from Ethiopia. Claude Knobler and his wife adopted their son just five months after we brought our first Ethiopian daughter home, and a year before we brought home our second daughter (pictured on the right). So it was really interesting to read about their experience in Ethiopia, and also about his parenting journey since then. As it turns out, his book is more about parenting than it is about adoption.
While reading the book, I found myself nodding (sometimes ruefully) because so much of what he’s learned is also part of my own learning curve. So often early on in parenting I think we see it as our job to somehow ensure that our kids will be successful by making all the right parenting choices. And then we discover that they’re already so much their own people (especially when we adopt them past infancy) that our best hope is simply to influence them.
I really enjoyed this book, and I’m excited to have two copies to give away. If you’d like to win one of those copies, just comment below and tell me something that you’ve learned along your parenting journey. Or if you prefer, you can share something that you vowed you’d never do as a parent. (Do you find yourself slipping up and doing it anyway?) Parenthood is such a learning journey, isn’t it? For an additional entry, ‘like’ this post (using the buttons below) on facebook or twitter and then comment again, telling me you shared it. I’ll pick a winner on Friday!