In France, it's common for babies to start sleeping through the night at 2-3 months, for toddlers to sit at a restaurant calmly and happily without causing a scene and knocking things down, for moms to carry on a phone conversation or finish a cup of coffee without their child screaming and demanding their attention, etc.
So far everything that's been discussed boiled down to this: teaching kids patience (even at a few weeks old), making them understand that they can't have everything right away and teaching them to cope with frustration. By providing them with many opportunities to "wait," they are able to learn at an early age how to self-soothe, how to entertain themselves, how to self-distract (like singing little songs to themselves, making up a game for himself to play, etc.). This will help them learn how to deal with life in a healthy way and not have as many meltdowns in the future.
I also agreed with how children should learn their place in the home and that it's not all about them. This teaches them responsibility as well as respect and empathy for others.
Actually as you read, you will find that a lot of it just seems like common sense. I really appreciated that the author was not trying to uplift one parenting style over another, however simply gave another perspective to parenting and how this approach benefited kids in the long run. A lot of pressure and guilt over not being a super mom was taken away after getting into this book...
As a Christian, of course I know that praying for E and bringing him to know the Lord is the best thing I can do for him. However, as far as teaching him proper character, I feel like this book has been very helpful too!
I still have a lot more reading to go, but I'll definitely keep you all updated. Have any of you read this before? Any thoughts or comments are greatly welcomed! :)