Book Review | More Than Saying I Love You
Author: Dr. Andrea Weiner, Ed.D
About the Book:
Dr. Andie’s 18-year journey of teaching self-love to her daughter. Each chapter begins with a “love” letter to Aly, while sharing childhood memories – from Aly being teased about her “yellow hair” to questioning her ability to get into college – to illustrate each self-love lesson she was intent on teaching her daughter that she can now share with others.
Self-love is not the same as being self-centered, egotistical, self-righteousness or narcissistic.What would it look like to have a generation of children that practiced self-love? They would be caring and loving towards others as well as themselves. Being able to “love others as ourselves” or as the Bible says ” love your neighbor as yourself” comes from practicing self-love. They would appreciate their talents and be accepting of who they are. By being accepting and compassionate towards themselves, they can in turn be the same towards their friends, classmates, siblings, and parents. Their self-worth or high self-esteem becomes a by-product of their self-love.
As the mother of three young children, I am constantly worried that telling them that I love them will not be enough to teach them the importance of ultimately loving themselves and others. I appreciate reading the author’s words of wisdom which has a resonance of truth and includes practical steps that I can take to instill self-love in my sons and daughter.
Included in this book are the 4 “Powerful Steps that Help Children Love Themselves”:
- Creating Internal Appreciation
- Instilling Empathetic Acceptance
- Embracing Truth or Consequences
- Living Loving Kindess
I found myself referencing the “Heartfelt Points to Remember” section of each chapter and found it especially helpful to complete each “Love to Exercise”. This unique, necessary parenting book has become well worn from use and I believe it is particularly valuable in today’s society. I am excited to have tangible tools found in the ideas of this book to help me teach self-love skills to my beloved children.
To learn more about the author or to purchase your copy of More Than Saying I Love You: 4 Steps That Help Children Love Themselves you are invited to visit the Dr. Andie website.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*