Love, Magic and Mudpies by Dr. Bernie Seigel is a reminder for parents to slow down and enjoy our kids while they are still young. Dr. Seigel offers advice for connecting with children and allowing them to grow into healthy, independent adults. The entire book is divided into two to three page anecdotes of wisdom, much of it coming from Seigel's own experiences as a father and pediatric surgeon. Each section opens with an inspirational quote from a notable icon and closes with an activity to foster bonds between parents and children. Because of the structure, the book progresses quickly, so some readers might consider exploring one section at a time as a daybook and taking the time to focus their full attention on that specific day's concept before moving on, as each merits consideration.
Seigel candidly relates his own struggles and stumbling blocks as a parent and how they have affected his own view of life. His plight to maintain an easygoing parenting style is courageous and at times amusing. One can only imagine what his neighbors think of the "garbage art" adorning his lawn and the zoo of animals he and his family have maintained. I took Seigel's advice to heart and have gained a new appreciation for my children and a much-needed reminder of what really matters in life. Parenting is one of the most difficult jobs we will ever do, but it can also be the most rewarding, and sometimes we lose sight of the rewards amidst the struggle. Love, Magic and Mudpies is an encouraging reality check that could benefit any parent at any stage in life and illustrates the powerful effects that adults can impart on impressionable children.
A wonderful, easy to read book on showing your children love through parenting. A great addition to any home library!