“For Better or for Kids: A Vow to Love Your Spouse with Kids in the House,” by Ruth and Patrick Schwenk

I recently had the chance to read For Better or for Kids: A Vow to Love Your Spouse with Kids in the House, by Ruth and Patrick Schwenk. This nonfiction book was released on July 12, 2016 by Zondervan.

About this book (from the back cover):

The transition from “married” to “married with children” can be tough. Before they know it, a once youthful and energetic married couple finds themselves in a minivan loaded with noisy kids and littered with Cheerios, crusty Sippy cups, banana peels, and missing library books. As much as you love your children and work hard to nurture and train them for the future, the challenges that come with parenthood can make the “for better or for worse” promise a hard one to honor.

For Better or For Kids will enable couples to:

  • Build a God-centered marriage instead of a Child-centered or Me-centered marriage
  • Avoid the dangers of spouse-neglect and self-neglect
  • Effectively communicate in the chaos
  • Explore ways to parent together as one team
  • Find balance in the busyness

For Better or For Kids is about remembering that even when you feel worn out, over-extended, and neglected, you promised to be a team. Marriage with kids may not always be what we expected, but it is good. We need to make a vow to love our spouse with kids in the house.

My Verdict:

I have been a fan of Ruth Schwenk’s website The Better Mom for a long time, and I have enjoyed reading her parenting and mothering advice. This new book, written by Ruth and her husband Patrick, is just as enjoyable – and convicting. With chapters on topics like business, expectations in parenting, bedroom issues, and more, this book was a great motivator for me to remember not to lead a child-centric life. It’s important to remember to focus on your spouse, even in the midst of the craziness that is parenting, because you have a lifetime to live with your husband or wife long after kids have left the house. This book offers suggestions that will help you model a successful marriage for your children so that you can give them the gift of an example to follow in their own adult lives. I love that it is written from both the husband and the wife’s perspective, too. Highly recommended!

If you’d like to check out For Better or for Kids: A Vow to Love Your Spouse with Kids in the House it is currently on sale for $9.99 for the Kindle version right now. If you prefer a physical copy the paperback version is currently on sale for $10.01. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

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