Don't Forget to Say Thank You by Lindsay Schlegel
Do you hear yourself saying the same things over and over to your kids?
“Do you need help?”
“Say you're sorry.”
“Wait a minute.”
In Don’t Forget to Say Thank You: And Other Parenting Lessons That Brought Me Closer to God, Lindsay Schlegel reimagines the common phrases we repeat as parents and applies them to her relationship with God. She shares how this simple revisioning changed her faith and her life, and how clearly she came to see that the lessons we are trying to teach our kids are also ones we need to learn as children of the Most High. In doing so, she demonstrates how reflecting on our vocation as mothers can inform and illuminate our role as a daughter of God, drawing us closer to him.
Asking her daughter, “Do you need help?” caused Schlegel to reflect on the importance of the Communion of Saints and reaching out for the assistance she needs. Telling her children, “Say you’re sorry” reminded her of the necessity of Confession and seeking forgiveness. And pleading that a toddler “wait a minute” while she looked for her crackers forced Schlegel to consider how she needed to have both more patience and more trust that God would take care of her.
Great for individual reflection as well as book clubs, Don't Forget to Say Thank You includes reflection questions, prayers, and mini saint bios at the end of each chapter.