Jessa Duggar as a toddler
We have been posting her responses throughout the past two weeks. Let's see what parenting advice the mother-to-be has heard that she hopes to put into practice.
Have you been reading any parenting books?
Jessa: I haven’t been reading a whole lot of parenting books, but I definitely have been studying the matter a whole lot. I feel so blessed to be surrounded by so many wonderful women and mothers, and I often find myself asking questions and taking note of things I respect about the way they parent.
I have noticed in one close friend, Sierra, how she is always looking for teachable moments. She is purposeful in her parenting and is never too busy to stop what she’s doing and take a moment to calmly address a situation. When one of her kids acts up, she doesn’t merely correct the outward action, but she goes directly to the wrong heart attitude.
Instead of just saying, “Give that toy back to your sister!” she addresses the inward attitude of an unkind and selfish heart. She calls the misbehaving child aside, and they have a little hear-to-heart talk right then and there. Instead of just saying “Don’t yell at your brother!” she addresses the inward attitude of an angry heart. She’s taught her children the Scriptures from a young age, so it’s not uncommon to hear “What does the Bible say?”and her little two or three-year-old reciting, “Be kind to one another” (Ephesians 4:32) or “A soft answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger” (Proverbs 15:1).
Sierra has four young children and is due with her fifth just a few weeks after Jessa. She is the energetic gal who helped plan Jill and Jessa's weddings.
Here are the links to past posts that include responses to the questions you submitted for Jessa:
Seewalds Plan a Home Birth
Jessa on Pregnancy
Jessa on Pregnancy Cravings
Update on Ben's Career
Jessa: A Parent's Most Important Role
Baby Seewald's Character
Jessa on Parenthood