Children learn from the book that parents set guidelines and say “no” because it is their duty. Never do they want their children to feel unloved in the process.
Parents learn something from the book as well. They get a chance to see themselves from a child’s perspective, and possibly realize how their parenting style is perceived. Most parents are busy people, and correcting children is often done without much thought. Children can often misinterpret discipline as a personal attack. This book offers food for thought on the subject of parenting in love.
Author Rebecca Gresch was inspired to write this story by her own experience in parenting. A home school mother of five children, Gresch wanted to pass along the wisdom she has acquired over the years about disciplining children. By learning to separate emotion from correction, a parent conveys to a child that disapproval relates solely to the child’s actions. It comes from the age-old saying, “Hate the sin; love the sinner.”
Gresch was not only inspired by her own children; she also co-illustrated the book with one of her sons. Joel Gresch, a college design major at UCF in Orlando, FL, digitally brought to life his mother’s hand-drawn sketches that she illustrated over twenty years earlier. How fitting that this story about a boy and his mom was published with loving collaboration between mother and son.
Mom Says “No!” is not yet available in bookstores, but it can be purchased from the web site mom-says-no dot com. A Facebook page is also available on the Web at www.facebook.com/
According to the book’s author, the moral to the story is this. Can kids ever misbehave to the point of losing their parents’ love for them? Mom says, “No!”