More Than Happy HIRESMore Than Happy: The Wisdom of Amish Parenting came about because of a conversation I was having with my editor. I had mentioned to her that I thought the Amish children I knew were among the happiest and most contented children I had ever seen.

My editor, a New York City mother who was pregnant with her second daughter, was intrigued. She wanted to know exactly how Amish parents did this. I didn’t have an answer, but I promised to do my best to find out.

A year of research, interviews, pondering, writing, and re-writing went into this book as I tried to discern those things the Amish are getting right. I make no claims that it is a scholarly work because I’m no scholar. I’m just a grandmother who has been in many Amish homes and had a chance to talk with many Amish parents.

I learned an enormous amount of information during this process that I wish I’d known when my children were small. My prayer is that this book will give some useful tools to young parents trying to raise healthy, happy children.

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9 thoughts on “New Release – More Than Happy: The Wisdom of Amish Parenting

    • Thanks for letting me know that you enjoy my books. I think that Patience and Prioritizing pretty much sums up the whole theme of Amish parenting. Not all Amish are good parents, of course, but so many of them are.

    • There’s really nothing to it, Glenna. Just whip up a couple of eggs and a pinch of salt, then stir in enough flour to make a stiff dough. Roll it out on the counter, cut it into long strips (I like to use a pizza cutter) and dump it in boiling water until the noodles rise to the surface and float. Scoop them out and drain, and you’re finished.

  1. i just finished More Than Happy. I originally borrowed it from the library but bought myself a copy. My husband jokes that he was reading it over my shoulder because I kept send him pictures of passages I wanted to share with him which was probably half the book. The other half he was home so I read it aloud. I cannot tell you what a blessing this book is to me. We have been longing for a simpler life style for us

    • Baby’s foot cut me off… Us and our kids and you showed how it plays out. I loved that you encouraged us to be the example for our kids. Thank you. Best parenting book I have read this year.

      • I hope things are going well with your family. Nothing iis more important–if one has children–than to raise them well. As you probably know by now, that doesn’t just happen. It takes real perseverance. I’m glad you enjoyed the book.

  2. Misty Crawford says:

    I’m only halfway through the book and it has helped me. I recognize more when my daughter is saying “I love you” in naughty ways and respond in more loving ways than I used to. Sometimes when she demands that I not go to work, I just look at her and say “I love you too” and will a big hug, I go to work with joy in my heart and a more contented daughter.

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