“Better by the Dozen Plus Two” Book Review

A few months ago, I noticed a “shout out” on Linked In or Facebook (can’t remember which) that James and Kathleen Littleton were looking for reviews of their book “Better by the Dozen Plus Two.” The title of the book immediately brought to mind one of my favorite books, “Cheaper by the Dozen,” so I offered to read their book and write a review.

The Littletons are to be greatly admired. In this day and age, when abortion is frequent, when contraception use is widespread, a faithful Catholic family who has been open to a large number of children is to be admired and respected. Like the authors, my husband and I were also open to a large number of children. Unlike the authors, however, we have more babies in heaven (seven) than we are raising. Still, we face the same issues they face on a daily basis.

James and Kathleen insist on Daily Mass for everyone in their family and they are strict when it comes to internet, television, movies, books, etc. As a parent, I especially appreciate that parents need to be too strict rather than too lenient in light of the sordid things that can be found on the internet.

I found this to be an interesting read, although as a faithful, Daily Mass attending, non-contracepting Catholic, that’s probably not a surprise. I enjoyed their writing style, although if I compared this book to Cheaper by the Dozen, there isn’t the same sort of laugh-out-loud humor and many of the chapters are dry and informative.

I received the book for free from the authors (thanks so much!). This book is available on Amazon in print or on Kindle.

Copyright 2012 Ellen Gable Hrkach


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