Monday, February 16, 2015

Mothering From Scratch Review & $10 Family Christian Certificate Giveaway

Disclosure: I received product(s) for free in exchange for an honest review, which may differ from yours. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I used personally, and believe will be good for any of my readers

I often have felt like I was failing as a mother. I read stories about women that have the house cleaned, a full meal prepared and seem to have the world of mothering down to a science. 

I was never really confident around kids, but when I had my first daughter Isabella, she was such a happy baby and I thought to myself "hey, this isnt going to be so bad" 

Somewhere along the way, my sweet little girl turned from angel into a toddler

When my daughter would have a meltdown in public, or bolt across the store, grabbing ahold of anything she could get her hands on, I was so embarrassed and felt like a bad mother. I mean, I had always been a person that believed if you were doing your job as a parent, then your kids would behave. Boy was I WRONG!

Isabella is now almost 6 and I have another 2 year old, Emma.I have some really bad days where I feel like I am going to lose my mind. I never talk to anyone about it, because I don't want to look like a bad mom. 

Product Description
Find Your Own Mothering Style 

Trying to follow someone else's rules for mothering can take the joy out of being a parent. But Mothering From Scratch shows you how to develop your own style that helps you be the best mom for your kids.

Full of solid biblical truth, this book will help you
· explore your personality and examine your strengths and weaknesses in order to find what works for you
· tap into the resources surrounding you and get mentoring and support from other moms
· push past the fear of change or doing it wrong and allow room for grace in your mothering

Melinda Means and Kathy Helgemo provide a flexible, customizable approach to help you discover your optimal parenting style.

My Review
This book really opened up my eyes about parenting. I love how the authors give details of their own parenting experiences, along with a Lovin' Spoonful as you go, which are tidbits of encouragement and wisdom  for you to think about as you read through. 

Another thing I liked was the reminder, that you can start over. If you don't like the path you are on as a parent, you can simply start over with a new style and new goals. Sometimes I had to start over several times a day

At the end of each chapter there are stirring thoughts, which ask you questions about your parenting and exercises you can do to overcome obstacles. 

This book is a wonderful tool on its own but since it encourages reaching out for support of others when needed , it would be a great option for a book club or mom support group. Each week you could concentrate on a chapter and answer the questions, then come back and discuss it. 

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  1. Love them unconditionally and smile at them as they walk in the room .Treat them with respect. Rosanne

  2. My best tip is to always be patient and teach them about Jesus.

  3. Treat them the way you'd like to be treated.

  4. Be patient, and cherish the now.

  5. My best advise is to be consistent. You can't say something is okay one time and then not the next. Kids thrive with consistency and lots and lots of love.

  6. My best tip would be to love your kids and treat them with respect!