When MOPS international asked me about reviewing their latest book I leaped at the chance. I have a couple of their books and have loved each of them. Their chapters tend to be short and to the point and always have something I can relate to in it.
So, what is this newest book about? It’s about developing your Momsense and how to best do that.
The first section is about defining and looking at where you came from, what was your Mom’s parenting style like, and what are the areas you want to improve. At the end of each chapter there are questions for you to answer and look at for how you can improve your mothering.
The second section takes some of the things every book about mothering agrees you need, and gives some practical advice and also some humorous or touching stories about other moms. And, they’re not all stay at home, or the perfect family moms. Some of the moms work full time, some of them are the accidental mother who now loves being a mom, others are single, some are the mom who has 5 kids, another is the mom who has one little girl who she loves with a passion.
For me the best part of the book is reading the testimonial of the other moms on what they did. Jeff at one point had to ask what I was reading as I was chortling over the chapter on joy. I won’t spoil the story for you, but if you’ve been reading the blog long enough you know I would get a big kick out of a child’s accidental trouble over bringing the wrong kind of “cool looking box” to school. I then had to read the story to Jeff, and talk for a long time with him about it.
I would encourage any of you moms out there, and I know that’s a significant portion of my readership to pick up a copy of this book. It’s a nice easy read, and it’s tempting to blaze through it, but I’d recommend you just take a chapter a day and actually read it slowly and answer the questions, which I’m going to be going back and doing soon.
I’d also encourage you to find a local MOPS group to join if you have a pre-schooler. I was in for two years as the Creative Activites director, and I really enjoyed the group. My group met at night and was over half working moms, which made for a fun mix. I learned so much from the speakers and the topics we covered, nutrition, parenting styles, personalities, solving conflicts, on and on and on.
So, that’s my two plugs. Now for the giveaway:
1. You must be over 18 and leave me a way to contact you, international is okay since I’m doing the shipping and I’m feeling generous.
2. How to enter:
REQUIRED: Tell me your definition of Momsense. What is it and how do you use it?
BONUS: You can get up to 3 bonus entries:
1. Go to the MOPS international website and find the closest group to you and when does it meet.
2. If you’re a follower that’s another entry.
3. And ummmm…. I’m feeling a lack of creativity right now, so just add another comment for the third bonus entry.
Giveaway ends on November 4th, a week from today.
MAKE SURE EACH OF YOUR ENTRIES IS A DIFFERENT COMMENT.
I’m gonna link this over to my favorite resource of the week, because I really enjoy a good parenting book, and that helps me in my homeschooling.