Monday, February 16, 2015

Mothering from Scratch by Melinda Means and Kathy Helgemo(With Giveaway!!!)

Bethany House Publishers (January 20, 2015) 208 pages


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 Thoughts:

I skimmed this book. I didn't read it word for word, though I did gain lots of encouragement from it. I just want to make sure I state that right up front.

First, I'll mention the format of this book. It wasn't my favorite. I'll be the first to admit that the older I get, the more picky I become concerning font size and formats. It's a reason I try to convince myself that e-books are my friend more that paper copies these days, but I so love the feel and the smell of "real" books(most of them, anyway). It's a hard lesson to fully accept for myself. This particular book has small print, and it's just a bit chaotic, in general. There seems to be so much information, that my eyes are darting back and forth to take it all in. Plus, with this being co-authored, there is more than one person talking, so it goes back and forth in that sense, too.

Other than that, I found this to be an encouraging read. I like being encouraged as a mother. With so many judgments being doled out, from the parenting "expert" that doesn't have children yet(I'll admit I was one, once upon a time!), to the mom who thinks her parenting method is THE best, to the mom that has forgot just how hard it was to parent back in the day, parenting is tough. There's not the help and encouragement that it seems there once was any more.

This book gives examples and encouragement to rely on God, and not compete or try to measure up to what other moms are doing or what they think is best. God has given us all a set of commands within the Bible, and no matter what anybody says God "told" them, He doesn't make exceptions. If a "rule" applies to one person, it applies to the next one just as much. That said, God has given us all different talents. He never said that every mother had to be crafty. He's blessed some moms with the desire to be crafty, but others, like me, not so much. That doesn't make me any less of a mother. There's a little story about the "craft-less guilt" in this book, and I enjoyed it. Really, there's lots of encouraging stories about the authors and the parenting lessons they've learned.

From the encouragement and lessons I gained from this book(even if skimmed), I feel confidant recommending it to you, too.

*I was provided a review copy, in exchange for my honest opinion.


Purchase Link:

Mothering From Scratch: Finding the Best Parenting Style for You and Your Family



I'd like to give my copy to one of you, as long as you realize that I have children and a couple of pages are bent a bit. I might have dog eared one page, before I remembered I wanted to pass it on to someone else, too. :O (It's still a perfectly lovely copy, though!) ;)

If you'd like a bit of mommy encouragement, or know someone who could use it, just leave me a comment(with a way to contact you should you win).

Feel free to share this giveaway! Let me know you did, and I'll give you an extra entry.

-US only.
-Must be 13 or older
-Ends February 23rd, 2015

Good Luck!


1 comment:

  1. I'd like to give it a try! thissimplemom at gmail dot com