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Mom Connection: Creating Vibrant Relationships in the Midst of Motherhood Paperback – May 1, 2012
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Parenting young children is an all-consuming task that can make you feel disconnected and, honestly, a bit fragmented. But having kids shouldn't mean you rarely get to complete a conversation with a friend! In this witty, encouraging book, Tracey Bianchi shows us how to
cultivate deeper friendships that challenge us to grow
create healthy, life-giving rhythms for our families
connect and give back to the wider world beyond our doors
If you've ever sat back exasperated and thought, "There has got to be a better way to do this mothering thing," then let this conversation with Tracey on friendship, connection, and the rhythms of our lives begin to shape your heart.
"Tracey Bianchi makes us instantly friends with her. Real. Winsome. Approachable. Tracey convinces us we can connect."--Elisa Morgan, president emerita, MOPS International; publisher, FullFill; author, She Did What She Could
"Tracey Bianchi understands what you are experiencing and provides comfort, candor, counsel, and companionship through the pages of this deeply encouraging book. Every mom I know should read this book!"--Helen Lee, author of The Missional Mom; cofounder of Redbud Writers Guild
"This practical and fun read encourages moms everywhere--motherhood may not always be 'peppy bliss,' yet in the midst of it we find our unique groove by connecting with our own hearts, families, friends, and God."--Shayne Moore, activist; author, Global Soccer Mom
"If you've ever felt alone as a mom, you must read this book! Tracey offers specific ways to find friends and thrive as a mom. Her 'mom-tested tips' in each chapter are practical, doable, inspiring. Highly recommended!"--Keri Wyatt Kent, popular MOPS speaker; author of Deeper into the Word and Breathe
Tracey Bianchi is a hyper, overcaffeinated mother of three who is camped out in the Chicago suburbs with her husband Joel and, sometimes, a goldfish. She does freelance writing and speaking for a wide variety of nationally recognized organizations. She also serves as the Pastor for Women at Christ Church of Oak Brook. You can catch her musings and find out more about her other books and projects at www.traceybianchi.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
When I first read the title, I expected Mom Connections to be about making mommy friends, joining mommy groups, and maybe signing up for a zumba class with other ready-to-get-fit mommies. To be truthful, I expected the book to be pretty fluffy, and I imagined little more than the light banter of most mommy magazines. I was pleasantly surprised. Bianchi touches upon the many crucial connections in a woman's life, not only friendships. She gracefully moves from self, to family, to extended family, to marriage, to friendship, and finally, to the larger community. She points to the delicate complexities of in-law relationships and the essential communication in marriage. She does all of this with an eye toward identifying and creating "rhythms" in various areas of life...
I enjoyed Mom Connections. I would absolutely share it with other moms, especially new moms. I applaud Tracey Bianchi's candor and humor. I love her attention to the difficulties that come with all relationships. I think she is at her very best when she discusses the challenge of navigating the pressures as a husband and wife seeking to carve out a family culture of their own...
Mom Connection is encouraging, gentle, and challenging all at the same time. If you're feeling a little lost and alone, like you need a friend, but don't know where to start, Mom Connection will be a great first step.
gParenting young children is an all-consuming task that can make you feel disconnected and, honestly, a bit fragmented. But having kids shouldnft mean you rarely get to complete a conversation with a friend! In this witty, encouraging book, Tracey Bianchi shows us how to cultivate deeper friendships that challenge us to grow, create healthy, life- giving rhythms for our families and connect and give back to wider world beyond our doors.h
So I totally LOVED the intro to this book because I connected to it on SO many levelsc Here are a couple of my favorite quotes just from page 1~!
gI totally text people while playing hide and seek with my kids. That, or try to sneak a two-minute nap. Lying in the bathtub I hear echoes and shrieks rising through the floor. They are still downstairs. I close my eyes and try to breathe deep while plastic bath toys poke my lower back.h
Bianchi goes on to explain that one of the greatest complaints of our generation is how stressed and busy we are and how we put a lot of that stress on our selves. We are the ones who control the rhythm of our families and as moms we are at the forefront of those controls most of the time. She brings up a lot of good points- how do we want our families and friends to remember us? What legacy are we leaving behind for our kids? She talks about the people we encounter, the relationships we build and how we can ggracefully engageh those around us instead of treating them like items on a checklist.Read more ›
That's when someone introduced me to MOPS, Mothers of Preschoolers. (MOPS.org) This was the best connection I could have ever asked for during this very trying time in my mothering.
So now, when they were asking for mothers to participate in a Mom Blogger Book Tour, I jumped at the chance!
The new book is called Mom Connection: Creating Vibrant Relationships in the Midst of Motherhood by Tracey Bianchi. What a great book to represent MOPS!
Tracey starts right off in the introduction with such a crazy accurate statement:
"It's exhausting to be a parent in our generation."
She goes on to explain that our lives have a rhythm, kind of like spinning multiple hula hoops around our waists. We just keep adding more and more hula hoops until the rhythm starts to fall apart and everything falls. Our kids have such a simple rhythm to them. We need to take some pointers.
Meanwhile, as we try to keep all of our families' hula hoops going, we neglect our own connections outside of the four walls of our home.
The layout of the book is so readable! I love how each chapter ends with "5 Mom Tested Tips" that go along with the chapter. It also ends with a reflection page, a thumbs up and thumbs down journaling opportunity for the reader to add her own notes. Finally, Tracey gives us a list of books, people, and other random stuff that she uses or quotes in the chapter. I personally love this feature, because it puts it all in one spot so I don't have to thumb through the chapter for any particular reference.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a wonderful book to read! It is such a crucial issue for moms, for us all, to be able to create good relationships with each other in the different stages of our lives. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Anita Gibbon
I was very disappointed after reading Mom Connection by Tracey Bianchi
I find this book random and confusing. Read more
Tomorrow is Mother's Day. A day we set aside to honor those who gave us life thanks to Julia Ward Howe (1870) and Anna Jarvis (1914). Read morePublished on November 26, 2012 by K. Hutson
My MOPS group is using this book for our meetings. We all love it and laugh along with Tracey Bianchi! She is funny and honest in the book. We can't wait to finish it!Published on November 26, 2012 by S Jarrell
I truly enjoyed this book! Mom connection is an encouraging book for any mother! Tracey Bianchi does a great job at sharing her stories of motherhood to make you not feel alone. Read morePublished on July 8, 2012 by Mrs.Stacy08
Many of think we don't have time for real relationships. In this book, Tracey Bianchi teaches us just the opposite--it is actually these kind of relationships that refuel,... Read morePublished on May 29, 2012 by Gorsch Mommy
Overwhelmed? Out of rhythm? Off course? Lost in the endless cycle of motherhood? Out of touch?
This is the book for you. Read more
i just finished reading Mom Connection by Tracey Bianchi, and i've already passed it along to one of my Mom Friends. Read morePublished on May 20, 2012 by mamahall
I love this book - Bianchi's clear and practical advice to moms (especially to those who under the influence of "parenting fog" in their kids' early years) is life-giving and will... Read morePublished on May 17, 2012 by Jennifer Grant