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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800720229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800720223
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,294,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Embrace your instincts!

Do blogs, books, magazines, and well-meaning women in your life have you questioning your mothering intuition? Jean Blackmer is here to tell you that you are the best mom for your children--and you have what it takes to raise them.

With personal stories from real moms and proven, practical advice, MomSense helps you honestly assess your skills, embrace your mothering instincts, and develop your own unique mothering style. Rather than pushing one "right" way to be a mom, this hope-filled book shows you that you can have contentment, joy, and confidence in your role as Mom.

"God doesn't make mistakes. He has divinely paired you to be the mother of your child. You can best invest in your child by developing your own personal MomSense--and this book shows you how."--Elisa Morgan, speaker/author, She Did What She Could; publisher, FullFill™; president emerita, MOPS International

"Through fun-to-read, power-packing stories mixed with solid advice, Jean at once affirms, empowers, and equips moms to be the kind of moms God created them to be."--Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira, author, Mama's Got a Fake I.D.

"In this amazing little book, you will discover all the gifts you already possess to be a great parent. After a dose of MomSense you can't help but be encouraged to be the kind of mom God designed you to be."--Kathi Lipp, author, The Husband Project

"You don't have to be perfect to be the perfect mom for your child. But you need an endless supply of MomSense. Here it is!"--Carol Kuykendall, author, speaker, MOPS consulting editor

"MomSense is a must-read for any mom. Jean encouraged me, inspired me, and provided me with the resources to take action."--Tracey Bianchi, pastor for women, Christ Church of Oak Brook; author, Green Mama: The Guilt-Free Guide to Helping You and Your Kids Save the Planet

"Do yourself a favor and bathe in the wisdom of this book--you'll emerge with more confidence and strength in what every mom has inside: the power to be a great mother."--Lisa T. Bergren, author, Life on Planet Mom and The Busy Mom's Devotional

Jean Blackmer is the publishing manager for MOPS International, where she gets to develop books designed specifically for moms of preschoolers. She is also the author of Boy-sterous Living! Celebrating Your Loud and Rowdy Life with Sons and is a regular contributor to MomSense magazine. She lives in Colorado with her husband, Zane, and their three sons.

About the Author

Jean Blackmer is the publishing manager for MOPS International where she gets to develop books designed specifically for moms of preschoolers. She is also the author of a book for moms of boys, Boy-sterous Living! Celebrating Your Loud and Rowdy Life with Sons, is a regular contributor to MomSense magazine, and has written for other magazines including Guideposts, Thriving Family, Today's Christian Woman, and Christian Parenting Today. She has her masters degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder and lives in Colorado with her husband, Zane, and their three sons.

More About the Author

Jean Blackmer was the publishing manager for MOPS International (www.MOPS.org) where she developed books designed specifically for moms. She is currently doing research and consulting for the Tango Family Initiative (www.tangofamilyinitiative.com). She lives in Colorado with her husband Zane and their three sons.

Customer Reviews

I found this book to be incredibly helpful in my time of need.
Leah T. Coppo
The bad: I think the author used too many anecdotal stories from other mothers and authored very little of the book.
S. Derichsweiler
I believe any mom, whether she has big kids or little kids, can take away some valuable insight from this book.
CM

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tammy Palermo on July 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
Being a member of MOPS International since 2004, I have read many of the theme books. Now, that I have moved on to MOMSnext (mothers of school aged children), I have found the theme books to not be as applicable to me. That was until MomSense! I found this book to be more about me as a mother and not necessarily about mothering. Jean Blackmer really nailed it with many ideas resonating to moms at any staging in their parenting. She really did some great research that has me considering reading some of the books she mentioned. I also really enjoyed the personal stories that were from different moms. As the steering team for my MOMSnext group plans for this year, I am encouraging every member to read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FabFive on November 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is a good read especially for moms who are feeling alone or isolated. The book does a good job of providing examples of parenting and the lessons that a mom can learn through other moms who are just like her. I did feel like the book was one example after another and that it didn't really get into something super substantial like I hoped it would. I did learn a lot from the patience chapter. I am severely lacking in the patience department and I really need to work on that. There were some good ideas to help me with that so it was by far my favorite part of the book.

I think this book would be beneficial for new-ish moms, moms of very small children, and moms who are just feeling overwhelmed. I do not think this book is idea for moms who are experienced or deal with childhood trauma because the problems in the book are fairly trivial in comparison to holes in the walls and door and massive property destruction because "mom read one story instead of two".

Overall, I would recommend this book to my friends. It is a light, easy read that is well organized. It doesn't get into heavy duty parenting like so many of us have to deal with on a daily basis and it provides some fresh ideas for those of us struggling personally in some of the basic parenting skills departments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EricaG on November 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
Ms. Blackmer's book is not a hard-hitting text for a child development course. You probably will not find yourself shocked by a completely new, astounding revelation. Instead, it is a cup-of-coffee-with-a-good-friend kind of read. It's a I've-had-a-really-hard-day-and-I-need-to-know-I'm-not-alone book. Instead of feeling your jaw drop at pages and pages of revelatory information, you will be nodding at the familiarity of Blackmer's observations and anecdotes. Any revelation will not come from the content; it will come from YOU, inspired by the author's warm tone and her ability to draw you close and expose those shadowy places in your heart where you beat yourself up, question your worth, and feel certain that everyone is better at mothering than you are. This book does have the potential for epiphany if you dive into it as a tool for self-reflection, not an instruction manual.

MomSense isn't meant to be prescriptive. This is not the kind of parenting book that tells you how to parent. You won't find tips for diapering, breastfeeding, or making the perfect tuna noodle casserole. MomSense isn't that kind of book. It doesn't ascribe to a particular parenting style, and in that, the book becomes accessible to mothers in all their wonderful variety. But because of the potential breadth of audience, readers should be prepared to take what fits and leave the rest (good advice for most decisions regarding the raising of a family).

So if MomSense isn't a how-to-parent book, what is it? Jean Blackmer makes good on her title; the book guides you toward confident mothering, not just going through the motions, not just accepting what's good enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LindseyB on June 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
When reading this book I felt like the author was talking to just me. I loved how real the stories are. They gave me a sense of "oh, it's not just me that experiences these feelings/situations". Fantastic read. I recommend it to every mom!
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As mothers, we are often full of self-doubt, often comparing our mothering skills to the way we were mothered and to other mothers around us. I found that this book did not expect me to be Super Mom, but instead gave me tips to help me find the best ways to help me to guide my children -- from teaching respect, patience, self-control and more -- not cut-and-dried rules of parenting that seem to fill many parenting books. The author of this book seemed to understand that there are many good ways to reach the same results in our children and that no one way is better than another or will work with every child.
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