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31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom Paperback – August 1, 2015
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"If you're tired of waiting on your children hand and foot, 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom will liberate you!"
—Dr. Kevin Leman, New York Times bestselling author of Have a New Kid by Friday and Planet Middle School
"Unhappy mothers will likely have unhappy children. Conversely, happy moms normally have happy children. 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom is a practical, easy-to-read guide to growth toward happiness. You owe it to yourself, and your children deserve it. I highly recommend this book."
—Gary Chapman, PhD, author of The Five Love Languages
"Moms, get ready to take a much needed break. Pick up this book to find refreshment and nourishment for your mommy soul!"
—Jill Savage, CEO of Hearts at Home and author of No More Perfect Moms
"Arlene manages to make big ideas more approachable. This is a big-idea book—wrapped in plain language and real-life stories. This book continues the tradition of offering positive, powerful help—right where all of us need it!"
—Dr. David and Lisa Frisbie, executive directors, Healthy Habits for Parents and Families
"31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom is more than helpful. It is life-changing! Arlene knows how to be a godly, great mom and she shows you how to be one too. After reading this book, you and your kids will be a lot happier and a lot healthier!"
—Dr. David Clarke, psychologist, speaker, and author of I Don't Want a Divorce and Married But Lonely
"Arlene is a bright light and in this book she will be your daily dose of encouragement as you seek to become part of the minority elite who've figured out how to mother the happy way."
—Dannah Gresh, creator, Secret Keeper Girl®
"Why are moms today so stressed and overwhelmed much of the time? It's time for a revival of good old common sense in motherhood today. If you're ready to take mothering to the next level and joyfully accept God's calling for you, then read 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom. Arlene candidly gives you the tools you'll need to be the parent you want to be."
—Dave Stone, senior pastor of Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, KY, and author of the Faithful Families series
"Happy, healthy, and heart-for-God kids are a reflection of a happy, healthy, and heart-for-God mom. Arlene loves being a mother and she loves equipping, encouraging, and empowering moms around the world to love God and love their high-calling. 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom is a must-read for every mom."
—Pam Farrel, author of 40 books, including Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti
About the Author
Arlene Pellicane is an author and speaker who formerly served as the associate producer for Turning Point Television with Dr. David Jeremiah. Arlene and her family make their home in southern California.
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My main beef with this book is that it is yet another Christian book for women that alludes to depression as a character flaw rather than a legit medical condition. Pellicane notes that thirteen percent of the overall US population and 25% of women ages 50 to 64 are on antidepressants. "Depression is a real struggle for many moms," she says, but then goes on to suggest that the cure for having wonky brain chemistry is to laugh at yourself and find entertainment value in the amusing things your children say and do. This is incredibly flawed at best and downright dangerous at worst. Would you shame someone with asthma for using an inhaler? Would you look down your spiritual nose at someone who has arthritis and tell them that if they were just a better Christian, their joints wouldn't hurt anymore? Of course not.
Depression is no different than those. Requiring an antidepressant does NOT mean you're a "bad Christian" or a lesser human being. Positive thinking works for a case of the blues, but for real, diagnosed, clinical depression, it absolutely does not work. While there is power in focusing on the good in life, and while a strong walk with God is crucial no matter what your mental state, to imply that just slapping a smile on your face and finding something to laugh at can control a medically recognized mental illness is incredibly ignorant, insensitive, and irresponsible. It is entirely possible that Ms. Pellicane's advice isn't aimed at people who suffer from clinical depression, but this is very unclear in the book.
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As a stay at home mom of two rambunctious boys, I have struggled non-stop on how to be happy in...Read more