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Humpty Dumpty Just Needed a Nap: What Children's Stories Teach Us About Life, Love, and Mothering
If you're looking for some encouragement on your parenting journey, you won't regret buying this book. It's very well written, sharp, and will likely become one of your favorites, too."
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Chapters are short, easily digestible, and always unforgettable. Buy the book just for the laugh-out-loud fun of reading the chapter "Those Darned Joneses" out lout to anyone who will listen! Actually, I heartily recommend the whole book as a read-aloud to the whole family. And then you'll be forced to sneak off with it simply so you can peruse it at your leisure in private!
Well I m back now having read the first 15 chapters - I LOVE this book!!! As everyone has commented above: you can read this, put it down, pick it back up, read it all at once, whatever - it is brilliantly worded, that is an art. BUT so much more than that, it is wise in its counsel, and so heartfelt. Many chapters have made me more than ever realize how much of a "mom" my mom was, and how blessed I was to have known her!!
I am well into the autumn of my years - have never been and never will be a mom, but this book not only talks to me of what an incredible mom I had, but it talks to me of how I can learn to relate to my friends, my co-workers, and to the children at my church & esp in Sunday school class.
So far the most memorable comments:
"When a child is sad, only a mama will do."
"Sometimes mamas comfort just by their presence alone."
"Mama love know her children's frames..."
"Without mama love, we're just babysitting."
"RULES AND CONSISTENCY ARE GREAT, BUT WITHOUT GRACE THEY CAN BE TYRANNICAL."
"You know, my mother always treated each of us like we were her only child."
"We can practice restaurant behavior at each and every meal so that going to Chili's doesn't remind some bystanding couple why they chose not to have children."
"We don't need to dream up way to plump up our children's self-esteem. We only need... to be benevolently watching for opportunities to be their cheerleaders and encouraging them with abandon when the occasion arises."
I cannot pick which chapter has been the most memorable, as each one has ministered to me with a wealth of wisdom on how to live a better paced life, having a more proper balance in approaching others, not expecting others [nor ever wanting them to] to be cookie-cutter images of each other or of myself, being creative enough in winsomeness as those soldiers in "Stone Soup" [what a GREAT story!!].
Oh I forgot, years back I put in my profile on Amazon under a pseudonym, just to confuse everyone, LOL! This is actually Dorothy Moran, :0)
CHEERS AMY for a most BRILLIANT BOOK!! I am only reading a chapter a day [night] so I don't blend things together in my feeble reading abilities, but I soooooooooo look forward to each and every chapter, MANY THANKS for it all!!