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MOMumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family by [Grant, Jennifer]
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...It is a love story, a must read for every Mom (and Dad!). With gut-wrenching honesty, Grant reminds us that imperfection should be celebrated, not feared, because we find beauty, grace and redemption in the messiness of real life.
- Kirk Martin, founder of CelebrateCalm.com and CelebrateADHD.com

More advance praise at jennifergrant.com

Grant stares down the monster of idealized parenthood, laying bare her own dreams and failures as a mom, and ultimately offering up a gentler, more effective model. Any mom living the competitive lifestyle that is modern motherhood will find relief, companionship, and encouragement in this delightful book.

- Lara Krupicka, writer, speaker, mother


MOMumental is a book about parenting, family, and intentional relationships for readers who normally avoid such fare like an overzealous street evangelist. (Raises hand.) Its wit and wisdom completely enraptured me. A delightful and surprising gift to us all.

- Cathleen Falsani award-winning journalist and author

Grant gives moms a real treasure in theis book:  the knowledge that none of us is perfect and yet each of us is up to the monumental task of building a great family.
- Caryn DahstrandRivadeneira, Author


Jennifer Grant's new book is as refreshing as a latte break, as forgiving as your best friend, and a lot cheaper than a therapist. Grant will make you realize that your kids will be fine--and so will you.
- Meg Cox, Author


...It is a love story, a must read for every Mom (and Dad!). With gut-wrenching honesty, Grant reminds us that imperfection should be celebrated, not feared, because we find beauty, grace and redemption in the messiness of real life.
- <span>Kirk Martin</span>, founder of CelebrateCalm.com and CelebrateADHD.com

More advance praise at jennifergrant.com

Grant stares down the monster of idealized parenthood, laying bare her own dreams and failures as a mom, and ultimately offering up a gentler, more effective model. Any mom living the competitive lifestyle that is modern motherhood will find relief, companionship, and encouragement in this delightful book.<div>
- <span>Lara Krupicka</span>, writer, speaker, mother </div>

MOMumental is a book about parenting, family, and intentional relationships for readers who normally avoid such fare like an overzealous street evangelist. (Raises hand.) Its wit and wisdom completely enraptured me. A delightful and surprising gift to us all.

- Cathleen Falsani award-winning journalist and author

Grant gives moms a real treasure in theis book:  the knowledge that none of us is perfect and yet each of us is up to the monumental task of building a great family.<div>- Caryn DahstrandRivadeneira, Author</div>

Jennifer Grant's new book is as refreshing as a latte break, as forgiving as your best friend, and a lot cheaper than a therapist. Grant will make you realize that your kids will be fine --and so will you.<div>- Meg Cox, Author</div>

Book Description

One mom’s humorous and candid memoir shows would-be supermoms how to create a realistically balanced family life without losing their minds.

 

A longtime former writer for the Chicago Sun-Times and now a columnist for the Chicago Tribune, Jennifer Grant is no stranger to the common reader. MOMumental is a foray into the enormously amusing, creative, and taxing process of raising a family and a starkly honest memoir that mothers everywhere can identify with. With narrative that is chock-full of humorous, poignant stories drawn from her everyday adventures as a mother and wife, Grant presents an entertaining and inspirational book that will give readers uncommon insights about being an intentional parent.


Product Details

  • File Size: 745 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Worthy Publishing (May 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 8, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QXID6W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,163,939 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By H. G. Scott on April 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
First things first: Grant, a writer for the Chicago Tribune, is an adroit storyteller. Packed into this book are many stories from Grant's life with kids--stories that are filled with wisdom and humor. But while her book is an entertaining (and refreshing) read, I don't think that's the most important contribution that MOMumental makes. Like Grant, I was a "child of divorce", "a latchkey kid" and I, too, heard all the doom-and-gloom predictions that psychiatrists and pastors alike used to make about our generation. Maybe you did too. We were the cursed generation. In a nutshell, we were doomed to terrible marriages and were set up to be colossal failures at being parents. In MOMumental, Grant tackles this myth and points out several ways to be a successful parent--albeit not perfect--no matter the baggage you come with. Read her adventures in parenting--you'll be blessed.
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I am an avid reader who likes books on parenting and motherhood, and I am a fan of Jennifer Grant because she makes me feel like she is one of us. A person who tries to make it through each day and make connections with her children that will make them feel loved and valued.

One of my favorite stories in the book was when she wrote about her children fighting and how she had to let them work things out. She had to fight her urge to get in between the battle because she wanted them to know the home was a safe place where they could live together and feel heard. As moms, we want to fix things and make sure everyone is happy, but Jennifer Grant reminds us stop trying to be that perfect or functional family, but to create a home that is filled with memories, where people can grow, and just be REAL.

Jennifer Grant is a wonderful writer who allows moms to breath deeply and be inspired to keep doing our best in a culture that puts unfair pressure on moms to do everything perfectly. This is a great book by a mom who understands motherhood.
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When I come across a good parenting book, I am instantly mesmerized. Add a Christian perspective to it, and I am definitely hooked. Jennifer Grant has written a book that is definitely all that and more. Over my years as a mother, I have read several "mother" books, but this is probably one of the best I have ever read. It is practical, humorous, and above all, non-condemning!

In the past, I have read mothering books that made me feel like I had to do A, B, and C in order to be a better mom. Oh, and if I didn't X, Y, and Z, I was going to mess my child up for life! I am so glad that Jennifer Grant does not take that view. She even shares stories of other's mistakes (including hers) that makes mother realize that it we are going to mess up (and sometimes mess up big!). And it is okay. We do the best we can with the knowledge we have at the time.

I share her view of little kids. I struggled through my daughter's early years, but I am enjoying her now. It does get easier. Even though there are other issues that will arise, I am glad my daughter is the age she is now. No more diapers or bottles.

My favorite page in the book was her take on the "Serenity Prayer." I don't want to ruin it for anyone, but I definitely want to frame a copy for my wall! I also was comforted when she talked about the different "bad mom" names she has had to endure over the years. I know how it feels to have someone criticize your parenting skills. Not fun at all!

I have no criticisms at all except she needs some companion guide to this that has some of her inspiring sayings. It would be neat to do this as a light, fun mom's study with some kind of interactive workbook. But until that happens, I will just go back and read certain parts when I get to feeling down as a mother.
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Author Jennifer Grant grew up as a latchkey kid from a divorced home. As she grew up, she envisioned herself in the future as a perfect mom with perfect kids who make no mistakes. When she became a mother, reality hit and Grant embraced a "Velveteen Parenting" style that she expands upon in her book, Momumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family. Grant's parenting style includes guidelines such as picking her battles, understanding that her children are not little adults but children who are learning and growing and are to be molded, asking questions about family, and making priorities as a family. Grant offers personal stories of her own family life as a mother so that maybe other moms can gain assurance that they are not alone in their struggles of motherhood.

In each chapter, Grant offers stories and wisdom she has gleamed in the adventures of being a mom. In the first chapter, which involves the "Adventures in Saying Yes," Grant argues that we must say yes to children in order to allow them to grow and make decisions and face their own consequences. At that same time we must also say no to keep our children safe and loved. In "Adventures in Accepting Conflict," Grant argues that the perfect family is not real because situations arise in life where problems occur, arguments are made and not everyone is going to agree on a solution. Reality sets in and if you accept that you are better able to deal with it.

Other tidbits that Grant offers throughout MOMumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family include:
-that it is okay to mess up. In fact it shows that we are human and messing up does not mean that we do not love our families any less.
-Moms need friendships to keep us grounded.
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