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Mama Needs a Do-Over: Simple Steps to Turning a Hard Day Around Paperback – September 1, 2015
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Too often we want to throw in the towel when we face hard days in motherhood. Lisa s words will inspire you, as a mother, to view your problems as potential sources for positive spiritual change, and her laugh-out-loud humor will give your heart the joy it needs.
Amber Lia, television and film producer, founder and writer of MotherOfKnights.com--Amber LIa"
If laughter truly is medicine for the soul, then we can all benefit from Lisa Pennington s honesty about resetting our lives. Her book is filled with hope and practical solutions for making lemonade out of some of the lemons in our day. I laughed my way through her book and am inspired to live above my circumstances by hitting my reset button before things get ugly. Thank you, Lisa!
Roxanne Parks, founder and president of Winter Summit Ministries, Inc.--Roxanne Parks"
Amber Lia, television and film producer, founder and writer of MotherOfKnights.com
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This book isn't necessarily what I thought of when I decided to read and review a "parenting" book. I would better classify this title as a refreshing look at parenting as part of a soul-seeking challenge of life. The author has nine children of various ages, and she birthed the last at 42. In my opinion, that makes her qualified to talk about parenting, even if you don't agree with her style (more on that later).
The book is broken down in sections. The process they encourage helps you to tap into what makes you unique and helps you identify how those things can benefit you when working through difficult parenting seasons. I would argue that accepting the challenge and doing the work prepares you for the struggles of life in general and not just those that arise with parenting. Regardless, the author helps you to formulate your plan so you can be prepared to face encounters and approach them in a new way. She offers several suggestions, broken down by rough age categories, to "reset" the day and turn the ship around.
I found her advice practical for those of us that are dealing with the fit du jour or mountains of laundry. It's even more helpful if you are a stay at home spouse (male or female) and sometimes resent the opportunity your partner has to leave the house. Lisa herself is a self-professed control freak and kitchen failure, but it's easy to see that she maintains her sense of humor through her own struggles. Plus, she's doing it all while homeschooling her children! It's refreshing to get perspective and realize that these moments don't last forever, and YOU ultimately control the situation by your reaction to it. You can realize that the situation provides stress as a means and opportunity for personal growth.
The author obviously holds deeply religious views. Her thoughts on "do-overs" have her beliefs sprinkled all over them. I did not find these offensive, but I'm also a believer in Christ. Someone who doesn't have the same faith may not find her book as easily accessible as I did.
I did a little search on the author after finishing the book as she referenced her blog at The Pennington Point (Blog). My research yielded several things of note. First, the author hasn't blogged since the spring of 2015. You can find links to deleted blog posts with a search, including one about spanking babies. I PERSONALLY don't approach the mechanics of parenting in the same way she does and would never paddle a baby. Our soon to be 22 month old has never been paddled. She and I are going to have to agree to disagree on a lot of things involving parenting style and how "obedient" I think my child should be. I'm not trying to raise a robot here. Two, the author is currently dealing with a crisis. It would seem that one of her daughters has chose to approach life without the support of her family and lacks the documentation to support her identity and make a way for herself. If you want to know what it's all about, you can get all kinds of details by doing a quick search. Lastly, the author (currently) has a much stronger Facebook presence. You can find her at The Pennington Point (Facebook Like Page).
I only bring it up for this reason... Yes, I am aware that the family is facing some difficulties. Yes, I realize that everyone is entitled to their views on parenting and faith. BUT... I wanted this post to focus solely on the content of the book and not what can be found on the blog or my view on Lisa's parenting. If you are a Christian and a parent who struggles with sometimes seeing the good in the day, this book can benefit you regardless of your personal views on the struggles they face. I think we can all benefit from finding the joy in our everyday struggles and who doesn't need a little spontaneous game of "zoo" in their life? :-)
I recieved a digital copy of this title for my honest review.
Just Google her, her husband, and her daughter Alecia Faith Pennington and the scandal that erupted last year when it came to light that the Penningtons had neglected to register the births of their children, get them Social Security numbers, or even even take them to a doctor, which led to then 18 year old Alecia not having any legal proof of her identity.
If the state of Texas has passed laws based on the ineptitude of your parenting skills, you're probably the last person to write a parenting book!
“Dirty dishes overflow the sink. Your two youngest kids just began their third round of hand-to-hand combat today. And now the washing machine won’t start. Visions of putting a home-cooked meal in the oven while the family plays happily in the living room evaporate amid scramming, complaining, and slammed doors–and that’s not even counting what the children are doing!”
The author gives personal stories, practical advice, all mixed with a dose of humor! At the end of each chapter, there are “simple assignments” which may consist of questions, instructions, scripture to look up and read, charting, journaling, etc.
To be honest, I am not a huge self-help book fan. I accepted the opportunity to read and review this book because the title was intriguing and it turns out that this book is a good read! There was not a whole lot of new advice that I felt I should follow, however, there were plenty of reminders of tools that I already knew but haven’t practiced in awhile. For a mom who has not had the opportunity to be mentored by experienced women, this would be a great book to glean practical advice and tools! The author’s humor and positive attitude made this book an easy read (even though I can’t relate to the desire of tearing apart a kitchen and remodeling it on my own)! I also loved how she sprinkled scripture throughout her chapters which was very encouraging! I can definitely see how this book would be especially helpful to a busy mom of young children (and/or many children) but it could be helpful to all moms in various stages of parenting!
In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission I am required to disclose that David C Cook (through Shelton Interactive) provided this book for free in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.