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- Publisher: Words By Sweetness Publishing House, Inc.; 1 edition (December 29, 2010)
- Publication Date: December 29, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004N62F7S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,109,263 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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On the other hand, I've often said that God knew what He was doing in not having me become a mother...
And there you have it...each woman, especially in these days of dual-career marriages (a phrase that started back in the 80's I believe) has a decision that only she can make...do I attend college and have a career, do I get married and become a mother, or do I do both. Many in the 80's believed that it was quite possible to have a successful career as well as taking care of home and children. And Donna Scrima-Black was one of those women--at first...
The truth is, it is extremely hard, if not impossible to be Mommy Best and also have a fulfilling, demanding career. "It took time for me to finally learn, despite all my career aspirations and the time I invested in achieving them, taking care of my son, was of Greatest Value to me..." (p. 15)
Of course, one of the major problems in becoming a full-time Mother is the financial stability of family--is it possible for the new mother not to return to her career immediately after birth of her child? For Derek's parents, there was a greater consideration. Derek had received a head surgery during the birthing activity, so this created an even greater burden on the parents' decision.
What is key to this book, although it shares a truly personal inside story of one family's life, Mommy Best has been created in a self-help format. Scrima-Black does not attempt to force her decisions onto other mothers. As all good writers do, she highlights the issue clearly--"there's no right or wrong way if you genuinely care for your child. It's critical to follow your heart in making the decision!" [to go back to work]. (p.16)
After an issue has been highlighted, then Donna shares her own story and thoughts. Main thoughts are spotlighted and then at the end of the chapter, there is space for the reader to jot down notes/reflections on what she has read.
One of the spotlighted items was one that hit home--an important one for women who have been in a top-level career but decide to stay home with the children. "You need to recognize that others...may have a difficult time..." (p. 24) Some women are concerned that it will be a problem to other women. Some women are single and have no comparison of the new relationship a mother now has... When I was in a leadership role, with mothers working under me...frankly I couldn't understand how they could "do it all!" I was performing at my best and expected my employees to do the same--how could they also take care of children and a home?
The other purpose of the book is to help women to consider writing/journaling their own "memoirs" as a new mother. This is a wonderful idea for many and the book does an excellent job in assisting women in how to bring thoughts into focus and shared in a logical, coordinated fashion.
Now, let me tell you that this book was first reviewed by Kevin (Dad), Derek (Son 12) and Dylan (Son almost 11). Since they have had direct experience of how Donna Scrima-Black has performed as Mommy Best, I'll let their high recommendations speak for that part. I believe as a self-help book for both life choices and memoir writing, this is an excellent, fun and easy book that will lead readers through the paces and importance of decisions related to becoming and being a mother! Kudos to this family for sharing so openly!
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This thought is echoed throughout MommyBest: 13 Inspirational Lessons Derek & Dylan's Mom (and maybe yours) Never Learned in School. Not that motherhood should be considered a "small thing." Donna Scrima-Black has written a self-help book for new moms which reaches out to females (and some males) that incorporates her memories, her feelings and her love of family into a very quick to read, feel good about yourself book.
Throughout the 13 lessons she mixes remembrances of her own that help the reader relate to said lesson. And after each lesson there is a reflection page so you can write down your own thoughts and memories. I really connected with Donna as she related a story in lesson 12 about the holidays and her grandmother.
I was very skeptical when I started to read this book written for females...but that thought was wiped out very quickly. The connection I felt with Donna was evident. It was like we were seated across from each other, sipping on a hot beverage and she was telling me the story of her "boys...my joys."
Even though men may not admit that they have feelings and probably couldn't write a book like this, I think they should read this one. It gives an insight into how a women feels before becoming a mom, what they have to "give up" becoming a mom and more importantly how they feel after becoming a mom. I also found that this could be a great way for an experienced mom or grandmother to re-live those days of yesteryear. By using the reflection pages, you have a family history of each birth, somewhat like a scrapbook. Any man would learn a great deal and should have a renewed sense of appreciation for their spouse after reading this. I am grateful for what my wife went through as we became parents and by reading this book I have a better understanding of why.
This would make a great gift for any woman who is contemplating pregnancy or as a shower gift after she is pregnant, or how about a fantastic Mother's Day gift for moms or grand moms alike.
I also recommend that both the husband and wife should read this together and discuss the upcoming changes that will occur in their life or to revive the feelings they had during that time.
And remember as Donna says, (not that she is the first) "Life goes by fast...learn to enjoy it."
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