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12 Simple Secrets Real Moms Know: Getting Back to Basics and Raising Happy Kids 1st Edition

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Editorial Reviews

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"A worthy addition for most parenting collections." (Library Journal, February 15, 2006)

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"12 Simple Secrets Real Moms Know is a revolutionary, wonderful, and welcome answer to a mother’s prayers. Michele Borba has shown us all how to be loving moms who raise great kids, without losing our peace of mind, our lives as adults, or our true selves."
—Phyllis George, former Miss America and former first lady of Kentucky

"Michele infuses you with the wisdom and warmth of her over twenty years of teaching, shares the savvy of her indepth research of over 5000 parents and helps return you to the heart of successful parenting."
—Stacy Debroff, author, The Mom Book and founder of momscentral.com

"12 Simple Secrets Real Moms Know is a Godsend for all the anxious, stressed-out mothers who worry that they're not "doing enough" (and that's pretty much everyone!)"
—Christiane Northrup, M.D., author, Mother-Daughter Wisdom; The Wisdom of Menopause; and Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

"I am a firm believer in the importance of parental involvement and the tremendous influence mothers can have on their child's development.  I appreciate the message that this book champions and the guidance it provides to mothers struggling to foster a brighter future for their children."
—Mary Bono, Member of Congress, California's 45th District

"Michele has done it again.  She's given mothers a book full to the brim with wisdom, stories, and tips on how to raise happy, well adjusted children."
—Mimi Doe, author, Busy but Balanced and founder of SpiritualParenting.com

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (March 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078798096X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787980962
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,010,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Finally, a real book for real moms offering real practical guidance for raising real children! I should know. I'm a mom of nine (yes, 9) children, aged 5 to 17. I've bought, read, skimmed, and peeked in almost every mothering/parenting book there is out there, and never found one that really offered sound direction or reassurance until now. It's put everything I've learned about being a mom (so far) into a wonderful, clear, and uplifting format (easy to pick up where you left off and read when you can catch a moment), and teaches me so much more. It should be a mandatory "manual" for all mothers!

The other thing I love about this book is that it promotes the fact that as moms we need to take care of ourselves, pursue our own interests, and not loose our identity in our families. Something I've worked hard to do myself and one of my biggest secrets for being "successful" in my calling as a mother. This book not only encourages you to eliminate the "supermom" image from your life, but tells you how to do it. Then helps you develop your own individual identity as a mother and set up your own mission statement or mothering plan from what Borba calls "A Mother's Promise," based on the true needs of our children.

There is no cookie cutter technique for parenting. Each family is unique and each child has their own individual needs, responses, attitudes, temperments, etc. This book helps you to use your mother instincts, as well as your own experiences, to create a plan that can work for your own family and each of your children as the individuals that they are.

I found this book at my church bookstore, but there is nothing necessarily religious or spiritual about it (other than respecting mothers' instincts).
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It's high time we went back to basics in parenting. When my kids were young and I was transporting them from point A to point B, we turned the radio off and had some of our best conversations in that car. These days almost every mom I see dropping her child off at school has a cell phone to her ear as the little one exits the car. The look on their little faces is pitiful. They are used to being casually dismissed. So is the look on the mom's as she drives away, distracted and once again harboring guilt. So sad. Yes, mom's today are busier than ever. . .but do they have to be? No! Michele Borba's new book shows new, over-worked mom's how to achieve balance. Childrearing is supposed to be a joy. . .okay, it's frought with some rough days, but how many are of our own making because we've over-booked and over-stressed our kids and ourselves. What happened to simply being? Talking? Listening? Young adults tell us to "chill". So does Michele, in a completely practical, digestible way! BUY THIS BOOK and give it to young mom's in your life. I HAVE!
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12 Simple Secrets Real Moms Know is the "how-to" book for any mom or mom-to-be wondering how to raise happy, caring, well-adjusted children. The best thing about it? It requires no special tools other than the ones you already possess! This book contains all the guidance and wisdom you need for great mothering skills that will ensure your kids are happy kids.
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I think this is a fantastic book. Nothing she has to say is new or novel or earth-shattering. Nothing here is rocket-science. Most of it is very basic logic and common sense.
But there may be a time when reading this may change your life.​
Having lived my life as a parent of five while also being a full-time teacher, followed by sixteen years as a family counsellor, I can heartily endorse the wisdom in this book. Some of this I knew and did, some of this I knew but didn't ever have the courage to do, and some of it I never thought about until now.
I hope everyone (male and female) will make a point of getting this book and reading it -- and also going back to it time and time again as the situations in your life change, because you will see it through new eyes then.
Borba has managed to distill the combined wisdom of many parents into a concise readable guidebook highlighting the most essential things we need to know (and remember!).
This book would be an asset to every parent readiness class, as well as all the 'veterans of the wars'.
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Wow! This is the parenting book that I have been seeking for quite some time!!! The 12 secrets are clear, straightforward concepts that are excellently illustrated though relatable stories. You'll want to memorize the 12 secrets so that you can embrace and apply this thoughtful, heartfelt, and connected approach to all aspects of your parenting. Yes, the secrets are simple, but that doesn't mean that every mom automatically knows them immediately after giving birth. If motherhood isn't fully intuitive for you, or even if it is, then this book is an important read. In other words, it is an absolutely essential read, because pretty much all moms can benefit from it. The title should be "Secrets from the Most Caring Moms," and I wish I had come across it 5 years ago!
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