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What Every Mom Needs Paperback – July 17, 2006
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Moms have needs, too! Nine, to be exact?and meeting them will help mothers to be more contented, well-rounded persons as well as better moms. Elisa Morgan and Carol Kuykendall of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International help mothers learn how to meet their needs for significance, identity, growth, intimacy, recreation, and more. Based on responses to more than 1,000 questionnaires, What Every Mom Needs includes the personal insights of moms, Mothering Maxims of condensed wisdom, and Building Blocks containing exercises, questions, and practical tips. Now in softcover. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Author
Elisa Morgan is president and CEO of MOPS International, Inc., an organization dedicated to nurturing mothers of preschoolers. She hosts the daily, nationwide radio program, "Mom Sense," and is the author of Mom to Mom and Chronicles of Childhood, and general editor of the Moms Devotional Bible. Carol Kuykendall is vice-president of communications ministries for MOPS International. She is the author of Learning to Let Go, Give Them Wings, A Mothers Footprints of Faith, and co-author with Elisa Morgan of What Every Child Needs --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Two other things that made have made this book a real winner as far as I'm concerned: First of all, Elisa and Carol give very generous credit to their sources, including an appendix with footnotes, and a "for further reading" list at the end of each chapter. What I especially liked about this was that they did not limit their research to Christian authors and sources. Thanks to them, I rediscovered Barbara Sher's book "Wishcraft" and as a result of digging through HER book, have more or less rekindled some dreams of my own. So, I feel as if I owe Elisa and Carol as much a debt of gratitude as I do Barbara. Isn't that cool? And secondly, they emphasize very strongly that all moms need to look out for each other--none of this "mommy war" stuff between women who work outside the home and women who are spending a season at home.
And I do have to agree with the other reviewer about this book making a great shower gift. I heartily recommend that this be given to a new or expectant mom, along with a gift certificate for a free night of babysitting. You'll definitely get that mom's prize for best present!
And that is sad because this book is well-written and informative in what it calls the 9 basic needs of MOPS (mothers of pre-schoolers):
significance (Sometimes I wonder if mothering matters),
identity (Sometimes I'm not sure who I am),
growth (Sometimes I long to develop who I am),
intimacy (Sometimes I long to be understood),
instruction (Sometimes I don't know what to do),
help (Sometimes I need to share the load),
recreation (Sometimes I need a break),
perspective (Sometimes I lose my focus), and
hope (Sometimes I wonder if there is more to life).
If you're a Christian mom who stays home primarily because of religious beliefs, this book is right up your alley and should be given a 4-star review.
If you're not Christian then the biblical references will make you want to throw this book against the nearest wall and for you, I would suggest a 1-star review.
If you're a working mother thru choice then the unvoiced assumptions that SAHM is the only !right! way to raise a child will make you want to throw this book on the busiest highway around and for you, I would suggest a half-star review.
If you're a working mother (particularly a single working mother) because of necessity then this book may present you with some good information regarding these nine basic needs and for you, I would suggest a 2- or 3- star review and seeing if it is at your local library.
For readers who are turned off by the "evangelizing" in the book I have a few things to say to you: NO ONE FORCED YOU TO READ THIS BOOK. Don't be turned off by the writers' use of Biblical principles. They're only suggesting that you get into the Bible and become a better person. They're showing you a way to make your life easier, based upon their own (and countless other THOUSANDS of other women's) experiences.
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