Thursday, June 07, 2012

Book Review: MOMumental

MOMumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family
by Jennifer Grant

About this book:
Celebrating the joyous art of being a mother, MOMumental offers an inspiring, honest, and infectiously humorous look at the perils and pleasures of raising a family in the real world.

Once a devout believer in the myth of the perfect mother, author Jennifer Grant now has a more realistic yet still upbeat view of parenting and families. Instead of focusing on creating a conflict-free home, raising picture-perfect kids, and being an ideal mother, Grant offers a wiser and more down-to-earth way to love your children that makes room for mistakes and imperfections. She says, "I share stories about family life and how I've come to appreciate the mess of it. I am grateful for my own happy, idiosyncratic, and imperfect family."

MOMumental is one mother's account of the unpredictable, creative, sometimes hilarious, and always rewarding process of raising a family. It's filled with funny and poignant stories from her everyday life--a life that mothers everywhere can identify with.
I very much enjoyed this book.  We live in a culture that puts unfair pressure on moms to do everything exactly right - or we as moms put that pressure on ourselves.  We grow up with our own ideas of family and parenthood, how it's supposed to be, how we want ours to be, how our kids and our house is always going to be perfect, etc.  And then, when it doesn't happen that way, we think we're failures.

Sharing stories from her own background and family life, Jennifer Grant shows in a very real way that being a mom is never what you might expect - and that's OK.  No mom is perfect, and what matters is what we do most of the time and learning to relax and connect with, accept, cherish and enjoy our kids.

My kids are pretty much grown now, but I can always stand to be reminded that things are never going to be perfect.  Actually, I'm reminded of that often, what I need is to be reminded that imperfection isn't always a bad thing.  For moms with babies and young children, I would definitely recommend this book.  It's not a how-to kind of parenting book that will teach you how to be a great mom, but it is a book that will leave moms with the knowledge that they are not alone.  Other moms have gone through and done the same things - and their kids turned out OK.

You can read the first chapter of MOMumental now, and the book is available now on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.   Look for a guest post from author Jennifer Grant and a chance to win your own MOMumental Book in the next few days.

Note: I received a free copy of MOMumental for review from Worthy Publishing.  All opinions are 100% mine.