The author, Tracey Bianchi, does an awesome job of helping moms understand that even though parenting young kids is an all-consuming and often overwhelming task, we can purpose to live our lives more intentionally and make deeper connections with the people around us, our spouses, our kids, our extended family, friends, and even the whole wide world outside our doorstep. Tracey delivers her message with real life stories and in a way that's easy to understand. At the end of each chapter, Tracey offers practical ideas to help apply the concepts she discusses.
Mom Connection likens our lives to spinning a hula hoop. The metaphor is a really good one. Tracey goes on to illustrate all kinds of ways that keeping rhythm in our lives creates lives that are not chaotic and crazy. She offers practical wisdom on how to keep rhythm in all kinds of relationships. . .marriages, extended family, other women, neighbors, and God.
This book lays out some great points on how to make those connections as well as keep those connections. It is truthful, straightforward, and made me realize some things I can do to make more connections, since as the book says, "....I'm not exactly a raging extrovert!"
This book made me feel validated and normal. The scenarios she paints about life as a mom were easy to relate to. There's something about someone being so honest about life that makes you feel normal and okay with your own feelings and short-comings.
Mom Connection would be a great book for a deeper study. At the end of each chapter there are Five Mom Tested Tips as well as a couple questions for deeper thinking. My favorite thing at the end of each chapter are the references for the books and websites that Tracy made mention to in that chapter. This is particularly helpful if I want to do more reading on a chapter - like relationships with other women - I can easily access that information to do more reading.
Tracey Bianchi has captured the sweet yet challenging task of being a mother and doing all that is required to raise successful little people. Amazing ideas and practical applications abound in each chapter of the book. I highly recommend taking the time to read this book between diaper changes, snacks and bedtime, it will challenge the reader to broaden her horizon while still holding family sacred.