Momaholic: Crazy Confessions of a Helicopter Parent   -     By: Dena Higley
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Momaholic: Crazy Confessions of a Helicopter Parent

Thomas Nelson / 2012 / Paperback

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Momaholic is one woman's private, dramatic, and often comical invitation to peek inside a time in her life where everything fell apart and she had to take an honest look at what she was doing right and what she'd been doing terribly wrong. With this simple discovery, her whacky family's season of becoming unraveled found a new glue that would re-bond her family and unite them in a deeper and more functional way than ever before.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 234
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0849947367
ISBN-13: 9780849947360
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Every mom has felt the need to be perfect.

MOMAHOLIC is one woman’s private, dramatic, and often comical invitation to peek inside a time in her life where everything fell apart and she had to take an honest look at what she was doing right and what she’d been doing terribly wrong. With this simple discovery, her whacky family’s season of becoming unraveled found a new glue (other than her blood, sweat and tears) that would re-bond her family and unite them in a deeper and more functional way than ever before.  

 The real life characters:

  • A MOM who is literally the head writer of a network soap opera… at work and at home
  • A HUSBAND who expects perfection from his kids and his wife, but who has the wisdom to know he’s being unrealistic and yet, can’t help but scratch his head in frustration as his family’s troubles seem to spiral out of his control
  • An autistic SON
  • A popular DAUGHTER who is suddenly pregnant
  • An ADOPTED DAUGHTER pulled from the jungles of Vietnam with no leg below the right knee and fingers fused together
  • An ADOPTED SON from Ethiopia, rescued from the streets at the age of 9.

 This is a story showing the speed with which a “normal” family can fall apart.  No one dies.  No one gets kidnapped.  They just have to deal with each of their own issues….and then one unwanted and unplanned pregnancy.   This was a church-going family whose kids were taught abstinence until marriage. With the family running around as the tornado sirens roared warnings to take cover, mother, Miss Drama, becomes the biggest mess of all and ends up finding a whole new freedom for her soul.

Author Bio

Dena Higley, an Emmy award-winning writer, has been the head writer for both One Life to Live and Days of Our Lives as well as a playwright in Glendale, CA. She is a graduate of the USC School of Theatre, where she studied acting under the late John Houseman. She currently resides in La Canada-Flintridge, CA with her husband of 24 years, Mark. They have four children and one grandchild. Dena is an active member of Christian Assembly Church. 

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Author: Dena Higley
Located in: La Canada CA
Submitted: February 14, 2012

    Tell us a little about yourself.  My name is Dena Higley and I am an Emmy award winning writer who worked in televsion for almost 30 years. I was the headwriter for two Daytime Dramas and now I have written the story of my own true life drama.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I was maxed out emotionally, spiritually and physically trying to be the perfect working mother to four children. When my 19 year old daughter came home from college and told me she was pregnant, it was the last straw. I completely unraveled as did my world. This book is about the journey of God putting me back together and healing my family.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  Maybe I'm not alone. Maybe other women are trying to be the perfect mom, only life isn't perfect and neither are our kids. How do we not only survive but thrive? Maybe my story can help other moms who are struggling with the same issues of trying to be all things to all people and ending up being of no use at all.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  Forcing myself tell the honest story of my breakdown made me realize what little faith I actually had in God and how little effort I'd put into my relationship with Jesus.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  My main source of inspiration comes from the leadership team at my home church of Christian Assembly in Eagle Rock California. Every week, Mark Pickerill, Tom Hughes, Tommy Walker and Jacob Park lead me into the presence of God.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  My story is not as fraught as it could be. Some of it is actually funny.

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