A Mom's Ultimate Book of Lists, written by Michelle LaRowe, has over 100 lists to save you time and money. From preparing for a baby, to tips on chores for children, the book was written to make your life easier to manage.
This book has something for every Mom. Do you know how much sleep a toddler needs? What about when to call a doctor or when to treat the fever at home? There is even a list of household poisons to look out for.
I found this book helpful in multiple areas and really feel that all Moms' should have this on their bookshelves. This is a perfect gift for a new Mom or a Mom of multiple children. Every Mom will find a list that will help them manage their life better.
I would like to thank ChristianReviewofBooks.com and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
I can't say that I agree 100% with this book (I have some strong reservations), but there is some good stuff in it. Michelle Larowe put together a book of 112 lists of things that are useful for a mom, caregiver, or mom to be of a 0-5 year old. This is a book that you will find yourself agreeing with sometimes and disagreeing with at others. The author is a certified international nanny so she has great ideas for toys and what to do with kids and ideas about teaching sharing. Her list about discipline is a starting point, but not a complete solution. I think all the moms I know would agree that discipline is never a one size fits all kind of thing. I remember thinking when I had one child that I knew what to do--and then my second came along, and then my third... and God humbled me very quickly. Her list makes it sound like discipline is a one size fits all thing and I just don't agree with that. She is approaching this book as a nanny and mother of one child.
I agreed with her book lists for children and for adults about parenting. I would add one more, though and that is Super Baby Food--this is the best book about what to feed your 0-12 month old and when. I also thought her list about considering Adoption very wise. Yet, her list about family friendly movies isn't one I agree with. My oldest child is 6 and I wouldn't be able to show her any of the movies on the list. I think we have to be really careful to be sensitive about what our children can handle. The themes addressed in the movie Fireproof (a movie she includes in her list) are really for adults--not children and I wouldn't even say for tweens or preteens.
There is one more thing that I want to mention it in case you do read this book. There is a list entitled "Selecting a Family Friendly Church". I believe that we are all called to go to church and worship the Lord-- and that it is about God, not about us. The questions are supposed to help you decide whether a church is family-friendly. But, is that why you go to church? For what it does for you and your kids? I wish that instead there had been a list of qualities to look for in a church and what to pray for in your search for a church home. Perhaps it could have been a list of open ended questions like...
1) Do you want to go to a church which practices family worship or one with separate children's church?
2) What do you feel God is calling you to do in this matter?
3) Does the congregation have grace for you and for your children?
4) Will the church love you and your family?
5) Can you love the people in the church? Will you be able to serve in the church?
The other thing I'd mention is really just a minor one. She writes this book from an upper-middle class perspective. Most of the time that isn't really important. But, it is relevant to the lists of what you need for your child's first year. It made me chuckle when she wrote "high-quality wipes" as one of the items you need.
I would recommend checking this book out from the library, but not purchasing it for your home library.
Please note that I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book for review by Revell Books.
Is it easy for you, as a parent of young children, to get scatter-brained and lose track of once well planned situations? Worry no more! On the shelves of your local Christian book store is A Moms Ultimate Book of Lists. Author Michelle LaRowe has compiled lists that cover needs and situations from the very first trimester of pregnancy to the pre-school years in this comprehensive book of lists. Lists that include things to take to the hospital for the birth of your new baby, easy steps for taming tantrums, top toys for the first years, growth charts, average clothing size comparisons, and even some fun, fast, family snack and meal recipes to try out and enjoy!For the mom with an infant that wants to sleep train your baby, Michelle has you covered. Theres a list and instructions for sleep training your infant. Trouble with a toddler that doesnt have a good bedtime routine? You guessed it! Moms Ultimate Book of Lists includes what you need to get start a bedtime routine in the toddler years as well.There are lists of recommended reads from pregnancy to the pre-school years, both for the parents and for the children. Lists and instructions for activities for the children, and for the whole family, are included in LaRowes book as well. In addition to the activities, there are tips and lists for the family traveling with infants or small children. And just when I thought there was nothing left to cover, you will also find lists of scriptures and inspirational, uplifting thoughts and words for the mother and father, for the single parent, and for the expectant parents. With this solid foundation from the Word of God as a part of her book, Michelle LaRowe has truly given us the ULTIMATE Book of Lists. Highly recommended, and a great read as well as a wonderful resource, this book has made a wonderful addition to my shelf, and is often in my hands. LaRowe's "Book of Lists" is published by Revell, and is now available at your local Christian Book Store.