Mothering from Scratch: Finding the Best Parenting Style for You and Your Family  -     By: Melinda Means, Kathleen Helgemo
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Mothering from Scratch: Finding the Best Parenting Style for You and Your Family

Bethany House / 2015 / Paperback

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There's no "one size fits all" recipe for being a good mom. Means and Helgemo will help you find a parenting style that works for you! Abandoning cookie-cutter advice, they offer biblical wisdom to help you tap into your individual strengths and weaknesses; push past the fear of doing it wrong; and chart a grace-filled course for your family.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764212648
ISBN-13: 9780764212642

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Publisher's Description

Discover Your Personal Parenting Style

Most parenting books present a cookie-cutter approach--which may or may not apply to all personalities and family dynamics. Mothering From Scratch shows mothers how to develop their own style that helps them be the best mom for their kids and restores the joy of mothering.

Full of solid biblical truth, this book encourages moms to

• explore their personalities and examine their strengths and weaknesses in order to find what works for them
• tap into the resources surrounding them and get mentoring and support from other moms
• push past the fear of change or doing it wrong and allow room for grace in their mothering

Melinda Means and Kathleen Helgemo provide a flexible, customizable approach to help moms discover their optimal parenting style.

Author Bio

Melinda Means is a writer, speaker, and mom blogger at Mothering From Scratch (, as well as women's ministry director at First Alliance Church in Port Charlotte, Florida. Her work has appeared in Focus on Your Child newsletters,, In Touch magazine, and Lifeway's Journey magazine. She is mother to two teenage children, a daughter and a son. She and her family live in Punta Gorda, Florida.

Kathy Helgemo started out as an English teacher after graduating from Florida State University, moved through various other jobs, and landed in her current one as a freelance writer from home. She blogs with Melinda at Her blog posts have been featured on, the Women of Faith website, and Parent Society's Mommy Blog Hot List. She and her husband, Ben, have four children and live in Port Charlotte, Florida.

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  1. Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Mothering from Scratch - and straight from the heart
    March 27, 2015
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This book is filled with helpful and comforting advice, personal stories, and thought provoking ideas for mothers. Scattered throughout each chapter are Lovin Spoonfuls of inspiration and plain spoken wisdom. At the end of each chapter, there are two sections called Stirring Your Thoughts and Lets Get Cookin which feature ideas and ways to implement them. This book is written by real moms whose mission is to help the reader drop bad habits and guilt and to develop comfortable, productive parenting methods.

    When is the best time to read a book on mothering? Reading the book before having children means not having ones own experience to compare and empathize, but it is still a great idea to avoid future guilt tripping and prepare for what is coming. Since most mothers of young children have little time for reading, waiting until after having children could be too late. The best recommendation, then, is to read this book before having children, making notes, and then keep it handy for reference.

    Possibly the best take away from this book is freeing women from the burden of shoulds and shouldnts. Each mother has different strengths, talents and interests and that needs to be reflected in her parenting. Each child also has unique qualities, so mothering is not a One-size-fits-all process.

    This book will likely help each mother in a different way, but all will benefit and so will their families. Children grow up quickly and there are no Do-overs, so grab a copy a get cooking now, seasoning your childrens lives with loving guidance.

    I was given a free copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers in return for an honest review. I highly recommend this book to young mothers and mothers-to-be. It would make a wonderful baby shower gift, too.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Great Resource for moms!
    March 5, 2015
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Probably every mother has at times wished that her child came with an instruction manual. Wouldn't it be nice if there was an outline to follow, complete with a guarantee that the child would grow up to be perfect? There are no perfect children or perfect moms, but there are good moms. Despite what someone else may tell you, their way is not necessarily the best way for you and your child.

    In Mothering From Scratch, Melinda Means and Kathy Helgemo show how to develop your own mothering style that will allow you to be the best mom for your kids. The book aims to help mothers examine their strengths and weaknesses in order to find what works best, find mentoring and support from other moms, and push past the fear of doing it wrong to allow grace for both mother and child.

    For me, reading Mothering From Scratch was like receiving permission to breathe a little easier. I've had people in my life who tell me all about how they raised their children, with the unspoken (but sometimes spoken) message that their way is better than mine and I need to do it their way. I know I'm not alone in receiving this kind of help. So to hear that it's okay to be different is a wonderful reassurance. In a sense, I'd known this deep down and had continued to do what I believed was best for my child and I, but to be reaffirmed by someone further down the parenting road gives me more confidence. I especially liked the emphasis on playing to your strengths while working on your weaknesses.

    Mothering From Scratch is a great tool for struggling moms and I recommend it to all moms. I fully expect to read it again in another year as I expect it's the kind of book that can speak differently to me at different points in the mothering journey.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  3. TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful cover, book a bit dry
    January 15, 2015
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 1
    Every single mother is different. Each family is different. Yet so often, as mothers, we find ourselves looking at other moms and judging ourselves. The authors have written a book that helps each mother pinpoint her mothering strengths and use them to create a parenting style that works for her.

    Using scripture and personal experiences, each author brings her own style and thoughts to give a well rounded look at mothering.


    I enjoyed all of the different topics and thoughts that were brought out. The personal stories and experiences were amusing and helped me not feel so alone in some of my mothering snafus. The book covered quite a few different topics and talked about making things work for each mother to fit her style.


    The writing was at times heavy and detailed. I almost got lost in the tiny print and multiple details of each chapter. Based on the description, I expected the book to bring out different parenting styles and guide me through picking out what worked for me. Instead it was a vague feeling of the concept of choosing what works for each individual. It just didn't resonate with me enough to want more or to recommend it to my mom friends.

    I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
  4. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Encouragement
    January 14, 2015
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Perhaps we have the knowledge and skills but are overwhelmed by the magnitude of mothering." -pg. 28.

    I love the "being in the kitchen" setting of this book. We like the homemade meals. Sometimes there are a few ingredients, and other times its many. Mothering has LOTS of ingredients.

    Melinda and Kathy takes all the overwhelm and helped me, as a mom, see each ingredient for what it is.

    They encourage us to parent from our strengths and hand the rough areas over to God.

    With the "Lovin' Spoonful" sections throughout the chapters, they speak directly to mom. It's as if they're sitting right across the counter, face to face asking you the hard questions and praying with you.

    I recommend Mothering From Scratch to new and seasoned moms. We all need more grace, insight and refreshment.
  5. Age: 25-34
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Encouraging parenting book
    January 11, 2015
    Age: 25-34
    Mothering from Scratch by Melinda Means and Kathy Helgemo is a must-read parenting book for 2015. My favorite thing about the book is that it's amazingly honest. Kathy and Melinda don't approach the parenting topic as those who know all the answers. Instead, they approach it as those who long to love their children and help other parents do the same. Another thing I love about the book is that it encourages moms to use the giftedness God gave them instead of trying to be just like another mom (who might be totally different than she). If you're looking for some encouragement in your parenting this year, Mothering from Scratch is a great book to pick up.

    *I received a copy for free for review, but all opinions are my own.
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