Everyone tries to tell you how much your life will change once you have children.
However, until you have children you can't fully comprehend how much your life will change.
be the mom: overcome attitude traps and enjoy your kids is a wonderful book to give any and all the Moms in your life.
From the moment they place your beautiful baby in your arms the race begins, or so it seems.
Everyone seems to have an opinion on how to raise your children.
How to and how not to do basically everything under the sun.
It can be overwhelming if you allow it to be.
With all that said it's easy to fall into 'traps' of what we thing a mom is.
Tracey highlights 7 Mom Traps in her book.
She gives examples of them to assist us in identifying and explains how we can best avoid or escape each trap.
The 7 Traps Include:
1. Just-a-Mom Trap: Is this it...really?
2. Me Mom Trap: It's my way or else, people!
3. Martyr Mom Trap: Another cold meal for me.
4. Busy Mom Trap: Supermom to the rescue!
5. Mirror Mom Trap: Who's the fairest?
6. Tomorrow Mom Trap: Tomorrow is another day.
7. They Say Mom Trap: You know what they say!
I know that I am at risk for falling into the 'Busy Mom Trap' someday, but knowing that NOW means that I can work hard to avoid it.
Eyster's book points out where we as Mom's can falter.
We are all humans, none of us perfect, none of us all knowing.
She reminds us that our main goal is to be THE Mom to our children that God expects us to be.
So yes, everyone will tell you how to raise your children and my best advice for that is...
...listen to them.
Take notes and file them away in the back of your brain.
Someday when you are at your wits end you might remember something someone told you that worked for them and it might just work for your situation too.
It might be a colossal mistake and you'll be floundering to figure out something else.
Either way there is no guidebook that will tell you how to raise your children.
Being that every child is different, every family is different, and yes, every Mom is different, we all have to learn what is best for our families.
With all that being said, I encourage all Moms to grab a copy of this book and read it.
Find out if there are any traps your falling into and rebuke them!
Eyster's point in writing this book was to show us where we can get tripped up and to teach us that all we really need to do is check our attitudes at the door and learn to enjoy our roles as Moms.
Laugh, Learn, and Love who you are and who your children are.
This is a season, as I've learned, and it will fly by in the blink of an eye.
So with the holidays right around the corner, I encourage everyone to grab a copy of be the mom and stick it in the stocking of a Mom you love.
I know I'll be re-reading my copy.
Possibly every year.
Just so I can be reminded that there is no perfect parent, just loving ones!
I hope you have a Blessed Saturday!
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Be the Mom: Overcome Attitude Traps and Enjoy Your Kids
by Tracey Lanter Eyster
Being a mom was something I always desired! I couldn't wait until I had children! Now I am a grandma and all my kids are now in their 20's. So why would I want to read a book about motherhood now?
Titus 2:3-5 tells us, "the older women likewise, that they be reverent I behavior, not slanders, not given to much wine, teachers of good things -that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed." We have been given a responsibility as older women to teach the younger women by God. With that responsibility hopefully, comes the wisdom we have gained through the gift of motherhood.
Tracey Eyster has done just what she has been called to and that is to teach the younger women the wisdom which she has learned; more specifically to teach moms to love their children.
I was interested in the book, "Be the Mom" because sometimes we as older women feel like our children are already raised, so we are not in need of learning anything new. But I feel, older women have many opportunities to share wisdom with younger mothers, so it is important to be prepared.
In the book, "Be the Mom" Tracey explains many "traps" moms can fall into: Just a Mom Trap, Me Mom Trap, Martyr Mom Trap, Busy Mom Trap, Mirror Mom Trap, Tomorrow Mom Trap, They Say Mom Trap. Each chapter is filled with wisdom and humor. What an easy but thought provoking read.
Looking back at my own motherhood, I see I fell into or should I say, "chose" many of these mom traps. Now that I am a grandma, I hope to model during this time in my life ways to choose godly characteristics, instead of Mom/Grandma traps; especially "Martyr Mom/Grandma Trap!"
Tracey Eyster's book is an easy read, will not take too much of your time, and will engage you with wisdom and humor right from the beginning!
I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
I truly enjoyed ready Tracey Eyster's book Be the Mom. I honestly picked it up to peruse it enough to give a review to some coworkers. However, I was drawn in by Tracey's easy manner of speaking, her wit, and her openness about her successes and failures as a mom. Before I knew it, I had read the whole thing. The thing I find interesting is that I'm not a mom, but I still found lots of sage advice for my marriage. I realized many of the mom traps apply to wives whether or not they are moms. Furthermore, I hope to be a mom someday. Tracey's book reminds me that I'm not going to be perfect, but I can be prepared knowing the traps that I will find myself in and how to recognize them. The book is lighthearted as it tackles serious matters. It's an easy read, and it's encouraging. So, if you know any moms, expecting moms, or hope-to-be moms, I recommend you get them a copy. I think they'll love it.
Overcome Attitude Traps and Enjoy Your Kids is the subtitle to this great book. Written with a sense of humor and thoughtful advice this is a must read for all Moms.
There are different views of what makes a good Mom. This book highlights the negative thoughts Mom's think of themselves and puts them into a positive light. The author has a great sense of humor and a great way of expressing her thoughts.
I enjoyed this book and gave it 5/5 stars. I thought the vibe of the book, although discussing negative thoughts Mom's have, was actually very positive. Finding fulfillment by basing our thoughts on the Biblical view of a Mom instead of the worlds' view of me first, is the main theme. The authors use of personal stories definitely helped make her ideas more affective. This is a book I would recommend as a gift to any Mom!
I would like to thank NetGalley 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.