My Synopsis & Thoughts:
Momology: A Mom's Guide to Shaping Great Kids by Shelly Radic
(For review from Revell)
Author, Shelly Radic has written a book that all women who want to be good mom's will want to read. She believes that mothering is "part art, part science, and always a work in progress!" With over 30 years of research through MOPS international (Mothers of Preschoolers), Radic has put together a manual to help you become the mom, God created you to be.
The book is divided into four parts. Part One: Core, is about discovering things about yourself that will make you a better mother. We hear a lot about the resilience of kids, but what about the resilience of mothers? Discover how your temperament affects your mothering, how your life experiences positive and negative affect your children, and how to access, assign and address negative emotions in your life. Part: Two Finesse, is all about refining the art of parenting and making your strengths work for you. Learn how parenting is more about the big picture than it is about following the rules of the experts. It's about looking for ways to make things easier, "mom-processing" or using a lot of different resources to find the answer to a problem.
Part Three: Circle, is about the people who make up the sphere of influence around your kids. You have acquaintances, extended family and friends and immediate family. Learn about attitudes and behaviors you may want to shield your children from, even if they are present in your own family. Part Four: Grandscape, is about how your spiritual beliefs affect your parenting and about how being a parent makes you more aware of God in your life.
This book was wonderful! It is full of information, like websites to peruse, Mom Stats, which tell you how you stack up next to other moms on a subject, Voices, which puts it in a moms own words and Field Study's which show situations that apply to the topic. I felt like I learned a lot about how everything that has happened to me to make me who I am and how that affects how I parent. I found the websites mentioned very helpful in areas like temperament assessment and being a life long learner! It also helped me to become more aware of attitudes that I don't want my children to be exposed to on a regular basis and how to deal with that. This was a very good parenting book.
Momology is available now from your favorite bookseller! Check out my interview with Shelly Radic, author of Momology later today!
As a mother I give this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!
Here is some more information about Shelly Radic and MOPS international.
Shelly Radic is the Chief of Staff at MOPS International. Previously she worked as a Program Development Manager, Regional Coordinator and Director of Ministry Life for MOPS International. As an author, speaker and teacher, Shelly’s passion is inspiring women to respond to God’s call for their lives and encouraging and developing women as leaders in their homes, churches and communities. Shelly graduated from Point Loma College in San Diego, CA with a degree in Home Economics/Family Studies and a minor in English, as well as completing a secondary level teaching credential.
She lives in Aurora, CO with her husband, Bruce and their four children.
MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers. MOPS International exists to meet the needs of every mom - urban, suburban and rural moms, stay-at-home and working moms, teen, single and married moms - moms with different lifestyles who all share a similar desire to be the very best moms they can be! MOPS recognizes that the years from infancy through kindergarten are foundational in a mother-child relationship and are filled with unique needs.
MOPS helps moms through relationships established in the context of local groups that provide a caring atmosphere for today's mother of young children. MOPS also encourages and supports moms through resources such as books, this website and the MOPS International Membership.
I don't think there can be enough books written about raising your kids right.
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