Jennifer Grant has taken her experiences of being a mom and wrapped them up in a funny and comforting book that is part memoir, part encouragement, and part absolution from any “mommy guilt” we may feel in our messy but rewarding journey of parenting.
Just what is a good parent? Is it the mommy who breastfeeds, uses cloth diapers exclusively, eats only cage-free eggs and creates homemade applesauce from the tree in the backyard that has never seen a pesticide? Or is it something else all together?
As moms we often compare ourselves to others. We agonize over our choices. Moms can get wrapped up in a myriad of details and sometimes forget where the focus really needs to be. Raising a child is not always easy!
- The little lives entrusted to us are priceless.
- We love them.
- We are doing the best we can.
- Mistakes are an opportunity to learn.
- Raising kids gets easier and harder and everything else in-between, but we are never alone in what we are going through. There is another mom out there who has been there done that.
Momumental is a book that explores the “messy art of raising a family”. Jennifer doesn’t shy away from her own mistakes and in the chapter “Mommy Misdemeanors” there are lots of dirty little mommy secrets where she and other moms freely admit to not reaching the bar of perfection. Reading Momumental is like sitting with a good friend who is sharing bits of her life and thoughts seasoned with wisdom and sprinkled with chuckles.
Jennifer shares bits like the following,
“I wish I’d known in those early years of parenting not to worry so much. I wish I hadn’t seen everything my little ones did as somehow predictive of what they would do as adults.
If she’s telling a lie now, does it mean she’ll perjure herself someday?
If he’s fidgety now, will he never be able to sit through a history lecture at college?
If he’s this obsessed about the ice cream truck, will he end up toothless and morbidly obese, the floor of his house littered with stained Popsicle sticks?”
We’ve all had the “what ifs”, especially as homeschoolers!
I could share my own list of what-ifs like:
What if she doesn’t learn 5,624 vocabulary words from this list? How will she ever pass the SAT?
What if my kids don’t master Latin? Does that mean they will be intellectually stunted FOREVER?
If he can’t make a forwards B now, how will he fill out his future job application?
If she isn’t reading 1000 page classics by the age of 7, am I really doing a good enough job?
Of course I’m being a bit facetious…but hey, you can easily apply the principles in Momumental to homeschooling.
Two of my kids are grown up now. While I think the target of this books is more towards moms with younger kids still at home, I still believe anyone can benefit from Jennifer’s message. Take time for yourself, don’t burn out, realize no one is perfect and hang on for the ride of your life.
If you’d like a dose of Jennifer Grant’s encouragement, send me an email. The first to respond gets a free copy of Momumental. This offer is open only to those living in the U.S. because of shipping costs.
Click here for a free chapter (a 50 page PDF!).
Tomorrow I’ll post a message from Jennifer herself about her book. 🙂
*Note: I received a free copy of Momumental from Worthy Publishing in exchange for my honest review.