Sighing. I find myself doing it a lot some days. It’s because I’m not a huge fan of interruptions and it’s because I’m selfish and neither of those issues mesh well with life as a work-at-home mom of three young daughters.
So, I sigh. “Mom, can you?” Big, shoulder-heaving sigh. “Mom, I need help . .. ” Deeply dramatic sigh. “Mom, I’m thirsty. I’m hungry. I’m tired. Can I cuddle? Can we play Candy Land?” More sighing.
Sometimes (maybe more often than that), I need the reminders in Be the Mom: Overcome Attitude Traps and Enjoy Your Kids (Focus on the Family) by Tracey Lanter Eyster —that this time with my young kids is precious and short-term, gone before I know it. She hits on attitude “traps” that probably many of us fall into—feeling like a martyr, trying to do this whole mom-thing like everyone else tells us to, being too busy to stop and build into relationships with our kids, and even feeling like we’re of little value. Yes, we begin to feel like we’re “just a mom.”
With lots of grace, humor and vulnerability about her own tough mom moments, Eyster gives us an attitude check. She’s laced practical tips with Scriptural encouragement and storytelling, making this book feel like a big sister or an older friend sharing some wisdom she’s learned along the way.
Chances are good that if you are a mom, you’ll find yourself somewhere on these pages. I did at times. And when I did, I was reminded to make some changes so my kids feel like they are important to me, worthy of my attention and not the recipients of sighing anytime they need my help or affection.
She writes at the end of Be the Mom, “There are no perfect moms, and there are no tips or suggestions that will make you the world’s best mom. But there are practical tips and training that can embolden you to stay the course.” Books like hers give us the pick-me-up, gentle reminders and advice we need maybe not to be a perfect mom or the world’s bet mom, but to be a better mom.
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Note from Christine Smith founder of the Womens Bible Cafe: we’re honored to be mentioned in this book as a resource for online Bible studies! Thank you to Tracey Lanter Eyster and Focus on the Family for your recommendation!