I’ve been away from my blog for too long. I’m coming back now, with fresh ideas and content, and a new book in the works. In the time that I’ve been away, I’ve published several novels and a non-fiction book on editing. Now I’m working on “The Mommy Survival Book, How to Be a Great Parent.”
Being a mom is the toughest job you’ll ever love and you won’t even get paid. You’ll get no time off, no vacation, no break, no promotions, no company picnics and very little recognition or support. To some extent, you are expected to just naturally know what to do, because you were born with two X chromosomes. In the animal kingdom, the female of each species just knows how to raise her young. She knows what to feed them, how to nurture them and when it is time to nudge them out of the nest.
It’s not that easy for human mothers. Should we nurse our babies, or supplement with iron-fortifed baby cereal? Should we pick them up when they fuss, or will that spoil them and teach them to be more demanding? What should we do with an eighteen or nineteen year old child who is not going to college, but is still living at home?
Our public schools work very hard to teach our children to read and write, but few offer classes to train young men and women on what it takes to be a good parent. If we had a loving mother ourselves, we might have a few ideas, but many do not have a good relationship with the woman who gave birth to them. So then what?
You could just muddle through – it’s what most of us do. But why should we have to re-invent the wheel with each generation? Shouldn’t there be a book or a set of guidelines? There have been mothers for as long as there has been life on this planet! So why don’t we have a training manual?
That is exactly what this book is – a training manual for the most wonderful job in the world. A guide on how to be a mother – not just an adequate one, but a stupendous one – and how to love nearly every minute of it.
I’ve been a mother of four, a godmother, a grandmother to four, a mother-in-law to two, a den mother and a mom to a foreign exchange student.
Some of the chapters I’ve included in my new book are:
- Surviving Your Newborn
- Surviving Your Toddler
- Surviving Your Preschooler
- Surviving the Elementary Years
- Surviving Mount Never-Rest (exhaustion)
- Surviving Summer Vacation
- Surviving the Kitchen
- Surviving the Laundry
I welcome your comments, questions and concerns! Let me know what chapters you’d like to see included in this detailed guide chock full of ideas, suggestions, and strategies for not just surviving, but mastering! What issues are you struggling with right now? Or what successes have you had that you’d like to share with others?