Book Review: The Mom Project
You’ve Invested a Lot in Being a Good Mom…
Your kids are in school, doing their chores, and cleaning just enough to keep their rooms from being condemned by the Board of Health. But do you want to connect with your children outside your regular routine and find ways to understand, enjoy, and learn more about them?
This handy guide offers a straightforward, workable plan to do just that! Including special tips for single moms, blended families, and moms of teens, you will find inspiration to try simple ideas such as
planning a family fun night
sharing with your child what you like about them
surprising them with a special treat
writing a love note to your child
completing a fun family project
Kathi’s warm, funny, and thought-provoking expertise will give you the tools and confidence you need to connect with your kids. Small efforts can make a big difference in the life of a child … and in the life of a mom!
You’re a better parent than the world makes you believe. This assurance was made by Kathi Lipp in the introductory pages and is highlighted as you read through the book. There are many ways to connect with your child or children and Kathi encourages you to work at it for 21 days. Now, I know what you may be thinking:
“How on earth am I going to find time to connect with my child every day for 21 days in a row?”
Well, it’s actually a lot easier than you think and you may be already be doing some of the things mentioned in The Mom Project already. What may be missing is intentionality.
Kathi teaches us how to be intentional in how we approach our children. At the end of this project, not only will you have spent three weeks working on your relationship, you will also have learnt the skills to continue it for the indefinite future. Especially since there are a lot of variations in the book to give you loads of ideas for years to come.
Kathi also reminds us that it takes time to build a bond. As parents we sometimes forget that relationships take time and effort on the part of both persons. We somehow expect that because they came from us, we should automatically have a magic wand that makes our children love us and jump to do our every bidding, except, they don’t…
Kathi has a wealth of parenting experience to share: she’s been a single parent, a step-mother and a mom in a traditional family – she’s done it all! And she knows a lot of the objections that we’ll come up with and shoots them down before we can even formulate them.
Before diving into the details Kathi takes a few chapters to give us some background on what she calls the book that almost never was. When the first version was written seven years ago she was going through a really rough her son, thankfully for us, she persevered. Through her experiences, we realize that it is possible to connect with our children, not only is it possible it is also very important.
What I really liked about the book was that there was a questionnaire that helps you to determine the personality type of your child. Then, at the end of every connection, Kathi explains how to tailor the activity for your child’s unique personality. As I read through the activities, I learned a lot about my son. I understood why he responded in a particular way to various stimuli. I also learned how to approach him in the future for maximum impact.
This book is one I would recommend for parents (not just moms) as it helps us to look at our relationship with our children in a new way. It’s also a quick reference for ideas that will save us from having to scroll through Pinterest or Google (not to mention the added bonus of checking things off if you’ve tried them especially if you bought the paperback.)
My favorite connection was listening to audiobooks as a family. As the only true reader in my house (you know the kind I mean – one that would rather read than eat, at least if the book is really good), getting my family to read together normally means I have to read the whole book. This way I can get everyone into a book and save my voice – now why didn’t I think of that before?
About the Author
Kathi Lipp inspires thousands of women each year to strip down their expectations and lives and live with real purpose. With humor and wisdom, Kathi offers hope paired with practical steps to live with meaning.
Kathi Lipp is the author of 16 books including Clutter Free, The Get Yourself Organized Project, The Husband Project, Happy Habits for Every Couple, and I Need Some Help Here – Hope for When Your Kids Don’t Go According to Plan. She is the host of Clutter Free Academy the Podcast! with Kathi Lipp and speaks at conferences across the US.
She and her husband Roger are the parents of four young adults in San Jose, CA. When she’s not dating her husband or hanging out with her puggle Jake, Kathi is speaking at retreats, conferences and women’s events across the US.
Get your copy today on Amazon. I received a free copy of the book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.
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