Friday, August 19, 2016
(Un)Natural Mom (Review)
This review is for the book "(un)Natural Mom" by Hettie Brittz. This book is all about why you are the perfect mom for your kids. I loved it! First of all, before you read the book, you can take a test at a website in order to find out your mothering style and "mom personality". This is pretty cool. This way you can know which sections of the book you really need to focus on and which moms you will really relate to.
The book begins with confessions by the author. I loved this. We all have those moments as a new mom that we look back on and cringe, or we just know we were listening to too many people and pulled in too many different directions. Now I can laugh about those things, but it still feels good to read someone else's woes and commiserate!
After Hettie goes over the myths of being a "natural" or "perfect" mom, she also talks about how each mom is their own person and has their own personality and temperament. Of course that plays into their parenting style. The next few chapters are great examples of that. Hettie talks about each type of mothering (boxwood, Palm Beach, rose bush, and pine tree) by using fictional stories that are SO easy to see yourself in. Or you can at least see bits of yourself in the ones you are most like. This helped the mothering styles make way more sense to me and more realistic.
Of course there are some mixtures of types - you might be a boxwood/rose bush mom. She goes over that as well. She also points out that you can probably pinpoint not only your style but your own mom's, or your mother-in-law, or even your daughter if she has children. She gives ways to relate to those moms who don't have the same personality as you. For example, a pine tree/palm beach mom needs to be ambitious rather than competitive, and she likes to figure things out as she goes. When you can remember why type of mom your closest friends and family are, you can help situations run more smoothly.
I loved this book. I think it is an awesome resource that all moms can really use. I would love to read more by Hettie Brittz in the future, too.
Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.