Remaining You While Raising Them: The Secret Art of Confident Motherhood

Zondervan. Aug. 2023. 272p. ISBN 9780310358794. pap. $18.99. CHILD REARING
High expectations are a common component of modern parenting, with mom guilt abounding in these social media-drenched times. Worthington (The Year of Living Happy) says the problem is that the concept of motherhood is broken. She says her guilt triggers include a nearly fatal mistake: accidentally giving food with cashews in it to her son with a nut allergy. The book, written from a Christian perspective, urges mothers to explore their own mental health and parent themselves first to find and provide what their children truly need. The end of each chapter incorporates discussion questions, action steps, takeaways, and a QR code linking to further assessments. The author probes myths of motherhood that lead to further guilt, such as thinking that children will be well-behaved if they have good parents. Worthington tells readers that she is the parent of an autistic son, and two other sons have chronic migraines; she describes the complications that arise as a result and ponders options. A bonus workbook is available for free online.
VERDICT Chock-full of resources and ideas and written from a Christian lens, this book should appeal to many parents, regardless of their faith or beliefs.
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