(un)Natural Mom by Hettie Brittz
Do you feel like you’re the only mom who serves store-bought birthday treats, dreads school plays, and misses the days of going to the bathroom by herself?
unNatural Mom gives you permission to say that mothering doesn’t always come naturally to you. Parenting expert and self-proclaimed unnatural mom Hettie Brittz helps you…
- Recognize how unrealistic our culture’s standards of mothering are
- Move beyond the myths of “supermom”
- Complete the Parenting Style Assessment to determine your own parenting style
- Understand and forgive the mothers who hurt you
- Embrace your capabilities as well as your challenges
There are so many books out there on parenting that it's hard to find one that offers a unique perspective that might bring some enlightenment to the reader. Hettie Brittz does just that in (un)Natural Mom: Why You are the Perfect Mom for Your Kids.
In the beginning Ms. Brittz suggests going to their website to take a personality profiling test to find out what kind of tree you most closely represent. Along with finding what tree type you might be, you'll also receive the result of three-dimensional mothering style: Nurture Profile, Discipline Profile, and Mentor Profile. These results will guide you as continue to read the book.
Ms. Brittz reveals her own mothering "failures" and strives to encourage other mothers through her experiences and those of a few mothers who match the tree profile to encourage women to realize they are the perfect mother for their children.
Once you find out what kind of tree you are (I'm a Boxwood with Palm and Rose Bush tendencies) there's a
chapter describing what's important to you; how to live with that particular tree; and the best way to "prune" the tree.
As a mom of teenagers now, what I found most useful in this book was the definitions that matched my children. Some of what Ms. Brittz offers in the way of gardening and caring for the trees to encourage the best growth was helpful in seeing how best to help my children. And that's the goal, right? To raise healthy kids who don't need too much therapy when they're older? I'm kidding!
This book delivers a unique perspective on mothering that provides some relief to the mad race of raising perfect children while not being a perfect person. It allows moms to see themselves-the good; the bad; the ugly-and realize God created us to parent our children and their needs just the right way.
*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. You can purchase your copy of (un)Natural Mom by Hettie Brittz HERE.
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