Mom Connection & Giveaway!

Being a mom to a young child can be so hard.  I know, I go through it every day.  When your day in and day out consists of a rigorous schedule that you must keep in order to maintain your sanity, life can become monotonous.  Daily tasks include feeding- sometimes force feeding, changing diapers, making potty runs, changing clothes- sometimes 3 times a day, wiping noses, wiping hands, filling sippy cups, cleaning spills, buckling car seats, singing the ABC's- again and again and again, forcing nap time, giving baths, making dinner, watching Mickey Mouse Club House- again and again and again... ok, you get the picture.  Here's where some of you scoff and say, "that's not so bad".  Yeah, you're right, it's pretty great!

BUT!!! It's easy to become disconnected, isolated and depressed.  How does this happen with so much activity and responsibilities every day?  It's easy when the only person you talk to ALL day EVERY day is a 2 year old.  When all your friends are working or not yet moms and when your husband comes home from a long day at work and doesn't want to hear about the latest diaper dilema, your life becomes very lonely.

That's what Mom Connection by Tracey Bianchi is all about.  How to get our groove back... our rhythm. How to see the need to connect with other people and take it!  How to step out of our comfort zones and remember that we CAN'T walk this path alone!  By nature we are relational... women especially!

Tracey splits her book into 3 sections that each focus on a different area of our life as a mom in order to help us get that rhythm back on track.  The first section teaches us to let go of the Mom-petition and realize that we need one another for connection.  We learn that our weaknesses and our strengths don't have to divide us, but can uplift us and bring us closer together.  In the second section, she discusses all the people around us that move to our groove... our families, our extended families, our friends, our spouses and even our communities.  And in the final section, she really challenges us to reach out and help others to find their rhythms too.

I LOVED this book!  I laughed out loud, I cried unashamedly, I sometimes looked over my shoulder to see where the hidden camera was... because seriously, some of this could have been written by ME!  It just really goes to show what an amazing connector Tracey is!  She's a mom just like us... she knows what we struggle with daily... she knows what our greatest fears and failures are... and she's not afraid to call us out on it!  She uplifted me more than once and I would say, "HECK YES!" to her words of affirmation.

If you're a mom to a preschooler and you're feeling disconnected, you NEED to pick up this book and reclaim your rhythm!  And I'm here to help you get started!


MOPS International sent me this book to review and also an additional copy to give away to one of my beautiful readers!  How lucky are you?!

Here's how to enter:
Leave me a comment saying what YOU do to maintain the rhythm in your daily life.  (Please leave your email address so I may contact you in case you're the winner!)

The giveaway will close on Sunday at noon and the winner will be announced later that evening.  It'll be a Happy Mother's Day indeed!


Lissette Gil said...

I wake up at 5:30 AM 6 days a week to work out. It is so hard sometimes but it is so worth it. The house is so quiet and by the time everyone wakes up I am already done. I am so much calmer throughout the day and tend to get less stressed out. It feels so great to do something for myself. Exercise makes me a better mom!

--Lissette Gil

Stephanie Doyle said...

I try to have a morning routine with Hunter because our afternoons are not routined at all!

MaryAnn said...

I'm a mom of a 1 yr old, and on the weekends we try to have family time. We go to the park, or zoo or library, etc. My husband helps with my baby and we get to be outside.
~MaryAnn Schroeder

Cheri said...

I've added this book to my "must read" list. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Right on sister!!

I didn't know how much I needed mom friends until I joined my MOPS group {} and found some, and my mom friends have added so much JOY and COMIC RELIEF to my life as a mom.

I am reading Mom Connection now- love the book!

Liz in Colorado