Item description for Mommy Manual, The: Planting Roots That Give Your Children Wings by Barbara Curtis...
Overview Your minivan's on empty--and so are you. Now what?
The Mommy Manual gives you an encouraging dose of inspiration and practical know-how that will help you succeed as a mom. Inside, you'll discover ten essential keys to raising happy, confident kids. Author Barbara Curtis, a mother of twelve, draws on decades of parenting experience to teach you how to
- recognize your children's potential as well as their unique, God-given gifts - create an inviting, loving environment in your home with traditions and rituals - teach teamwork, drive, and self-discipline - motivate your children to grow in respect, generosity, thankfulness, and other godly traits - find joy and contentment in your everyday routine
Loaded with been-there empathy, The Mommy Manual delivers real-life stories and proven, power-packed advice. Whether you have a single tiny tot or a growing brood, you'll discover how to nourish joyfulness, graciousness, and confidence in your family-starting now!
Community Description The Mommy Manuel is an encouraging book that will give moms the tools they need to plant a firm foundation from which to raise spiritually physically, and emotionally healthy children. Barbara Curtis teaches readers six essential keys to successful parenting, including how to: help little ones develop gratitude, respect, and generosity; teach children how to "play nice" and find contentment in everyday routines and; helps kids establish self-confidence. Loaded with been-there empathy, personal stories, helpful sidebars, and practical advice, this book is ideal for moms looking for helpful ways to raise happy, confident kids.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.805 lbs.
Release Date May 31, 2005
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 0800759826 ISBN13 9780800759827
Availability 0 units.
More About Barbara Curtis
Barbara Curtis, a convert to Catholicism, is the author of nine books and has had over 1,800 articles published in numerous publications, including Guideposts, Focus on the Family, The Washington Post, and The Christian Science Monitor. Her stories have been included in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. She has won numerous writing awards, including the Christian Journalism Award from the Evangelical Publishers Association in 2005 and 2006. She and her husband have twelve children, including three adopted sons with Down syndrome, and thirteen grandchildren. The Curtis family makes their home in Loudoun County, Virginia.
Barbara Curtis currently resides in Waterford, in the state of Virginia. Barbara Curtis was born in 1948.
Reviews - What do customers think about Mommy Manual, The: Planting Roots That Give Your Children Wings?
Five stars are not enough Feb 5, 2007
This book is one of my most prized possesions. There are many reasons to love it. First, it is written by a real Mommy who has been through it all. The wisdom is priceless for Christians and non-Christians alike, for seasoned Mommies and new ones too. This book is REAL. Secondly, it is easy to read. The chapters aren't too long, the style is fun and clear, and you can't wait to pick it back up. Most importantly however, is Mrs Curtis' heartfelt desire to not overburden already burdened Mommies. You won't find guilt trips, you won't feel tired and like a failure. You will come away with the feeling of having a new breath of fresh air, and inspiration to be the best Mommy that God can create you to be. You feel treasured and honored to be among those God has allowed to be called, "Mommy".
A Must-Have for Moms! Jan 29, 2007
I love this book. It was a totally different perspective than the one I had been operating under. This book (as well as Barbara's other books and website) have inspired me to take a more proactive approach to my parenting and to enjoy a phase that is so often seen as difficult by other people. I really wish I'd had this book when my oldest was a preschooler, but it has still positively affected my parenting of him, as well as my younger two kids.
I've gotten so many ideas for enriching my kids' lives and learning in ways that aren't hard or complicated or intimidating. Barbara's writing is accessible and engaging. I've read the Mommy Manual several times and am currently reading The Mommy Survival Guide. I have found these books to be the kind of parenting support I needed!
Wow! Jul 13, 2006
This is the most important parenting book I have ever read. It goes far beyond outlining strategies for "surviving parenthood" and offers instead the insight and tools we all need to create a fulfilling lifestyle conducive to raising independent, loving and happy children (regardless of their differences). Through very specific examples drawn from raising twelve children of her own, her strong grounding in Montessori techniques and her Christian faith, Barbara has written a book that every mom will refer back to for as long as there are children in the house. She offers very realistic ideas on how to encourage our children to be independent, respectful, giving and creative. She outlines ways to help your child acknowledge and overcome "bad habits" or even situations that may not seem like they are in their control. She gives specific lists of age appropriate chores, as well as reading, movie materials and even family traditions that inspire and build strong values. This book reminds us of how truly blessed we are to have children and then provides us with the tools to make the absolute most of our parenting days. This book has changed how I see my role as a mother. This book has changed my life.
This Book Should Be Given to Every New Mother! Mar 23, 2006
I can't recommend this book enough to all new moms (and older ones too). It is truly one of the best books, if not THE best, out there to help moms ENJOY those early years of mothering.
My advice? Buy at least 5 copies. One for yourself and four more to give out at Baby Showers. :o)
Helpful for non-Christians as well Feb 1, 2006
I am a non-Christian, but picked up this book after reading Barbara's blog, Mommylife.net, because her writing style is so accessible and her tips are so practical.
This isn't a book that will make you feel like a failure or like you couldn't possibly live up to the standards in the book. She gives simple and practical tips and exercises to do either by yourself or with your child to encourage a spirit of helpfulness and joy in learning, work, and play.
I don't have kids yet, and I bought this book as a way of preparing myself for the challenges ahead and as a way of understanding my small relatives and their development. I found a lot of practical tips to help me feel prepared for living with children and structuring my home and life so that they feel welcomed and important.
One tip I liked was about practicing mindful movement, so toddlers can see us focusing on a task and can learn to emulate our concentration as they build their coordination and learn to perform new tasks. There are fun exercises for young ones to do to develop their focus.
I also liked Barbara's suggestions on making the home a hospitable place for our young ones. She describes the home from a child's perspective, and shows us ways of making them feel welcome and important by making a few simple changes to our decorating/ organizing strategies and by using stepstools or other tools to allow them to be a vital and engaged member of the family.
Barbara speaks often about God and about what a wonderful and important job motherhood is, so if the G-word puts you off then this may not be the book for you. But I felt that the philosophies of joyful respect for motherhood, and the ideas of mothering purposefully and helping your young one develop a sense of satisfaction in helping others, were really helpful and positive for Christians and non-Christians alike.