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The Mommy Survival Guide: Making the Most of the Mommy Years [Paperback]

By Barbara Curtis (Author)
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Are you feeling... Sleep deprived? Overworked? Underappreciated? Overwhelmed? THESE SURVIVAL TIPS WILL GIVE YOU A NEW LEASE ON MOMMYHOOD! You'll discover that the things you think matter most may not matter at all. And things you haven't even thought about may turn out to be very important. These tips will change your preconceived ideas so you can begin to enjoy the job of being Mommy. Barbara Curtis, mother of twelve children, will show you how to pack your mommy survival kit with patience, calm, and organization. From Day One of motherhood, you belong to someone else. So let it change you-you're going to like who you become. Whether you're expecting your first baby or you already have several, these survival tips will help you find the balance and joy of motherhood.

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Love is a commitment.Motherhood may be the best job in the world but it is definitely not the easiest. Sleepless nights, hectic mornings, and activity packed evenings make mommyhood a 24-hours-a-day/7-days-a-week job. And even though patience and organization may be part of the job requirements, the implementation of these traits is often easier said than done. Most mommys are just looking for a way to survive.Barbara Curtis, well-known author and mother of twelve, understands first-hand the struggles and frustrations of motherhood and has spent 36 years fine tuning the key traits of this demanding job.In The Mommy Survival Guide, Curtis shares mothering techniques that have proven effective for her large family and that are guaranteed to equip mommys with the tools they need to mother successfully. Providing practical, insightful advice on a variety of topics from sleep deprivation to encouraging and embracing individuality among children, she reminds mothers that the key to being a great mom is learning to put your children first-which will lead to a greater joy and satisfaction as you spend time with them. Filled with activities, recipes, inspirational quotes, and useful encouragement, The Mommy Survival Guide gives mothers the materials they need to not only survive the mommy years but to truly enjoy them--making happy memories with their children that will last a lifetime.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
Pages   190
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5.32" Height: 0.52"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2006
Publisher   BEACON HILL PRESS #29
ISBN  0834122804  
ISBN13  9780834122802  

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More About Barbara Curtis

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Barbara Curtis, mother of 12 and grandmother of 12 (so far!), has published nine books - including Lord, Please Meet Me in the Laundry Room and The Mommy Survival Guide. She is also an award-winning columnist with over 1200 published articles in 60 publications, including Focus on the Family, World, Guideposts, The Washington Times and the Washington Post. In 2005, seeking a more immediate connection with readers, Barbara began blogging at under the banner: Montessori megamom serves up a smorgasbord of parenting, cultural, political and spiritual wisdom. Because she can. MommyLife now averages 8000 visits per day and has earned several blog awards. With five children still at home and one in college, Barbara and her husband Tripp continue their parenting adventure in northern Virginia. In 2004 they received the Congressional Angel in Adoption Award. Barbara originally became a Montessori teacher to change the world one child at a time. Now she hopes to change it by unburdening, encouraging and equipping women to find joy in the calling of motherhood

Barbara Curtis currently resides in Waterford, in the state of Virginia. Barbara Curtis was born in 1948.

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A Must Read  Mar 9, 2007
Lately, I've read a lot of mommy-type manuals, but this is by far my favorite.

I'd call this a "girlfriend's guide" to being a mommy, except that other "girlfriend guides" tend to be catty and bitchy...and Curtis' guide definitely is not. But if you've ever wanted friendly advice from a mom who's been there and done that, then The Mommy Survival Guide is for you.

I giggled, cried, and dog-eared my way through this book. (In fact, so many pages are dog-eared, I've made the book twice as thick as it was originally!) I found truly practical tips for raising happy children, and lots and lots of advice for hanging in there when the going gets tough.

I disagree that The Mommy Survival Guide is just for Christians. Yes, Curtis is a Christian and she speaks freely about Christianity. But she's also lived on the other end of the spectrum, as an addict and as a New Age seeker. This is just one more area where readers can benefit from Curtis' experience. So unless you feel true hatred toward Christians, I think you'll enjoy this book.

I highly recommend The Mommy Survival Guide; it has become my new favorite to give away at baby showers!
Encouragement for Christian Mommies in all stages of their mothering journey  Mar 1, 2007
This book is a delight to read and would make an excellent gift for mothers in all stages, from mothers of babies to mothers of slightly older kids, and it is one that mothers will want to keep and reread as their kids grow older and the mothering quandaries change, since Barbara talks about struggles and experiences with her adult children, too.

Barbara includes tips for handling toddlers and helping them reach their full potential, tips for mothers who feel lost or like they aren't living up to their own potential as mothers, and Barbara shares her philosophies and personal stories about gender roles, prodigal children, instilling moral values, and above all, she encourages mothers to place themselves and their children in God's hands.

This is very definitely a Christian book, and while I think non-Christians would enjoy a lot of the essays ands information in this book - it isn't the first book of Barbara's I'd recommend for a non-Christian. Try The Mommy Manual instead of you are not a Christian. Chapters such as "What They Really Need Is Jesus" will probably not be helpful to non-Christians.

Overall, this is a great introduction to Barbara's philosophies and her personable writing style - when I read her books I really feel as though I am sitting down for a nice cup of tea with her, and I think mothers will really enjoy her warmth and her frank style of writing.

My only complaint about this book is that because I have read her other published books, and enjoy reading her blog regularly [], I have already seen nearly all of this material in some form or another. So as a regular reader, this was like a compilation book in which I got to enjoy some of Barbara's best essays, revamped a bit. For that reason, I'd say this would be the best of all of her books to give as a gift, but for fans of her writing that have been reading for a while, I might instead wait for Mommy, Teach Me!, out later in 2007, which promises a wealth of practical information about raising little ones.
This book will help change your attitude about parenting!  Feb 26, 2007
"This book by self-proclaimed megamommy of 12 children is a breath of fresh air for those used to reading parenting books based on guilt. So many times, I read the most well-meaning "how-to" book on parenting and feels so overwhelmed, I never get around to implementing any of it.

The chapters are short, and easily read. Interspersed with the chapters dealing with the practical, humorous and philosophical sides of raising children are witty or profound quotes and suggestions to other books and resources.

This book reads like a collection of magazine editorials or blog entries. It isn't so much a system of parenting as it is an inspiration to parents, particularly moms. While the tone of the book is encouraging and inspirational, it is spared the treacly sweetness of say a Chicken Soup book by the author's reality, humor, and guidance.

The book manages to explore topics not often found in Christian parenting books: post partum depression; not controlling, but guiding your children; and letting go of the need to be perfect, or your children to be perfect. And then it hits on a few topics you don't see discussed in too many secular parenting books either: the clear and easily seen differences between boys and girls; the need for a healthy competition; and ways to point your child to Christ .

The last part of the book alone is probably worth the purchase price if you struggle with being a parent. There are several chapters on what to do after you realize your inadequacy as a parent; how not to beat yourself up; how to acquire new skills (the author used to watch other mothers at a playground, and try to emulate them); and the permission to start over, every day if you have to.

This is a nice book to read as part of a devotional; while waiting in the school pick-up lane; or anywhere else you want to read a few brisk and helpful words about your job as a mother."
Encouraging and Helpful  Feb 6, 2007
Motherhood is full of difficulties. We mommies have good days and not-so-good days. On the good days, I praise God and give myself a little pat on the back. However, it is on those not-so-good days that I need a friend to come along side to encourage me, help me find a solution, and/or offer some much-needed perspective on a situation. Barbara Curtis does just that in her latest "mommy" book, The Mommy Survival Guide: Making the Most of the Mommy Years (MSG).

Curtis writes as only a real mommy can. I connected with her from the opening page:
"Once upon a time I was a pretty normal mom. But that was before I ended up with 12 kids. When did I begin to change? Was it with Number 3? Number 4? Maybe Number 5? I don't know. For a while, with babies arriving every 15 to 20 months, it all became a blur. And yet at the same time it all became clear, as though I could finally see what was the important part of being a mommy. So many things I thought really mattered turned out not to matter at all. And so many things I hadn't thought of turned out to be the most important things of all."

MSG is divided into six sections:
* The sooner you surrender, the better.
* Kids will be kids--let them.
* A little bit of Mommy goes a long way.
* Less is more--really.
* When the going gets tough, just keep going.
* Anything can happen, but God will be there too.

One of my favorite aspects of Curtis' writing is her honesty regarding motherhood. Curtis understands its demands. She has struggled through relinquishing her rights in order to be a better mother. This makes MSG stand apart from other popular mommy books. Curtis never advocates taking a "mommy vacation." Rather, she is honest about the sacrifice and selflessness it takes to become a great mother with great kids. She shares a bit of her own journey in surrendering to motherhood. For example, she writes of how her frustrations diminished after she changed her attitudes regarding sleep. She explains, "So, yes, motherhood will change you--if you let it. And believe me, you do want to let it change you, because when you've refined the art of not thinking of yourself, you will very much like the person you become."

MSG is also incredibly practical. Curtis writes about those topics that weigh heavily on most mommies' minds: sibling rivalry, teaching self-control, television use, simplifying life, and much more. Each chapter has some nugget of wisdom or advice or a simple tip that a mommy can use. In addition to sharing her family's stories and experiences, the end of each chapter includes a list of ideas, fun stuff, things you need to know, or a helpful resource to check out. Not only is she a mother to 12, Curtis also homeschooled her children and is a trained Montessori instructor. She has years of experience from which she shares her thoughts on child training and teaching. She offers advice for saving time, having fun with the whole family, and helping kids through tough times, to name a few.

Ms. Curtis is also a born-again Christian who is not ashamed of the gospel. About midway through the book, Curtis shares her testimony and how she came to know Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior. She shares how she gently guides her children to know Jesus. Scripture is sprinkled throughout the book. It is the last portion of the book, however, that Curtis shares how a Christian mommy can use the gospel every day. Curtis does not gloss over sin, but she offers hope to the mother who sins against her children. She encourages moms to apologize, ask God for forgiveness, and receive a fresh start. She writes, "Parenthood is really a matter between you and God anyway, because it's part of our stewardship. Our children are not our children but God's children given to us for a brief span to prepare them for the rest of their lives." On those days that we feel like failures or "bad" mommies, it is good to be reminded of the truths we already know and encouraged to go to Jesus.

I enjoyed reading this book. The chapters are relatively short--good for mommies who do not have tons of time for reading. MSG is interesting, encouraging, and helpful. I am happy to recommend this book to my mommy friends.
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What an encouraging book!  Feb 6, 2007
I was hooked before I finished reading the first chapter. I am a mom of four children and have often struggled with the adjustment it has been to go from three to four kids. I have also often looked at moms of many (5 and up) and wondered when it all came together for them. I figured that they had to have had a time in their lives where they struggled and wondered how to make things work smoothly in their homes.

In the first chapter of this book, Barbara so sweetly shares that she did not always have it together. She encouraged me by letting me know that she was not always very patient or organized. She shares that God has used her children to grow her and refine her and to bring her to where she is today. I felt so affirmed and encouraged by her words.

I honestly have not yet finished this book, but I know that it is one that I will return to over and over as I take this journey of mothering. I highly recommend it to any mother, new or not so new.

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