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My Other Name Is Mom
This was the book I needed thirty years ago. It might well be exactly what you need right now. Dorcas Smucker--author of Sunlight Through Dusty Windows
Being called Mom by little people is wonderful; it is also challenging, and at times, overwhelming. It is likely not as fun or easy as it seemed to be before we had children. The responsibility is unrelenting: every day we wake up and do many of the same things. The children are often more complicated and less-happy than we expected. We worry whether we're getting it right. Sometimes we even want to quit.
Children need a mom at home, but our culture has devalued the role of stay-at-home Moms. The influence of feminism has made being a 'normal' Mom look next to worthless. Pressure from "super moms"--moms who work and raise a family-- pushes the performance level for all mothers higher. Social media tends to leave a false impression of motherhood: Look; we're having a great time at the park! or We're doing crafts today! And so on. Anxiety builds as we scroll through pictures of fun lunches, amazing birthday parties, and all those smiles. We just wish we had enough energy to get the house cleaned; enough inspiration to know what to do about the fighting and crying, which apparently our children are the only ones doing.
My Other Name is Mom looks at God's design for families; explores how cultural changes affect us; and faces the realities of tears and tantrums, exhaustion and discouragement in the context of God's plan.