You’ve heard of soccer moms and tiger moms. Meet Writing Moms and their new books, in case you’re stuck for an idea for the mother(s) in your life or in case you think you’re the only mom screaming and running after her kid with a wooden spoon:
MOMumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family by Jennifer Grant (Worthy, May 8) offers stories about realistic parenting, along with such guidelines as “choose your battles.” Grant is a writer from the Chicago area, where she is the mother of four and has undoubtedly cleaned up such things as the spilled toasted oats cereal depicted on the book’s cover.
Mom Connection: Creating Vibrant Relationships in the Midst of Motherhood by Tracey Bianchi (Revell, May) is a reflective look at finding the right, individual rhythm for a mother’s life. Another Chicago area writer as well as ministry leader, Bianchi, a mother of three, includes tips, journaling questions, and resources at the end of each chapter.
Momaholic: Crazy Confessions of a Helicopter Parent by Dena Higley (Thomas Nelson, May 1) is a wryly confessional look at the days of the lives of writer Higley’s family, including an autistic son, two adopted children, and a daughter who suddenly gets pregnant. Higley was the head writer for the long-running soap opera Days of Our Lives.
Cleaning House: A Mom’s Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid her Home of Youth Entitlement by Kay Wills Wyma (WaterBrook, May 8) lards with humor the account by the author, a stay-at-home mother of five, of her year-long program to teach her kids basic life skills, from making beds to minding manners. The children learn, among other things, that clean, folded clothes don’t magically appear in their drawers.