In “MOMumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family”, Jennifer Grant shares how she’s traveled the road from the girlhood dream of being the perfect mother to the reality that parenting is an often messy adventure. By sharing her life experiences both as a child and as an adult, we get a glimpse into how our childhood expectations and the reality of parenting aren’t necessarily the same thing.
It was clear from the beginning, that Jennifer Grant is a mom who has figured out the reality of motherhood. None of us are ideal mothers, we’re real mothers. We can’t create perfect families but we can full out love the family we have with all its imperfections.
By sharing humorous and often poignant stories from her life, Jennifer reminds us of our need as moms to be real, connected and intentional as parents. She shares the reality that sometimes parenting can be lonely and that we need friends who are there to encourage us on those hard days. She reminds us to let our kids be kids and to relax and enjoy them.
“…I am convinced that being connected to our children, accepting and loving them as the unique and worthwhile people they are, covers a multitude of parenting sins. Being connected with them sets our kids up–as much as possible–for a life of healthy connection with others and with the God who created them and who is even more smitten with them than we are.”
I think that thought summarizes the idea Jennifer shares in this book above all else. Our children are treasures. We don’t have to be perfect parents. We just have to be intentional and love them well.
Jennifer even includes a few extras at the back of the book which include her list of Five Multiple-Duty Products Busy Moms Shouldn’t Be Without, the Signs of Mommy Burnout with tips to regain balance, and a prayer that you can tear out from the Book of Common Prayer.
MOMumental is a fun and encouraging read for all moms no matter where you are on this journey of motherhood.
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