A Book Review: ‘Be the Best Mom You Can Be: A Guide to Raising Whole Children in a Broken Generation’
“If you are like most moms (including me!) you probably feel stress and insecurity facing the challenges of being a mom in the twenty-first century.”~from the book “Be the Best Mom You Can Be: A Practical Guide to Raising Whole Children in a Broken Generation”
There are many, many parenting books available today. So many, that it can sometimes be rather overwhelming for parents. In fact, this parenting game is a bit like wading through a bog of advice. But for the most part I do enjoy reading parenting books. I like reading about the experiences of others, and I like applying snippets of advice from the parenting book gems that I read. And ‘Be the Best Mom You Can Be’ is a gem of a book. It’s not preachy or condescending like some parenting books can be. And it doesn’t offer a one size fits all approach. But what you will find in this book is a ton of wisdom.
Marina Slayton is a former educator with a master’s degree, and Gregory Slayton is a venture capitalist and visiting professor at several Ivy League universities. He is the author of ‘Be a Better Dad Today.’ They have been married for more than twenty-four years and raised four children. They live in Hanover, New Hampshire.
The Slaytons impart wisdom about how to effectively parent in this challenging generation. While not rocket science, their basic premise is that love is the foundation on which successful parenting of whole children is built. It is ensuring that our children feel loved which is the most important factor. ‘Be the Best Mom You Can Be’ offers six time-test principles (the Six Secrets) for being a truly great mom and is warm, engaging, funny and honest. Slayton offers insights to both educate and equip moms to be the best mothers they can be. Women who need encouragement or who need to grow in confidence in their role as a mothers will find the straight-forward and practical advice beneficial.
I especially liked the premise that ‘Moms don’t have to be perfect, that was never the goal.’ I appreciated Marina Slayton’s honesty about the real life experiences her children and her children’s friends have faced in our ever changing world. Being a mother of littlies, you don’t always anticipate what might be coming up around the corner, and I appreciated that this book discussed how to deal with issues that might come up in the middle childhood and teenage years. This book has real life lessons to help mothers raise their children with real life challenges and issues. I highly recommend this book to all mothers.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book as a Booklook Blogger. The opinions are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.