5 months ago I entered a new world- I became a Mom. It was something that I always dreamed of doing ever since I was a little girl- I loved kids and longed to be called “Mom.” I didn’t realize what I was getting myself into- being a Mom is hard work. However, it is totally worth it to see little Liam smile big when I say something to him and for him to snuggle up against me. I wouldn’t trade those moments for anything. Along with motherhood comes entering relationships with other Moms. This is a place that I’ve struggled in for many years, I never really ‘fit in’ with the other girls in my school and had a hard time maintaining a friendship with a girl, or so I thought.
Family Christian sent me Women are Scary: The Totally Awkward Adventure of Finding Mom Friends by Melanie Dale and I immediately started to read it. I knew that I needed this breath of fresh air because I’ll be a Mom for many years to come. As Liam grows older I will need to be at sporting events and school events with other Moms. I don’t want to be that Mom that is disconnected and on her phone/iPad the entire time, but I am not quite sure how to start and maintain a relationship with Moms. This book surely did help me see the fun side of developing what Melanie refers to as “Momlationships” and encouraging me that I am not the ONLY Mom who has ever felt this way.
We are all Moms. No matter what our beliefs or way of life, we are all Moms. We are all looking out for the best interests of our children– that’s plain and simple. This book also helped me to see that I would find Moms who had the same beliefs and way of raising my child and then Moms who do things completely differently. However, that doesn’t mean that you cannot be friends. There are a ton of debates going on (they’ve probably been going on for years) about topics like vaccinations, breastfeeding, rice cereal or baby food, etc. I have noticed them much more as Liam grows older- I have my way of doing things and other Moms have their ways. That doesn’t make us any different because in the end we are ALL Moms!
I loved this book, it was fun to read and the chapters were just the right length. I would read this after work before my MBA classes and then at bedtime when Liam was laying next to me sleeping away. This book drew me in and many times I thought she was talking about ME, and directly to ME. It is an encouragement to read a book like this- especially as a first time Mom. I highly recommend it to be a book for all Moms out there- new and old as it not only talks about “momlationships” but it talks about friendships in general- what a great book.
I am excited to offer ONE This N That with Olivia reader a $10 Appreciation Certificate to Family Christian! You can use that for anything in the store, including this book (which will be released on March 24) something else! The winner must be in the US and be 18+ older. The winner will be emailed and have 24 hours to claim their prize. Simply enter using the Giveaway Tools below. Good Luck!