This contest is now closed.
I admit it: Being a mom is a lot more challenging than I ever expected it to be.
Throughout my first pregnancy, I really thought that being a mom through the baby years would be butterflies and sunshine, with late nights and early mornings, and a few hiccups along the way, but nothing too major. That’s what all of the pregnancy magazines told me.
And then I became a mom and got tired, frustrated and hung up an many of the wrong things. I found myself falling into all sorts of traps.
Be the Mom, a new book by Tracey Lanter Eyster, identifies 7 “mom traps” like the the “Just a Mom” trap, the “Busy Mom” trap and “Martyr Mom” trap and shares practical advice for breaking out of them, and enjoying mom life much more, by pointing us right back to our Father and His words and guidance.
Earlier this year I had the opportunity to share a lunch with Tracey at Blissdom, a blogging conference, and we talked about real life, real struggles and real parenting. She’s the mom of two kids much older than my own and I felt like I was talking with a mom who had been there, had the battle scars as well as all the joys and wanted to share her experiences in a positive encouraging way.
After lunch I felt refreshed, encouraged and truly blessed by the experience. I had shared my own battle scars and laughs and she assured me where I needed to be assured and challenged me where I needed to be challenged.
Be the Mom is very much like that conversation. Tracey walks you through traps that entangle moms and, without being preachy, shares her own experiences in each of those traps and practical ways to get right out of them. She even offers reflection exercises at the end of each chapter to see where your trouble spots might be and where you are rocking and rolling.
I was given a copy of Be the Mom earlier this month to review and share with you and I am thankful for that, as I intend to implement several of the ideas she shared in my own family.
The book’s subtitle says “Overcome attitude traps and enjoy your kids” I can honestly say this book guides moms in doing just that. It can be easy to get caught up in worldly traps and Tracey gently reminds us to look toward the Bible for direction, sharing scripture and applying it to everyday mom life.
Be the Mom Giveaway
I was also given a copy of this book to share with you, my dear readers. If you’d like to win your very own copy and be inspired and encouraged yourself, please leave a comment below by 11 p.m.central this Saturday night of which “mom trap” (or traps) you might fall into (or which you might be curious about):
- Just a Mom
- Me Mom
- Martyr Mom
- Busy Mom
- Mirror Mom
- Tomorrow Mom
- They Say Mom
For extra entries in the giveaway, you can like MomsToolbox, Be the Mom or Pine Cove Camps on Facebook. (Once you’ve “liked” any of those, leave a comment here letting us know for each as those extra entries.)
Remember, leave your comment by this Saturday, August 11, at 11 p.m. central to enter.
Chat with Tracey TONIGHT
Want to ask your own mom questions and be encouraged? You can join Tracey on Facebook tonight beginning at 9 Central for a live chat. She is at the national MOPS convention this week and is taking time to talk with moms just like me and you to answer questions and offer real insight. Set your alarm and join in the conversation tonight, Thursday, August 9, at 9 p.m. Central.
(I’d join in myself, but I’ll be on an airplane flying home.)
Win a free week at Pine Cove summer camp
All proceeds from Be the Mom will benefit the scholarship program at Pine Cove Camps, a Christian camp where kids have a blast away from home and grow closer to Christ with a mix of zany, crazy summer camp fun and meaningful Bible study. Two of my own three children attend camp there and LOVE it. (The third is beside herself waiting until she is old enough!!)
To be eligible for that giveaway please go “like” the Pine Cove & Be the Mom Facebook pages and follow Pine Cove & Momblog on Twitter. Leave a comment on www.bethemom.com stating that you have liked the pages, and winner will be drawn from the comments.
So what do you think? Are you ready to Be the Mom in a better way?
The contest to win a copy of “Be the Mom” on MomsToolbox is now closed.
If you’d still like to win, click on over to Keepin’ it Real where my cyber-friend Gina is giving away 3 more copies and enter her contest. :)