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12 Simple Secrets Real Moms Know: Getting Back to Basics and Raising Happy Kids Paperback – Mar 31 2006
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"A worthy addition for most parenting collections." (Library Journal, February 15, 2006)
"12 Simple Secrets Real Moms Know is a revolutionary, wonderful, and welcome answer to a mother’s prayers. Michele Borba has shown us all how to be loving moms who raise great kids, without losing our peace of mind, our lives as adults, or our true selves."
—Phyllis George, former Miss America and former first lady of Kentucky
"Michele infuses you with the wisdom and warmth of her over twenty years of teaching, shares the savvy of her indepth research of over 5000 parents and helps return you to the heart of successful parenting."
—Stacy Debroff, author, The Mom Book and founder of momscentral.com
"12 Simple Secrets Real Moms Know is a Godsend for all the anxious, stressed-out mothers who worry that they're not "doing enough" (and that's pretty much everyone!)"
—Christiane Northrup, M.D., author, Mother-Daughter Wisdom; The Wisdom of Menopause; and Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
"I am a firm believer in the importance of parental involvement and the tremendous influence mothers can have on their child's development. I appreciate the message that this book champions and the guidance it provides to mothers struggling to foster a brighter future for their children."
—Mary Bono, Member of Congress, California's 45th District
"Michele has done it again. She's given mothers a book full to the brim with wisdom, stories, and tips on how to raise happy, well adjusted children."
—Mimi Doe, author, Busy but Balanced and founder of SpiritualParenting.com
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The other thing I love about this book is that it promotes the fact that as moms we need to take care of ourselves, pursue our own interests, and not loose our identity in our families. Something I've worked hard to do myself and one of my biggest secrets for being "successful" in my calling as a mother. This book not only encourages you to eliminate the "supermom" image from your life, but tells you how to do it. Then helps you develop your own individual identity as a mother and set up your own mission statement or mothering plan from what Borba calls "A Mother's Promise," based on the true needs of our children.
There is no cookie cutter technique for parenting. Each family is unique and each child has their own individual needs, responses, attitudes, temperments, etc. This book helps you to use your mother instincts, as well as your own experiences, to create a plan that can work for your own family and each of your children as the individuals that they are.
I found this book at my church bookstore, but there is nothing necessarily religious or spiritual about it (other than respecting mothers' instincts). And yet, it doesn't offend in any way, and remarkably supports every parenting "style" from traditional to liberal, religious or cultural/ethnic based.
Dr. Michele Borba definately did a wonderful job with this book and my hat is off to her for being able to consolidate so much information she's acquired over the years from interviews, work, and research. People have been telling me for a long time that I should write a book about mothering (which I could only do about mothering my own children), but now I can and will simply recommend this incredible book.
themselves, helps mothers identify who they really are and what is truly important. A must read for those who want the recipe for being a great mother by raising happy kids!
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