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12 Simple Secrets Real Moms Know: Getting Back to Basics and Raising Happy Kids [Paperback]

Michele Borba
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Book Description

March 31 2006
Best-selling parenting guru Michele Borba, the mother of three, has surveyed 5,000 mothers for their experience and wisdom in raising happier, more confident kids by returning to a more natural, authentic kind of mothering. She shares 12 top secrets of successful moms culled from her research and shows how to apply them to your family.

You’ll learn how to…

  • Apply the 12 essential principles that child experts and 5,000 parents say matter most in good mothering
  • Raise children with confidence, resilience, and character
  • Create a customized mothering plan and use it so it leads to success with your child
  • Cut the guilt and reduce the stress by sticking to what really counts in parenting good kids today
  • Discover simple ways to make big differences in your family’s life

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"A worthy addition for most parenting collections." (Library Journal, February 15, 2006)

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"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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5.0 out of 5 stars How to be a great mom - in one book! April 3 2006
Format:Paperback
12 Simple Secrets Real Moms Know is the "how-to" book for any mom or mom-to-be wondering how to raise happy, caring, well-adjusted children. The best thing about it? It requires no special tools other than the ones you already possess! This book contains all the guidance and wisdom you need for great mothering skills that will ensure your kids are happy kids.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book for all mothers May 1 2009
By sjmom78
Format:Paperback
I would recommend this book to any mother out there! It can remind even the most "with-it" mothers that they need to slow down and pay more attention to their children. Regardless, any mother will get somethig positive from this book no matter what age their child is!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! Aug. 9 2006
By Deborah T. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Finally, a real book for real moms offering real practical guidance for raising real children! I should know. I'm a mom of nine (yes, 9) children, aged 5 to 17. I've bought, read, skimmed, and peeked in almost every mothering/parenting book there is out there, and never found one that really offered sound direction or reassurance until now. It's put everything I've learned about being a mom (so far) into a wonderful, clear, and uplifting format (easy to pick up where you left off and read when you can catch a moment), and teaches me so much more. It should be a mandatory "manual" for all mothers!

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to basics April 3 2006
By Mary Mooney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It's high time we went back to basics in parenting. When my kids were young and I was transporting them from point A to point B, we turned the radio off and had some of our best conversations in that car. These days almost every mom I see dropping her child off at school has a cell phone to her ear as the little one exits the car. The look on their little faces is pitiful. They are used to being casually dismissed. So is the look on the mom's as she drives away, distracted and once again harboring guilt. So sad. Yes, mom's today are busier than ever. . .but do they have to be? No! Michele Borba's new book shows new, over-worked mom's how to achieve balance. Childrearing is supposed to be a joy. . .okay, it's frought with some rough days, but how many are of our own making because we've over-booked and over-stressed our kids and ourselves. What happened to simply being? Talking? Listening? Young adults tell us to "chill". So does Michele, in a completely practical, digestible way! BUY THIS BOOK and give it to young mom's in your life. I HAVE!
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to be a great mom - in one book! April 4 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
12 Simple Secrets Real Moms Know is the "how-to" book for any mom or mom-to-be wondering how to raise happy, caring, well-adjusted children. The best thing about it? It requires no special tools other than the ones you already possess! This book contains all the guidance and wisdom you need for great mothering skills that will ensure your kids are happy kids.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings joy, sanity, and success ! April 5 2006
By Ellen Lehman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A most powerful and user friendly book that makes moms think, "Stop the motherhood frenzy and get a real life!" Understand how to connect with your children in a more simplified way that will balance your life and bring more joy, sanity, and success into both being a mom and creating a stronger family. Dr. Borba's back to basics approach, using extraordinary examples of moms whose journeys through motherhood took them to places they never knew existed within

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!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 simple secrets review Sept. 30 2007
By kcsgirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
REALLY loved this book. Sometimes as a mom you lose sight of the important things, running around with sports, trying to be "mom of the year." Really nice way of making me grounded again, without condescending tones.
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