Being the Mom: 10 Coping Strategies I Learned by Accident Because I Had Children on Purpose

by Emily Watts

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Nothing you can read could ever prepare you for the feelings, the challenges, and the excitements of having children. But the strategies presented in the delightful book can help you cope when you're up to your eyeballs in peanut butter and science projects and mismatched socks.

In Being the Mom, you'll learn some practical strategies for building a strong family that can be comfortable in a variety of situations. Beyond that, you'll figure out how to keep a healthy perspective and your sanity. Strategy 3, for example, "Be discerning: sometimes a one-mile effort is enough," gives mom's license to save their best efforts for the times when they really matter. "Be grateful for the things you have to do" is a gentle reminder that commitment is not such a bad thing. And in "Remember that the years fly by, even though some of the days are mighty long," you'll learn to treasure the wonderful blessing that come with each stage of mothering.

From this often hilarious and always helpful perspective from a real, live mom you'll find that with a lot of love, and a good sense of humor, "being the Mom" can be done lots of ways. Your way may just be better than you thought! Most of all, this with lighten mothers' hearts and make them glad they chose the life they did.

About the Author

Emily Watts

Emily Watts is the joyful mother of five children and grandmother of ten (so far). Her lifelong fascination with words led her to a career in editing. She has worked for more than thirty-five years in the publishing department at Deseret Book Company, working from home part-time for many of those years so she could be with her family. She is now executive editor at Deseret Book as well as a favorite Time Out for Women speaker and the author of several books, including The Slow-Ripening Fruits of Mothering and I Hate It When Exercise Is the Answer: A Fitness Program for the Soul. Emily and her husband, Larry, live in Taylorsville, Utah

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Every Mom should read this!
By , Submitted on 2019-02-18

I really needed this book! Reading the book changed my prescriptive on several things and made me feel peace and comfort, its nice to know I am not the only mom who has struggles every once in a while. I think moms in general are too hard on themselves. This book gives coping strategies and great ideas. This is the kind of book that I will end up reading over and over again. I recommend this book to everyone, especially young moms. There is so much we can learn from others. We can have a smoother start than they did by taking in good counsel. Moms everywhere should get a copy of this book or listen to it free with Plus! It is so worth it!

Comforting, encouraging, empowering, uplifting
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Have just finished the book and crying! Good tears, I so needed to -- in a thousand's time! -- to re-realise how blessed I am to be a mother of my beautiful, precious children!

It is so easy to get cought in the moment, especially with raising younger kids, and to loose the glorious perspective of this work. And it was such a timely book, with gentle reminders, and wise observations, and courage, and support, and humour.
It was like getting encouraging hug and a reminder of the perspective from a loving Mum.
I can do it.

A good reminder
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I came away from this book being reminded to not take being a mom for granted, to not sweat the small stuff, and to record your kids precious memories because they will be treasures in the future. This was a quick read. I got it as an ebook.

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

There are no word to full express how much I enjoyed this book! I have owned it for a few years now and have read it MANY times! Everytime I learn something new. As my children grow this bookes brings a new light to my areas of trial! Thank you so much for this book! It helps bring more humor!

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I have nothing but good to say about this book! It helped me a lot!

Pure Comfort for a Mother's Heart
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

In BEING THE MOM, Emily Watts proves to be a reassuring voice for any mom (LDS or non-LDS)who is in the heat and heart of motherhood. As she shares her engaging personal anecdotes and her clever thoughts on raising kids, she is, without doubt, down-to-earth, funny and yet full of reverence for family life. , Whenever I re-read Emily's book, I'm left with the sensation of having shared a cup of cocoa and a relaxed and energizing conversation with the mom-next-door. For me, Being the Mom serves as a calming influence worth returning to again and again as I make my way through motherhood. -- Debra Sansing Woods, author of Mothering with Spiritual Power Book of Mormon Inspirations for Raising a Righteous Family and It's Okay to Take a Nap and Other Reassuring Truths for Mothers Everywhere

A must read for Mothers!!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

It was so refreshing to read a book that let me know that I as a mother am not alone! After reading this book, you not only feel like you can do the hardest job you'll ever have, motherhood, but you will feel blessed that you have the opportunity to do so! I would recommend this book to all mothers!!!!

perfect for any mom, experienced or novice!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book is so great. It has me laughing and crying every time I read it. My mom gave it to me only weeks after having my first baby, and I engulfed it. I haven't personally experienced a lot of what's discussed in it, but I still learned from everything, and I've certainly seen my mom go through it all. I had to read something to her from every single page until she finally just took it and said she'd read it herself, and we both love it! It's full of laughs, great stories, and even a couple wonderful recipes!

I really am coping better now!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

What a great book with great basic ideas for raising a family by. I wish I had it 20 years ago when I started having children. All my future daughters-in-law will receive a copy from me before they join the family! , Melinda Jacquier

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