For me motherhood was like being given a gift that I never even knew existed. I mean there is no way I could have ever known how it would feel to be a mother until each child was placed into my arms. That’s why becoming a mom has changed so much about who I am.
I have learned through parenting that there isn’t always a right or wrong way to handle a situation. I have also become aware that it doesn’t hurt to be open to different solutions to different scenarios as well.
I recently read a children’s book to my kiddos called “Because Your Mommy Loves You“. As I read it I had to laugh to myself at how differently I do things with my kids most of the time. However, the more I read, the more I realized that perhaps while my way of parenting isn’t wrong, it may not hurt me to be a little bit more like the mommy in the book.
Because Your Mommy Loves You is all about helping your child to understand that doing things for themselves builds confidence within them. It helped me to see that independence even as a young child is important.
The book is about a mom and child who go on a camping trip together. During their trip things happen to where the mother could step in and fix everything. Instead, she provides her child with the knowledge he needs to succeed at the tasks on his own.
The way the book was written showed me that not doing everything for your child doesn’t mean you aren’t a good mother. As a matter of fact, it showed me just the opposite. Hopefully the next time I have the chance to lead by example, I’ll take it, rather than just stepping in and doing it myself.
BECAUSE YOUR MOMMY LOVES YOU
By Andrew Clements and Illustrated by R.W. Alley
Ages 4 and up
About the author:
Andrew Clements is the author of many best-selling books, among them the middle grade novel Frindle. He lives in Westborough, Massachusetts, and can be found at www.andrewclements.com.
About the illustrator:
R. W. Alley is the illustrator of many beloved picture books, including the Paddington Bear series. He lives in Barrington, Rhode Island. Visit him at www.rwalley.com.
*I received a copy of this book for my review. I received no other form of compensation.