Be the Mom: Overcome Attitude Traps and Enjoy Your Kids

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The role of mom is often described as the most important job in the world. Rightly so, for so much is at stake during children’s early years and moms are central in shaping character and personhood. However, when the going gets tough (the endless diapers, the continual messes, the endless conflict resolution, the complete lack of personal time, etc.), moms are often tempted to quit their “mom‐job”. While few would endorse an outright abandonment of motherhood, others may recommend that a woman treat her role as ...
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Overview

The role of mom is often described as the most important job in the world. Rightly so, for so much is at stake during children’s early years and moms are central in shaping character and personhood. However, when the going gets tough (the endless diapers, the continual messes, the endless conflict resolution, the complete lack of personal time, etc.), moms are often tempted to quit their “mom‐job”. While few would endorse an outright abandonment of motherhood, others may recommend that a woman treat her role as secondary to personal desires in order to combat feelings of discouragement and/or unfulfillment. The enemy has laid intentional traps cleverly designed to discourage and redirect a woman towards self rather than family. Moms need to know how to recognize these traps . . . and avoid them. Be the Mom: Overcome Attitude Traps and Enjoy Your Kids explores and validates the life of a mom who makes her family a priority and introduces the reader to seven Mom Traps that may be preventing them from a full, joy‐filled life. Tyndale House Publishers
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Tim Kimmel
Want to scare a man to death? Just have him read a book about motherhood that has the words “pregnant,” “gynecologist,” “ovulate,” and “peeing” in the first two paragraphs! Fortunately I was brave and kept reading. Know why? Two words: “Tracey” and “Eyster”! I’ve always liked the way she filters life. Her candid wisdom in Be the Mom will keep you nodding approval from cover to cover, and your stock value as a mom will spike from her timely and timeless encouragement.
Tim Kimmel, Author of Grace Based Parenting
Shaunti Feldhahn
Tracey is that combination big sister, best friend, mentor, and favorite aunt that every mom needs. In the pages of this book, you’ll find profound wisdom, packaged lightheartedly, that will encourage, inspire, and equip you at the deepest level.
Shaunti Feldhahn, Bestselling author of For Women Only and For Parents Only
Tim Kimmel
Want to scare a man to death? Just have him read a book about motherhood that has the words “pregnant,” “gynecologist,” “ovulate,” and “peeing” in the first two paragraphs! Fortunately I was brave and kept reading. Know why? Two words: “Tracey” and “Eyster”! I’ve always liked the way she filters life. Her candid wisdom in Be the Mom will keep you nodding approval from cover to cover, and your stock value as a mom will spike from her timely and timeless encouragement.
Shaunti Feldhahn
Tracey is that combination big sister, best friend, mentor, and favorite aunt that every mom needs. In the pages of this book, you’ll find profound wisdom, packaged lightheartedly, that will encourage, inspire, and equip you at the deepest level.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589976849
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/20/2012
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xi

Chapter 1 My Momlife Journey 1

Chapter 2 Just-a-Mom Trap: Is this it…really? 7

Chapter 3 Me Mom Trap: It's my way or else, people! 25

Chapter 4 Martyr Mom Trap: Another cold meal for me 43

Chapter 5 Busy Mom Trap: Supermom to the rescue! 61

Chapter 6 Mirror Mom Trap: Who's the fairest? 81

Chapter 7 Tomorrow Mom Trap: Tomorrow is another day 103

Chapter 8 They Say Mom Trap: You know what they say! 127

Chapter 9 Be the Mom 147

Notes 157

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  • Posted August 15, 2012

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    How to Stop Yelling and Be the Mom

    Be the Mom
    By Tracey Lanter Eyster
    Published by Tyndale House ISBN 9781589976849
    This book was supplied to me by the publisher through NetGalley in return for the promise of a fair and honest review if I chose to review the book.

    Be the Mom – a book review

    Lisa Williams, former national K-Love Morning Show Host, wrote, “Tracy Eyster has written the book that most of us moms need to read. It’s honest and straightforward, and it comes from a worldview that I understand and embrace.” It is probable that most mothers would embrace this worldview, if they read and understood it. It is predicated on the assumption that men are willing to be fathers, and it “reveals the traps that seek to ensnare moms along the way” (introduction). It is intended for both individual use and group study. Eyster says, “I’ve recognized that some people filter their lives through the ‘Here’s what I think’ grid. Others filter their lives through the ‘Here’s what God thinks’ grid. I was in the former group but am now in the latter.”

    From this you may safely assume that the author is to some extent a Christian fundamentalist. But she is not so in a political sense; rather,she is one who has “long been a quiet observer,” and who, both before and after becoming a mother herself, asked many mothers many questions. “I figured out real fast that raising a child is serious business, as well as hard work.” After the Eyesters began to have children, they moved four times. With each new move, Mrs. Eyester discovered that women everywhere had the same kinds of problems. “’Mom’ became my professional title, moms became my coworkers, and motherhood became my field of study and evaluation.”

    Once a researcher, always a researcher. Eyester studied diligently to learn what women were doing that worked for their families, and that did not work. She realized that it was important for even small children to have their agency: they could do what was forbidden or fail to do what was required and if they did so they suffered the consequences.

    Eyester soon realized that there is no such thing as a perfect mom. Even the best mother has bad days; even the worst mother has the occasional, if rare, good day. She remembers moving from Florida to a snowy state right aftergiving birth to a premature baby. Sitting on the stairs on a blizzard day, crying, with the baby crying in her arms and the three-year-old crying beside her, she felt like somewhat less than the ideal mom. But she managed to get herself under control and the children adequately wrapped, and they walked two blocks to the pediatrician’s office, where they learned that the three-year-old had an earache, the baby had colic, and the mother had a bad attitude. That was very encouraging, and if you believe that I have some ocean-front property in Arizona to sell you.

    What’s important, and what works, is to remember that there are multiple ways of doing things and as long as some semblance of “right” is preserved, it doesn’t matter whether the child does it your way or some other way. It is important to often reread Proverbs Chapter 31, and learn all you can about its meaning. It is important to guide your children and to lead from the front and play with them often, but it is also important for you to have some “me” time. If you deplete yourself, you have nothing left to give to anybody else.

    Pray often. If you are not into prayer, meditate often. Protect your children, but do not smother them. Protect you

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