Don't Mom Alone: Growing the Relationships You Need to Be the Mom You Want to Be

Don't Mom Alone: Growing the Relationships You Need to Be the Mom You Want to Be

Don't Mom Alone: Growing the Relationships You Need to Be the Mom You Want to Be

Don't Mom Alone: Growing the Relationships You Need to Be the Mom You Want to Be


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Being a good mom isn't about doing everything right to create a set of perfect trophy children—though every mom has felt the pressure to do just that and to do it all on her own. To ask for help feels like defeat. Yet when we try to do it all by our own strength, we end up depleted, lonely, and ineffective.

Heather MacFadyen wants you to know that you are not meant to go it alone. Sharing her most vulnerable, hard mom moments, she shows how moms can be empowered by God, supported by others, and connected with their children. With encouragement and insight, she helps you foster the key relationships you need to be the mom you want to be.

Whether you work or stay home, whether you have teenagers or babes in arms, you'll find here a compassionate friend who wants the best—not just for your kids but for you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800739324
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/12/2021
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,081,496
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Heather MacFadyen is the host of the popular parenting podcast Don't Mom Alone, with more than 18 million downloads from around the globe. She finds great joy in connecting other women to mentors and experts through her podcast and by speaking at live events with women across the country. She and her husband and their four sons live in Dallas, Texas. Learn more at

Table of Contents

Foreword Chrystal Evans Hurst 11

Preface 15

Section 1 Empowered By God

1 Let Him Be a Jerk 21

Isolating Idea: I am fully responsible for my child's outcome. Connecting Truth: I am important but not essential in God's plan for my child.

2 Mother of the Year 35

Isolating Idea: I am falling short of the good mom formula. Connecting Truth: I embrace my intention and release fear of imperfection.

3 Hole in My Bucket 45

Isolating Idea: I have nothing left to give. Connecting Truth: I am a limited human being, dependent on a limitless God.

4 Seeing Is Believing 61

Isolating Idea: I am an outsider. Connecting Truth: I am seen, valued, and free to welcome others.

Section 2 Supported By Others

5 No Mom Is an Island 77

Isolating Idea: I have to figure out motherhood on my own. Connecting Truth: I deepen relationships when I allow others to help me.

6 Cleaning Muddy Purses 91

Isolating Idea: I avoid conflict if I disconnect from others. Connecting Truth: I can disagree with you and stay united.

7 All Working Moms 107

Isolating Idea: I don't belong because of my career choices. Connecting Truth: I have a unique mom brand and you do too.

8 Keep the Candles Lit 119

Isolating Idea: I need a more helpful parenting partner. Connecting Truth: I value connecting to a parent who is different from me.

Section 3 Connected to Your Child

9 Don't Make Me Angry 135

Isolating Idea: I can't stop yelling at my kids. Connecting Truth: I can identify anger triggers and use calming tools.

10 Like Riding a Horse 149

Isolating Idea: I don't know how to get my kids to obey. Connecting Truth: I can connect with my kids while shaping their behavior.

11 Throw Away the Receipt 163

Isolating Idea: I would be a better parent if I had different kids. Connecting Truth: I am a better parent because of my kids' differences.

12 Do Like I Do 175

Isolating Idea: I don't know how to lead my kids to Jesus. Connecting Truth: I walk in faith with my kids and let others fill in the gaps.

Acknowledgments 193

Notes 197

About Heather MacFadyen 205

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