Motherhood Realized: An Inspiring Anthology for the Hardest Job You'll Ever Love

Motherhood Realized: An Inspiring Anthology for the Hardest Job You'll Ever Love

by Power of Moms


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ISBN-13: 9781939629074
Publisher: Familius
Publication date: 04/08/2014
Pages: 206
Sales rank: 589,601
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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Power of Moms ( has become an online gathering place for more than one million moms since 2007. With regular podcasts, articles, videos, programs, and in-person retreats worldwide, they have created a haven for mothers who share in the same triumphs and struggles—and are dedicated to doing their very best.

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Your Children Want YOU!
There’s this crazy phenomenon going on right now.  Good, devoted mothers get on Pinterest . . . and blogs . . . and Facebook . . . and Twitter . . . and then they flip through parenting magazines and TV channels (full of advertisements and media hype) . . . and they’re convinced they’re not enough.

They’re convinced that everyone else has magnetic, alphabetized spice containers, and unless their garden parties are thematically accessorized with butterfly lanterns, and they’re wearing the latest fashions (in a size two, of course), there’s no point in even showing up for the day.

The Saturday before Easter, this happened to me.

I came home from a lovely day out with my extended family and had serious intentions to spend the evening dyeing Easter eggs and making bunny buns. By the time I got everyone settled and fed, however, I was so tired that I just laid on the couch and dozed while my children played and got themselves to bed.

Around 8:30, when I finally had the energy to sit up, I decided to try out Pinterest for a few minutes until my husband got home. There it was–1,000 reasons why I’m failing at all things domestic.

I don’t make grilled cheese sandwiches look like ice cream.

I don’t even have seasonal throw pillows on my couches or live plants anywhere in the house.

Is it really so hard? Can’t I pull myself together and wrap some candles in green foliage and bring happiness to our decor with bright fabrics and hand-crafted photo frames?

As I was trying to calm my frenzied state of mind, my husband came home and held me tight. We talked about our day, and he told me how much he loves me and that he wants our boys to marry someone like me. I fell asleep snuggled under his arm.

The following morning, our children enthusiastically bounded into our bedroom and tucked themselves into our covers. My four-year-old gave me an arm massage, and we all sat there together–joking, laughing, planning the day ahead, and enjoying that special feeling of family. Reflecting on the discouragement I’d felt the night before, I realized that my family doesn’t care about what I see on Pinterest. They care about me.

My daughter Grace loves me to sing “Baby Mine” to her each night before bed. When I go to our Power of Moms Retreats, she misses that special ritual. We have recordings of Michael Crawford and Allison Krauss singing their versions, but Grace doesn’t want those. She wants me. So I recorded myself singing “Baby Mine” and emailed the audio file to her and to my husband so Grace can hear “her song” before she sleeps. As far as she’s concerned, my untrained voice belongs at the top of the charts.

A few months ago, I was practicing sideways dutch braids on my two daughters. They had found these great “how-to” videos online, and we set up our comb, brush, and hair bands in front of the computer so I could become an expert.

Half-way through the braid, my fingers got all tangled up, the hair was too loose, and one of my daughters had been sitting with her head to the side for several minutes.
Feeling extremely frustrated, I said, “That little girl in the video is so lucky to have a mom who knows how to do hair.”

My daughter stopped me in my tracks when she responded, “But I have a mom who is trying.”

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Becoming Our Best Selves
  • Getting Through Hard Times
  • Remembering the Meaning in Motherhood
  • Shifting Our Perspectives
  • Savoring the Moments
  • Conclusion

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Motherhood Realized: An Inspiring Anthology for the Hardest Job You'll Ever Love 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Each chapter of this book is making an incremental impact on the way I think, the things I do and ultimately how I interact with my family. Those small and simple changes are beginning to add up and I can see a monumental shift happening in my own little home. I am so grateful that these authors have found a graceful way to walk the delicate line of being realistic and positive at the same time. Woven through each short chapter, is a deep belief in the importance and power of motherhood that is inspiring to me on my hardest days! Sometimes it's nice to be reminded that I'm normal but that I'm needed. I'm learning to find joy & genuine satisfaction in this process of parenting and creating some of the most meaningful relationships of my life!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can't go wrong with a book that has the sole purpose of encouragement. Real moms, real challenges, yet real hope.  Hooray for moms that are encouraging and building up one another instead of bickering about the way we do things differently.  Super excited to share this book with my friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've never read a book that left me so excited about motherhood. The voices of the authors are authentic and beautiful. This book is appropriate for moms of all ages and family sizes. I am so grateful for this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully written book by real Moms who are in the "trenches" of Motherhood.  I love the support and encouragement I get from the Power of Moms organization.  It has strengthened me as a person and has significantly changed my Mothering.  I am so grateful for the messages of empowerment and power.  Perhaps my favorite message I get from Power of Moms is to be my best self as  a Mom and not to try to be somebody else.  To not compare myself to others or try to be like them.  My kids want me, not someone else!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Several years ago when I was at a real low spot in my life, I stumbled onto the Power of Moms website. The articles there truly changed my outlook on motherhood and helped me find real joy in raising my children. I have since volunteered for this organization and am honored that an article I wrote made it into this book. My own article aside, I can honestly say that this book is a collection of some of my very, very favorite writings from the Power of Moms including, "Your Children Want You," "You're Not Mean, Just Stressed" and The Light in the Tunnel. Make a mom's day and share this book with her!!
AllysonR More than 1 year ago
While this review may be a little biased since I am one of the authors, I can't say enough about the women who wrote the "chapters" of this book and the heart that goes into them. The online community of deliberate mothers at Power of Moms are all about supporting and encouraging each other in our imperfections and weaknesses as we try to do one of the hardest jobs on earth. There are no fluffy pep talks that leave you feeling even more discouraged than before, but rather lots of recognition of the tough realities mothers face in a variety of situations with the assurance that you are not alone and YOU CAN DO THIS! It won't be easy, no mother is perfect (let alone her children!), but mom's can recognize what their own personal best really is and feel good at the end of the day for giving it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like that this book has so many different voices, everyone will find someone that they can relate to.  I feel less overwhelmed like I am missing something as a mom because I don't ... (fill in the blank with the perfect mom thing of your choice)  It comes from moms of kids of all ages, some relate to where I am now, and looking ahead.   Great read! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book about the realities of motherhood! It's beautiful yet real, and with so many different mother voices being heard, there is something for everyone in it! Fabulous book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love that this book challenges moms to break through the stereotypes and define—for ourselves—what a "good mother" is. In this modern culture of online interaction, it's become so easy to tear each other down rather than build up, encourage and support. This book empowers the mother to become "her" best self... the type of mother she truly wants to be, rather than what society expects her to be. This book offers the encouragement and practical approach to motherhood that I've come to expect from "Power of Moms". 
LindseyMBell More than 1 year ago
Motherhood Realized is an encouraging read for mothers everywhere. The book is divided into 4 sections (all of which are topics moms need to read about!): 1. Becoming Our Best Selves 2. Getting Through Hard Times 3. Shifting Our Perspectives 4. Savoring Moments The entire book is a collection of favorite posts that originally appeared on the Power of Moms blog. One thing I absolutely love about the book is that it is easily digestible. Moms are busy people, so it's hard to find time to read a long chapter in a book. Because this particular book is a collection of short (but powerful!) blog posts, the chapters are do-able for even the busiest of moms. Each chapter concludes with a reflection question and a challenge to help moms apply the theme to their lives. I have loved the Power of Moms blog for years, but if it's possible, I think I love this book even more. It's provided a one-stop-spot for some of the best posts about motherhood. *I received this book for review, but all opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book has practical tips and stories that relate to all moms to help us realize what mothering means to each of us.  The chapters are quick and easy to read with thoughful questions and challenges at the end of each chapter to help us learn to realize the joys of motherhood. I love reading the Power of Moms website and now their most  helpful articles are all in one place. So grateful to have uplifiting stories to turn to when I've had a hard mom day. I also purchased Deliberate Motherhood from Power of Moms last year and love both of these simple, short, inspiring books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If only mothers had the training that other careers and paid professions were offered...this book is just what is needed. I am so glad to have resources like this- from real moms (and many!) who are in the midst of their mothering 'careers' of differing circumstance and situation. But the principles that are taught can be applied to so many mothers at so many different stages of their lives. 
friedturtle More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was so uplifting. It contains short stories of wisdom from different mothers and their experiences with motherhood. It talks about the ups and downs of motherhood and working to be intentional and balance it all. I felt so empowered to be a better mother and take things one step at a time. It's easy to read each story in just a few minutes at a time. This would make a great gift for any mother. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exactly the kind of encouragement that all mothers need - positive, affirming, real - thank you for this lovely gift!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mothers need to know they are not alone, and this book is an amazing example of finding strength and encouragement from others who are in the trenches. It's worth every minute!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Motherhood is truly beautiful and equally challenging. This book captures it in such a way to create reflection and desire to enjoy each moment as it is. It's an easy read, and the short essays allow you to read as quickly or slowly as you like. This book will speak to every mother. Truly inspiring on so many levels. You will laugh; you will cry; and you will relate to every essay shared in a way that is unique to your experience as a mother.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOnderful book for all moms. If you are looking for a book that helps you see the beautiful side of motherhood, (even when it may not always seem so beautiful!) this is your book. I absolutely loved the focus on "being the best you" without trying to be like any other mother. We have to acknowledge our strengths and focus on those. The "Good Mom" Redefined chapter was one of my favorites! It is refreshing to know that I can enjoy this time when my children are young and stop beating myself up about the bumps in the road. Clearly, from the stories shared in this anthology, I am not alone in this struggle, but with deliberate mothers to boost me up, I can pick my head up and keep trying to be the best ME.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I needed to read this book.  It's a comfort to me to hear from other moms who experience the same things I do on a daily basis.  It reminds me that I need to be whole in order to raise a whole family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book!  You will feel empowered, uplifted, and energized in your mothering with this book's articles running through your head.  It'd be a great Mother's Day gift for any mom in your life.  Such encouragement and power.  Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a perfect embodiment of moms so often long to hear: challenge to be the best mom you can be, and encouragement to keep up the good work when you feel like you're just treading water. I want to order a copy for every single one of my friends and family! I especially like the reflection questions at the end of each article which allows me to really apply the concept to what is going on in our family- definitely a must-read for all moms :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed reading this book! I love the message that you are enough for your child(ren). This book had many beautiful thoughts on motherhood and deliberate choices we can all make to find joy in raising our children. This would make a beautiful gift for any mother. I also wanted to note the ease of reading in that there are short chapters one can read quickly, each with a take home message and challenge. You will love this book!
alimonson More than 1 year ago
This book was inspiring from start to finish. I came away so inspired and excited to share it with my sisters-in-law and friends.
MissusBee More than 1 year ago
Motherhood is hard, don't do it alone! This book is presented in quick "bite sized pieces" for busy moms. It's a collection of writings from different women at different stages of mothering. You'll be challenged, encouraged and affirmed as a  mom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed reading this book. Each essay goes right to the heart of motherhood, exploring the heartache as well as the heartwarming experiences. A great read for any woman with a mother's heart!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, has some great articles reminding us moms of what mothering should be all about. Easy read and great advise!