If we're honest with ourselves, almost every mom knows she can go from being kind to cranky in no time flat. When we're tired, busy, anxious, preoccupiedokay, so anytime, reallywe tend to default to snapping and barking at the people we love best. But life doesn't have to be this way.
Through coaching other moms who share a desire to be a kinder, gentler parent, Becky Kopitzke has learned the keys to taming the "momster" in all of us. And in this grace-filled book, she will help you
· assess the triggers that spark your angry responses
· understand your children better so you can minimize frustrations
· learn gentle, effective responses to trying situations
· and much more
Consider The Cranky Mom Fix your personal battle plan to focus on who you are and how to wield God's wisdom and strength in your family. With an extensive resource section of practical activities, tips, and self-assessment tools, this book will help you reclaim true peace for your soul and your home.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Becky Kopitzke is a popular writer, blogger, and speaker who offers weekly encouragement on her blog, www.beckykopitzke.com, and contributes regularly to other popular mom and family sites, including Kirk Cameron's www.thecourage.com. She and her husband, Chad, and their two young daughters live in Neenah, Wisconsin.
Table of Contents
Introducing Monster Mom 11
Taming the Momster 15
1 Who's the Real Enemy Here? 17
2 What Are Your Triggers? 28
3 Don't Snap. Do This Instead 40
4 When You Reach Your Limit 57
5 Self-Care-the New "S" Word 68
Meet Them Where They Am 81
6 Your Child Is Not You 83
7 Have Some Respect 96
8 This Family Is Now in Session 112
Discipline That Works 122
9 Jesus Is Not a Killjoy 125
10 Mind, Will, Heart 140
11 Three Family Rules 152
12 How to Discipline with Grace 163
Be the F.ll.N. Family 183
13 Are You F.U.N.? 185
14 F=Forgiveness 195
15 U=Unexpected 207
16 N=Nurture 217
A Mother's Serenity Prayer 240
Tools and Resources 241
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
WHY I CHOOSE THIS BOOK What can I say? Parenting books are incredibly intriguing to me. I’ve read dozens of them and still find them to be some of the most interesting books I pick up. I find it very enlightening to see the concepts behind the why and how parents are raising their kids. (Disclaimer: I’m not married, I’m not a mom, and I’m very aware of the fact that I don’t have the whole parenting thing figured out. I’m not one of those annoying single people who think I know how to raise kids. I just like reading about how others raise their kids and figure that my reviews of these books give an interesting perspective since I’m not the intended audience.) WHAT I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS BOOK This book isn’t a book about how to raise kids. This book is about how to be a good mom. There’s a big difference between the two and I was impressed as I read this book. My dad (who’s done a fantastic job raising nine kids) has told me before that he never really liked reading parenting books written by people who’s kids were still little, because how do they know that what they are teaching really works? And that makes sense. This author’s kids are still young, but her approach isn’t about what to do with the kids, it’s about how to respond as a mom. I really liked this book. It was encouraging, uplifting, honest, and so practical. The author talks about how she, as a mom, is working on learning to change her mindset, control herself, and become more Christ-like. Although this book was about how to be a better mom, it’s applicable for pretty much anyone. It’s so easy for people to blame their reactions on other people, but this book highlighted the fact that we are responsible for how we respond to situations. The author does a fantastic job of helping the reader think through why they respond the way they do to certain things, then offers solid, Biblically-based answers for how they can change. When I read this book I was inspired by how I can change things in my life to become more Christ-like. It also made me excited about being a mom one day if I ever have kids. From my very non-experienced viewpoint, I felt like the author did the perfect job of being inspiring, encouraging, honest, funny, and hard-hitting. She doesn’t hold back from the truth, but she delivers it in a way that’s easy(ish) to accept. CONCLUSION There were only a very few things in this book that I had an issue with which isn’t common. As usual, I don’t recommend or un-recommend parenting books, but I did really like this one. RATING I’m giving The Cranky Mom Fix 4 out of 5 stars. I’m thankful for the publisher for giving me a copy so I could review it here.
I am always looking for ways to grow as a parent and a Christian. This book really caught my eye, because lately, I have felt like just the everyday stresses of life, compounded by a bit of a curve ball that hit last year has definitely turned me into a bit more of a "cranky" mom. I found this devotional to be just what a needed, offering some great advice and taking me through God's Word. Boy, Becky sure hit the nail on the head! She wrote about so many things I struggle with. She gave some really great pointers and Scripture on how to act, react, and become the Mom God wants us to be. I am still working through the individual questions and study at the end of the chapters. I did a quick read through and am going back to really do a deeper study with all the verses included. I feel like this would be a wonderful asset to many mom's out there. It would make a great personal or group study. I know I myself have been convicted while reading through this book, but I have also been encouraged that I can tame the "momster" inside and become grace filled and a kinder, gentler parent when I put these principles into practice. I would definitely recommend this book! I was blessed with a copy courtesy of Bethany House Publishers. I wasn't required to give a positive review, All opinions are my own.
This book was a lovely reminder of many things that I already know, but tend to forget in the moment. It's nice to have a Biblical perspective as well!
This book was very encouraging writing and compelling to read with that also had a great story that was very inspiring building relationship for all the parent specially mom with all their children whenever she had many kind of emotion like worry, anxiety, feeling stress from work, heartache or disappointment and because of all that need to come out in a good way. Becky Kopitzke had offered practical tools, ideas helping through all the parent point to basic of the Bible and God’s wisdom. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Bethany House Publish Group for this review”.
Wow! This book has been working on, in, and through me! How often as Mom’s do we get cranky just because things don’t go our way of because our kids don’t do something the same way we would!? Becky share about ridding our homes of the “Momster” and how to fix our cranky! “The Cranky Mom Fix” has helped me to be more aware of my ‘triggers’ and what makes me cranky. Also, I’ve been reminded that I am responsible for me and I cannot blame my kids for my attitude, I need to be the example! Becky works the reader through having a more peaceful home by implementing practical tips and applying God’s Word into our everyday! I love the “Let’s Dig In” parts at the end of each chapter that helped me to see more what God says! This book is really changed my heart and is making a difference in my home and family! I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
This book is a must read for any mom. It spoke to me and was a great reminder that no mom is perfect but we can all do better. "Kids are not people to be tamed but nurtured" this quote summarizes the nature of the book. Kopitzke shows how easy it is to fall into a routine of just managing your kids without enjoying the process of the people they are becoming and how to break free of that mentality. If you know a new mom or one with young children this book would make an excellent gift!