MomaholicConfessions of a Helicopter Parent
By Dena Higley
Published by Thomas Nelson
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Every mom has felt the need to be perfect.
Momaholic is one woman’s private, dramatic, and often comical invitation to peek inside a time in her life where everything fell apart and she had to take an honest look at what she was doing right and what she’d been doing terribly wrong. With this simple discovery, her whacky family’s season of becoming unraveled found a new glue (other than her blood, sweat and tears) that would re-bond her family and unite them in a deeper and more functional way than ever before.
The real life characters:
* A MOM who is literally the head writer of a network soap opera… at work and at home * A HUSBAND who expects perfection from his kids and his wife, but who has the wisdom to know he’s being unrealistic and yet, can’t help but scratch his head in frustration as his family’s troubles seem to spiral out of his control * An autistic SON * A popular DAUGHTER who is suddenly pregnant * An ADOPTED DAUGHTER pulled from the jungles of Vietnam with no leg below the right knee and fingers fused together * An ADOPTED SON from Ethiopia, rescued from the streets at the age of 9.
This is a story showing the speed with which a “normal” family can fall apart. No one dies. No one gets kidnapped. They just have to deal with each of their own issues….and then one unwanted and unplanned pregnancy. This was a church-going family whose kids were taught abstinence until marriage. With the family running around as the tornado sirens roared warnings to take cover, mother, Miss Drama, becomes the biggest mess of all and ends up finding a whole new freedom for her soul.
MY REVIEWI just finished reading Momaholic – Crazy Confessions of a Helicopter Parent by Dena Higley. I am not even sure why I picked this book from the lineup of available books to read from the Booksneeze program at Thomas Nelson. Maybe it was the most interesting? It sure wasn’t about the cover, and it definitely wasn’t pegged as fiction. I am not a mom of any sort, don’t watch tv, never mind soaps so it wasn’t because I knew Dena’s name from there or knew I was a helicopter mom. But none the less, I am glad I did, and will be telling my mom friends about this one.
Dena writes with humor in about every line, for sure in every situation, though some of the situations are no laughing matter. She is very honest, and not afraid to tell it like it is, bad parts with the good. I would think that any parent, whether caught up in hovering over their children to the point of unhelathy hovering, or just starting will find relief and help in reading this book. No, I would not call this a self-help book, just sharing from one frazzled mother to the next.
The book is well written, and a joy to read.
I received this book free through Thomas Nelsons’s Booksneeze program in exchange for an honest review, which I have done. The opinions are my own.