Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Mother's Day Giveaway a Day -DAY I The Mean Mom's Book: Rule Book for Moms

This is Day One of ThingsMomsLike's Giveaway a Day for Mother's Day countdown!

Maureen LoBue of the Mean Mom's Club has written a funny, realistic book about motherhood called "Mean Mom's Club: The Mom's Rule Book". I didn't know what to expect when I cracked this book, but I have to say that I like what I see. I like that the seven rules cover common parenting ideas and myths that you realize aren't as cut and dried as you had imagined once you become a real, live mother.

I like how she talks about the mommy guilt that we often feel at those moments where we just want them to stop talking and leave us alone (oh, you still have just babies? you'll see). She uses her experience as a Special Education Teacher, Child Life Specialist and Family Services Specialist and MOST IMPORTANTLY, AS A MOTHER to present real-life scenarios and common sense advice and solutions to the average mother.

What I found most useful in this book is that she advocates for following your heart, using common sense, your instincts and operating from the idea and the reality that YOU know your child better than ANYONE else does and every mother's style is very different.

My favorite tips (and it was hard to narrow it down):

  • It’s my job… to teach respect even when that doesn’t make me very popular
  • Pick your battles… If you go to battle over everything, you will die of exhaustion

    and the point of the book (in my eyes)...

Maureen is giving away a copy of Mean Mom's Club: The Mom's Rule Book to one lucky ThingsMomsLike reader!

For your initial entry, visit the Mean Mom's Club to find out more about Maureen and come back and comment on how YOU are the Meanest Mom Ever. Funny stories welcome!

2. You get an extra entry if you "Follow Me" on Twitter

3. Additional entry if you TWEET about this giveaway. Post a link to the Tweet here. You can Tweet this contest for an entry ONCE A DAY for more chances!

4. Additional entry if you join my FACEBOOK GROUP

5. Additional entry if you subscribe to my blog (on the right)

6. Additional entry if you "Follow Me" on Google (on the right)

7. Another extra entry if you "Grab My Button" in the right sidebar and put it on your website.

8. If you're a blogger, yet ANOTHER entry if you BLOG this Giveaway and post a link to the post here.

**Be sure to create individual comments for each of the above that you've done or you won't get the extra entries.**

Giveaway ends on MOTHER'S DAY


Christi said...

The quiz says I'm not quite a mean mom yet - so I guess I have a lot of learning to do! :)

Christi said...

I'm following you on Twitter!

Christi said...

Tweeted about your giveaway!

Christi said...

Blogged about your giveaway!!

Christi said...

Joined your facebook group!

Christi said...

Subscribed to your blog - it rocks, I'm glad I found it on Amity!

yyeres said...

I took the quiz and I got a SCORE: 71% FAILED. yyeres(at)gmail(dot)com

Jenny said...

I followed the link from the Mombloggers Twibe on Twitter. LOVE the look of your blog! It's so welcoming & your content is fun and fresh!

Sweepstakes Advantage said...
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Sweepstakes Advantage said...

No one likes a mean Mommy. :) I found your giveaway listed on Sweepstakes Advantage, Good luck to everyone.

Arin said...

I follow you on twitter

Arin said...

Okay got ahead of myself on the comments: okay the quiz told me I'm not a mean mommy yet too-but I am a mean mommy in my own way because I lock my daughter in her room at night so she'll go to sleep. gasp.

Arin said...

I follow

Arin said...

I follow you on twitter too!

Arin said...

I subscribe to your blog as well