Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Book Review - Hoodwinked: Ten Myths Moms Believe and Why We All Need To Knock It Off


Think she keeps house like June Cleaver, cooks like a Food Network star, and actually does all of the things she pins to her Pinterest boards? Oh... and all while calmly raising her kids without ever raising her voice? Yeah... right.

Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk have had enough of these misconceptions. Myths such as: “The way I mother is the right (and only) way,” “Motherhood is natural, easy, and instinctive,” or “My child’s bad choice means I’m a bad mom.” These myths leave moms hoodwinked and sometimes even heartbroken.

In their straightforward yet encouraging “we’ve been there” style, Karen and Ruth enable mothers to:

• Identify the ten myths of motherhood our current culture perpetuates
• Replace the lies with the truth of what God says in the Bible about mothering
• Acquire practical tools to help them form new and improved thought patterns and healthy behaviors
• Forge healthy, supportive relationships with other moms of all ages and stages
• Confidently embrace the calling of motherhood as they care for their families in their own unique way


This book has opened my eyes to things I believed about motherhood and my role in it! I didn't realize I believed I had to be so perfect as a mom, but I realized in reading this book, that I did.

I can remember when my children were younger and they would do something that wasn't a good choice and I looked at it as a reflection of my parenting! It was horrifying if they did something like have a tantrum or didn't behave properly in a social setting because I just knew that others knew what a bad mom I was! I know a lot of this belief came from my own mother who felt the same way.

I really liked how the authors broke this book into ten common myths because it made it easier to read and I also realized that I could relate to them all! I'm sure if you're a mom, you'll find you can relate to a lot of them, too.

We don't have to mother like others do or make the same choices our friends or family member do. This book gives us permission to be the mom we want to be and we don't have to be perfect! Hallelujah! We also can enjoy motherhood because it's one of the greatest jobs ever!

The only bad thing I have to say about this book is that I wish it would have been around 20 years ago when I was first mothering my children!! It would have saved me a lot of angst and given me permission to just enjoy my children without the pressures of being "super mom".  However, even though my children are grown, I still found so much to pull from this book to help me be more confident in my mothering now.

I really love this book and I give it 5 out of 5 stars! If you're a mom, please get this book now!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by the authors.

Blessings - Julie

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