I’ve enjoyed Lisa Pennington’s blog for a long time, so I was excited about the opportunity to review her book, Mama Needs a Do-Over: Simple Steps to Turning a Hard Day Around.
As a mom of nine kids, Lisa obviously has experience in this area of hard days! In her book, she gives moms steps they can take when they feel frustrated or overwhelmed with how their day is going. She has readers list their gifts, dreams, and problems, then explains how to match those areas up to overcome the problems. For example, if you enjoy decorating, use that gift to address your child’s struggle with organization and create a nice area where they can arrange their possessions in an orderly way.
Lisa emphasizes that we should always be willing to change a plan that’s not working and, of course, the importance that our attitude makes when addressing a difficulty. One of my favorite tips is using humor – doing something to turn a tense moment into a lighter one.
We can also fill our “success suitcase” with prayer, applicable Bible verses, and the fruit of the spirit to help us have the right responses to problems. Most of all, she encourages us to enjoy motherhood by taking time to breathe and making real connections with our children.
Much of Lisa’s book is written in the vein of her blog. Lisa doesn’t take life – or herself! – too seriously. While I felt the book lacked flow in certain spots, I appreciated her perspective on mothering and her practical ideas. You can tell she has a heart for moms and wants to help them along on their parenting journey.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my review. All of the opinions expressed in this post are my own and
I was not compensated for this review in any other way.