Mothering from Scratch- A Review

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As I begin writing this post, I have been a mom for approximately 143 days, 11 hours, and 1 minute. That being said, I don’t have a ton of advice for new moms, except don’t hesitate to ask for guidance from moms who have had more experience than 144 days

…preferably moms who have had many, many YEARS of experience.

That’s why I’m so thankful for Melinda Means and Kathy Helgemo’s new book, Mothering from Scratch: Finding the Best Parenting Style for You and Your Family.

Here are two women with years of mothering adventures who couldn’t be more open and honest about their triumphs and trials in motherhood. They both take turns sharing their journeys as mothers, as well as encourage the readers, moms like me and moms with a little more under their belt, to enjoy discovering how God made you unique, especially in raising up children and caring for your home.

Through stories of proud mom moments and personal parenting flops, Melinda and Kathy helped me not feel alone in my “momma-hood” hesitancy and questions. I especially related to Melinda because she described her struggle with people-pleasing and a performance-driven mentality that caused her to seek approval and compare herself to other moms.

Being a recovering perfectionist myself, very quickly after my son was born, I realized that I couldn’t say “yes” to everything anymore. Trying to balance responsibilities the same way I did before my son was born left me exhausted, stressed out, and spiritually dry.

That’s why sections like “Sifting It All Out” and “Mothering With Wisdom and Grace” were tremendously beneficial to me in my new role as a mom. Melinda urges the reader to remember that the most important person we need to let into our mothering style is Jesus.

“[Jesus] is the Guest of Honor, the gold standard against which we measure all other counsel. Spending time in His Word and prayer is the best way to know His standard and ways intimately enough to use them as our measuring stick” (pg 113).

Over the last four months, I have been trying my best to find a good routine regarding my time in the Word and in prayer as a stay-at-home mom. It hasn’t come easy because of all of the responsibilities that come along with raising a child and caring for a home full-time, but I know that time spent with the Lord is worth fighting for.

In the chapter “Feeding Your Soul,” Melinda and Kathy urge the reader to not forget about “quiet time” with the Lord and give practical ways to keep time with God a part of our busy day. This chapter alone is worth purchasing the book, in my opinion. Also, after every chapter, there are questions perfect for your reflection time with the Lord.

Are you a new mom?

Are you a mom with teenagers getting ready to head off to college?

No matter your “momma-hood” experience, this book is for you!

Grab your copy today at, my momma friend!