Monday, November 5, 2012

the mommyhood - book review + giveaway!





When entertaining the idea of children, especially in one's mid-30s, I think it's wise to hear from mothers who are experienced not just with diapers and burp clothes but also with the balancing of a busy, full life with and (gasp!!!) away from their children. 

Heather Alexander, who you may know from The Mommyhoood blog, recently wrote a book called The Secrets of the Mommyhood. 

Heather's views on parenting have been tested from many angles, making her my kind of mom! She's had a really big career which she balanced, at its peak, with two young children. She's also been a stay-at-home mom. These days, when she's not busy being an author, along with tending to her daughter, son and husband, Heather writes a column for the Knoxville News Sentinel

With action points that direct expecting moms on  how best to pack for the hospital and a very candid list of pros and cons for anyone undecided on returning to work after baby, Secrets is a very user-friendly guide that picks up where more clinical books on pregnancy and childbirth end. Heather shares her classified mommycode in a casual and comical voice. This book is a quick read, and by its end you'll feel like Heather is one of your girlfriends, especially when she gives readers the perfect comeback for those competitive, know-it-all veterans who might make a new mom feel a little inferior. 

In the spirit of full disclosure it should be noted that Heather is one of my friends.  Remember this cute correspondence?     Heather's daugther. When one pals around with important authors there are often free books, so I get the pleasure of giving away a copy of Secrets of the Mommyhood to one lucky reader. This book would make a great happy to send to a friend who recently announced she's expecting, and it's also a perfect shower gift. 

To enter: leave a comment telling me you're all-time favorite TV mom.  I'll name a winner on November 26th! 



10 comments:

MCW said...

I don't want the book :) But, I do want to tell you my favorite TV mom...Claire Huxtable. I want to be a Cosby and do the little song and dance acts they did for their grandparents.

Casey said...

Kelly Ripa - does that count? She's down to earth, balances a crazy career with several young children, and has a great perspective about it all.

Leigh Powell Hines said...

Hi, don't enter me either...save that for new moms, but my favorite mom on TV was probably the mom to Alex P. Keaton (Meredith Baxter Burney) of Family Ties. I also liked them mom in Growing Pains, and of course, I always thought it would be cool to have Samantha Stevens as a mom of Bewitched. :)

HoundDogMom said...

We are not planning having any little 2-leggers in our household anymore. But I have to say my favorite TV mom was Lucille Ball. BOL

We would like to enter because we have a very special blog friend that is expecting their first baby and I would give it to her.

Sniffs, The HoundDogs and Mom

Jessica Mesnick said...

I love Miranda on SATC- a very modern mother!

Katie said...

Lorelai on Gilmore Girls -- always kept her wit intact!

Katie said...

Lorelai on Gilmore Girls -- always kept her wit intact!

Heather said...

Thank you, Patra, for your help spreading the word about my book! Thank you for the sweet things you say in the write up, too.

The TV mom question is super fun. Okay, technically not a mom, but I am going to go with Edna from Facts of Life.

Amy said...

I'm not a huge TV fan, so no moms come to mind as "oh, my gosh, she's the best", but I watched The United States of Tara on Netflix not too long ago. While a mom with multiple (destructive) personalities is not the ideal mom, Tara herself seems like a pretty cool cat. Maybe she's just a rich character...

Anonymous said...

This honestly answered my predicament, thank you!


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