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Trade Paperback
256 pages
May 2005

The Mommy Manual: Planting Roots That Give Your Children Wings

by Barbara Curtis

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“Mommy, quit hiding in the laundry room. Ben is ‘watering’ the carpet, Johnny has a bean up his nose, and Sally cut Becca’s ponytail off!”

For every mother who has dealt with a day like this, Barbara Curtis’ book, The Mommy Manual, is a necessary purchase. The mother of twelve children--four of whom have Downs Syndrome--Barbara has 35 years of experience to back up her teachings. She understands when a mother is just one more whining voice or spilt milk away from insanity. In her book, Barbara brings vision back to motherhood as she shares the keys to “planting roots that give your children wings.”

The Mommy Manual is exactly that -- a manual for mothers. Written in the structured, organized style of a textbook, yet brimming with warmth and sincerity, Barbara’s book gives practical, applicable advice to new mothers as well as seasoned captains of a full quiver. She shares honestly about her childhood, her conversion to Christianity, her successes, and her failures. Barbara offers specific examples of things to do and patterns to follow in parenting, yet manages to remove the pressure of perfectionism that is often present in self-help books. As Barbara says, “If I ever thought my words might add more burden to an already burdened mommy’s life, I would never write another word.”

There are three sections: Treasures, discovering who your child is; Measures, enabling your child to become all God created him/her to be; and Pleasures, finding and keeping the joy of family living. Throughout the sections, Barbara entices the reader to join the Curtis family and learn ten simple keys to creating a home, where family means loving teamwork and where godly character traits abound.

Barbara has mastered the art of teaching. Her warm, friendly, “been there, done that” attitude flows off the pages and into your heart. She offers wisdom and insight gained from occupying the trenches. Mommies who want to travel the path to joy in mothering, while planting roots that give wings, will discover The Mommy Manual to be an excellent road map. -- Rhonda Maller, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Your minivan's on empty--and so are you. Now what?

The Mommy Manual gives you an encouraging dose of inspiration and practical know-how that will help you succeed as a mom. Inside, you'll discover ten essential keys to raising happy, confident kids. Author Barbara Curtis, a mother of twelve, draws on decades of parenting experience to teach you how to  

    - recognize your children's potential as well as their unique, God-given gifts
    - create an inviting, loving environment in your home with traditions and rituals
    - teach teamwork, drive, and self-discipline
    - motivate your children to grow in respect, generosity, thankfulness, and other godly traits
    - find joy and contentment in your everyday routine

Loaded with been-there empathy, The Mommy Manual delivers real-life stories and proven, power-packed advice. Whether you have a single tiny tot or a growing brood, you'll discover how to nourish joyfulness, graciousness, and confidence in your family-starting now!