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MOMAHOLIC

Confessions of a Helicopter Parent
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Every mom has felt the need to be perfect.

MOMAHOLIC is one woman’s private, dramatic, and often comical invitation to peek inside a time in her life where everything fell apart and she had to take an honest look at what she was doing right and what she’d been doing terribly wrong. With this simple discovery, her whacky family’s season of becoming unraveled found a new glue (other than her blood, sweat and tears) that would re-bond her family and unite them in a deeper and more functional way than ever before.  

 The real life characters:

  • A MOM who is literally the head writer of a network soap opera… at work and at home
  • A HUSBAND who expects perfection from his kids and his wife, but who has the wisdom to know he’s being unrealistic and yet, can’t help but scratch his head in frustration as his family’s troubles seem to spiral out of his control
  • An autistic SON
  • A popular DAUGHTER who is suddenly pregnant
  • An ADOPTED DAUGHTER pulled from the jungles of Vietnam with no leg below the right knee and fingers fused together
  • An ADOPTED SON from Ethiopia, rescued from the streets at the age of 9.

 This is a story showing the speed with which a “normal” family can fall apart.  No one dies.  No one gets kidnapped.  They just have to deal with each of their own issues….and then one unwanted and unplanned pregnancy.   This was a church-going family whose kids were taught abstinence until marriage. With the family running around as the tornado sirens roared warnings to take cover, mother, Miss Drama, becomes the biggest mess of all and ends up finding a whole new freedom for her soul.

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This is a story of one mom’s battle to keep her Christian family united. Both parents are highly successful in their respective fields, they have a son and a daughter, and adopt a son and a daughter. The biological son is autistic. The biological daughter December 1, 2012

This book came at the perfect time for me. My review is a bit delayed due to our cross country move this summer, but I was able to read it just before the move. After reading and processing many of the events that happened to this family, I was able to take the advice of the author and apply them in my own life. It’s true, every family has to deal with their own issues, and all of us have different issues that we face. It’s one thing to intellectually know that we need to let go, and let God take care of our children, and another thing to actually apply it. I am very similar to the author in that hovering and nurturing comes naturally and is instinctive. We all want to protect our children, but sometimes, we have to loosen the grip, allow them to take risks, love them when they make mistakes (even those that will affect them for a lifetime), and be there for them. Part of the bond I felt with the author may be due to the fact that we both have autistic sons. That is a situation that only someone else living it can understand.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Review by Karen

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MOMAHOLIC : Confessions of a Helicopter Parent, Dena Higley

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Every mom has felt the need to be perfect.

MOMAHOLIC is one woman’s private, dramatic, and often comical invitation to peek inside a time in her life where everything fell apart and she had to take an honest look at what she was doing right and what she’d been doing terribly wrong. With this simple discovery, her whacky family’s season of becoming unraveled found a new glue (other than her blood, sweat and tears) that would re-bond her family and unite them in a deeper and more functional way than ever before.  

 The real life characters:

  • A MOM who is literally the head writer of a network soap opera… at work and at home
  • A HUSBAND who expects perfection from his kids and his wife, but who has the wisdom to know he’s being unrealistic and yet, can’t help but scratch his head in frustration as his family’s troubles seem to spiral out of his control
  • An autistic SON
  • A popular DAUGHTER who is suddenly pregnant
  • An ADOPTED DAUGHTER pulled from the jungles of Vietnam with no leg below the right knee and fingers fused together
  • An ADOPTED SON from Ethiopia, rescued from the streets at the age of 9.

 This is a story showing the speed with which a “normal” family can fall apart.  No one dies.  No one gets kidnapped.  They just have to deal with each of their own issues….and then one unwanted and unplanned pregnancy.   This was a church-going family whose kids were taught abstinence until marriage. With the family running around as the tornado sirens roared warnings to take cover, mother, Miss Drama, becomes the biggest mess of all and ends up finding a whole new freedom for her soul.

More Information

Length 256 Pages
Publication Date May 1, 2012
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 0849947367
ISBN-13 9780849947360
Height 8.3"
Width 5.5"