Sunday, April 28, 2019

Memory Making Mom by Jessica Smartt

On Amazon
Be a different kind of mom. Break through the distractions and create lasting memories.
What’s the solution to gaining the balanced, meaningful life you desire with your family? Create traditions that bring joy and significance. Popular "Smartter Each Day" blogger and mom of three, Jessica Smartt explains why memory-making is the puzzle piece that today’s families are longing for. She highlights ten tradition-gifts kids need most, including a rich resource of two hundred–plus unique traditions. She also offers practical encouragement to modern parents to keep on adventuring—even when they are fighting distractions, are on a budget, and exhausted.
My Review:  
Memory Making Mom by Jessica Smartt shares about making memories in your family.  The author talks about making memories on holidays, in service, on trips, with food, in work and in relationships.  She talks about gifts of rest, memories, music, family devotions, and holidays.    The author refers to holidays as gifts.    Her writing style is storytelling and she spends the chapters giving ideas and telling stories from her family and others.  Each chapter starts with a quote and ends with suggested things to do.  There is also a master index in the back with over 200 memory making ideas.  

I was so intrigued to read this book.  In my heart I want to be a memory making mom so the title spoke to me.  I want to celebrate traditions and have connections with my kids. You can pick and choose what chapters you read and the index has so many ideas that you can choose or use it as a springboard  to discover more ideas.  I found myself skipping around the book to find what fit for my family at this time in our lives.

The book helped me up to seeing memory making in a different way.  For instance every spring my kids and I recite a the Robert Frost poem Nothing Gold Can Stay at the first signs of spring.  We laugh about it and it is bonding moment.  I am not sure if I saw that as a tradition, but it really is a tradition for our family.  The book opened me up to thinking of different activities to do with my kids. It also opened up conversations with my kids to reflect on what traditions were important to them.  I was surprised at their answers, thrilled we had good memories, and encouraged to make more after reading.  

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