Reviewed by Melissa Lockcuff
A Mom's Ultimate Book of Lists
by Michelle LaRowe
"Filled with not only lists to help organize and map out days and events, it also has instructional lists, as well. It’s meant to take all of the lists a mom might have scattered around and combine them into one place..."
A Mom’s Ultimate
Book of Lists by Michelle LaRowe, is a resource
book that many women might find useful or helpful as a sort of guide to
their everyday lives. Filled with not only lists to help organize and map
out days and events, it also has instructional lists, as well. It’s
meant to take all of the lists a mom might have scattered around and combine
them into one place, one book that she can easily pick up and look at when
needed. It’s meant to save time for the busy, harried mom, who might
not have time to search all over for what she needs to know.
The following is just a glimpse of what this book contains:
· Lists for Preparing for Baby
· Lists for the First Year
· Lists for the Toddler Years
· Lists for the Preschool Years
· Lists for Family and Friends
· Lists for General Health and Safety
· Lists for Saving Your Time, Money, and Sanity
Especially for a first-time mom, this book could come in quite handy, as the author seeks to point out things that worry or concern mothers. There are lists for when to call the pediatrician, books to read while waiting for baby to come, tips on breastfeeding, etc. She includes lists for everyday situations, but she also includes lists of things for moms and their children to do. There are lists and lists of resources that moms and their children might enjoy, such as books, music, movies, places to go, etc. Parts of the book also contain health info and time-saving tips for moms, even including recipes to help a mom get through her week. They include everything from sizing charts, dosage charts for common children’s medications, vaccination schedules, etc.
Michelle also includes lists that contain tips for coping with life, in general. From teaching children how to deal with bullies to dealing with “sibling rivalry,” she has covered the bases on motherhood. Personally, I appreciated the list, A Dozen Tips for Teaching Acceptance of All without Compromising Your Family Values and Beliefs. With Scripture and a word from Josh McDowell, she emphasizes the difference between love and tolerance. At first glance, I thought this book would contain only organizational techniques and ways to organize a mom’s life, but it also contains many spiritual helps and lists with Scripture to reinforce the principles. This part of the book gives it an edge and a view of life from a spiritual standpoint.
This book is very helpful for the new or inexperienced mother, or those struggling to balance the load that mothers carry. Some of it was slightly common sense for me, but it’s a resource that I would probably pick up if I needed to know about a certain subject, as it’s versatile and easily read. In light of that, I do recommend this book for mothers everywhere.