Friday, July 6, 2012

Mamaholic: Confessions of a Helicopter Parent - A book review

When I read the description for this book, I just knew this book was for me as I too, had dreamed of being a perfect mother. I hoped that it would bring some healing to my own parenting experiences and mistakes. I was delighted by her writing style and captured by her story as I related to her experiences. I loved her honesty and sense of humor. I couldn't put the book down.

This book is the story of Dena Higley's dreams and goals of having it all: a perfect family including 2 adopted children, 2 biological children, 2 cats, the dogs, the handsome husband, the picket fence, and the dream job. She was the driving force keeping everything together.

The author tackles the subject of the pressures of being a perfect mom by likening it to a helicopter. In order to maintain control, she had to hover. Dena realized that she had set herself up for her own failure by this need to control. She shares the details in every area of her life that had to be "in control" all the while contributing more stress to her already stressed out life, which led to her demise: crash and burn.

This is a great read for every mother and grandmother to ease up and back off, take stock, realize their own limits and say no. The hovering helicopter is an image that will stick in the reader's mind as a valuable tool to kick the "performance and control" habit. I highly recommend this book and am definitely going to share it with my mommy group and friends.
About the Author:
Dena Higley, an Emmy award-winning writer, has been the head writer for both One Life to Live and Days of Our Lives as well as a playwright in Glendale, CA. She is a graduate of the USC School of Theatre, where she studied acting under the late John Houseman. She currently resides in La CaƱada Flintridge, CA, with her husband of twenty-five years, Mark. They have four children and one grandchild.

Publisher: Oasis Audio; Unabridged edition (May 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613751311
ISBN-13: 978-1613751312
Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches

Disclaimer:  I received this book from the publisher through BookSneeze®.com. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own

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