Lisa Pennington has nine children. How's that for a resume? I know there is more to being a good mother than quantity, but when someone has chosen to have a large family and is able to write about parenthood in a positive, entertaining, and helpful way, she's worth listening to. Mama Needs a Do-Over: Simple Steps to Turning a Hard Day Around is a fun book that moms will enjoy reading.
Mama Needs a Do-Over isn't really a parenting book, although most of the stories she tells revolve around her life as a mother and home-maker. Pennington home schools her children, but she doesn't talk about home school very much. Mostly she offers encouragement for all of us that when life doesn't quite work out the way we plan it, we can endure much better with joy and fun. She tells silly stories on her family and encourages the reader to think of creative ways to "add joy and humor to an unplanned sidestep that are uniquely you." She writes, "Going through life with a purpose to enjoy yourself right where you are is a beautiful gift."
Nobody's perfect. Pennington doesn't mind getting a laugh out of her imperfections and even writing about them. Mothers (and fathers) will appreciate her transparency, but more than that will appreciate her willingness to share her foibles as a reminder to all of us to relax, take it easy, and laugh a little.
Pennington maintains a website that you might enjoy: http://thepenningtonpoint.com/
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!