Bits & Pieces #43

Every now and then through this blog (on Monday’s for MOM’s) I’ll be posting random books from my library that have been guideposts from which I’ve taken ‘bits and pieces’ from to add to my already mothering instincts.  The following books are those that I’ve enjoyed reading and overlooking through the years as my children were growing and reaching their milestones.  As a parent, you want to succeed at accomplishing the best you can with teaching your children to grow into responsible, caring, loving adults, while embellishing on a mother’s love for her children during the good times as well as the tougher times.  I hope you find the words inside these books as guidelines to helping support and nurturing YOUR already mothering instincts!  Happy Reading~

‘Cause my kids, your kids, ALL KIDS ARE WORTH IT! ❤


…because they are children and for no other reason they have dignity and worth simply because they are…  ~Barbara Coloroso


“Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. . . . Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher.  But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings–that doctrine believe and cling to and take it as your guide.  ~BUDDHIST APHORISM

“You have come here to find what you already have.”  ~BUDDHIST APHORISM


“There are no quick fixes, easy answers, or recipes for parenting, but I believe most of us have the tools we need to be good parents if only we could find them.  Our problem is that these tools are often covered over at the bottom of our mental toolboxes.  The tools that come first to hand do not serve us well.  These tools were given to us, often unintentionally and without malice, by our parents, grandparents, siblings, and extended family, as well as by our society.  Often, when a hammer would best serve our needs, we reach into the toolbox and come out with a hatchet without realizing it.  It is no wonder that some of our parenting carpentry is such a mess.”


Mom, what do you need most?

A sanity check.

To know that I’m normal.

To know that I’m a good mother.





Time with my husband.

Time off.

Time alone.

Time with God.


More energy.

A break.

A nap.

A housekeeper.

A secretary.

A nanny.

A dishwasher that loads itself and a vacuum that runs by remote control.

A vacation.

Adult conversation.


A best friend.

Someone to understand how I feel.

To know that being a mother is important.

What Every Mom Needs by Elisa Morgan & Carol Kuykendall


“Read this book 18 years ago, when I first became a mother. I recall that it was entertaining and encouraging, but not practical. Motherhood has no manual, except the Bible, and this type of book should be read with this in mind: your child and your family are unique. Follow God’s Word, do your best, and enjoy each day. My copy’s pages are now yellowing with age. The baby I held while reading it is now grown and gone, but I can’t part with this book. Seeing it on my shelf is comforting. This book offered me hope when I needed it most and a helpful perspective on the task before me.”  ~Valerie Basham 



“Quick read of cute stories that Kathie Lee has shared and experienced with her son, Cody. The stories made me smile knowingly, laugh out loud, and rejoice. Perfect for any mother.”  ~Jessica


“A wonderful woman lived in a shoe.
She had so many children she knew EXACTLY what to do.
She held them, she rocked them, and tucked them in bed.
“I love you, I love you,”  Is what she said.”

By Becky A. Bailey, PH.D.

“I loved this book. I found it amazingly helpful in dealing with young children. I see a total transformation in my children when I do an “I love you ritual” with them. When I sense a tantrum or breakdown approaching, I simply do a ritual and the tense situation is immediately diffused which then allows me to address the issue that was going to cause the meltdown and my children are in a state where they can be taught because they feel loved. Try it. It’s the gospel. It works. I also loved learning how the brain functions in these young ones. Anyone and everyone with young children should read this book.”  ~Leta



Celebrating the Moments that Last Forever!


ROBIN JONES GUNN is the much loved author of over 90 books with more than 5 million copies of her titles sold worldwide. Her Father Christmas books are a Hallmark Original movie. Her popular Christy Miller series now continues in Christy & Todd: The Married Years. Robin’s novels and non-fiction works have received multiple awards and are a favorite with book clubs and study groups. Robin and her husband have a grown son and daughter and live in Hawaii.




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