Mama Needs a Do-Over: Encouragement for Struggling Moms by Lisa Pennington

When I saw the title of this book, I knew that I needed it. Have you ever had a day you wished you could just do over? Have you ever stood in the midst of a mess, in the middle of arguing kids, in the middle of an dirty house and burned supper and just wished you could back up and try again to do it better? I have. Many times. That’s why I could relate to Mama Needs a Do-Over. (Keep reading after my review, and you’ll have a chance to enter to win your own copy!)

Review of Mama Needs a Do-Over; practical parenting advice

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Author Lisa Pennington is a homeschooling mom of nine. Right away I knew I could trust the wisdom of this book because she comes from the same place I do- except I only have four children, not nine. But if you aren’t a homeschooling mom, don’t stop reading. The wisdom that Lisa shares isn’t just for homeschooling moms. It’s for all moms.

From the book’s description:

Dirty dishes overflow the sink. Your two youngest kids just began their third round of hand-to-hand combat today. And now the washing machine won’t start. Visions of putting a home-cooked meal in the oven while the family plays happily in the living room evaporate amid screaming, complaining, and slammed doors-and that’s not even counting what the children are doing. Lisa Pennington knows what those days are like. And she knows that even in the hard times you can find immense joy. In Mama Needs a Do-Over, Lisa offers hopeful, practical ideas for resetting your family’s mood in the toughest moments. She also dives deep into your mother’s heart to show you the power you have to turn those challenges into gifts. A little fun, a new perspective, and a go-to list for those do-over days, and you might just find joy in all those dirty dishes after all!
Throughout the book, Lisa shares practical advice to help moms reset when things are going badly. She begins with the most important part- the heart of the mom. She reminds us of who we are in Christ. And then she goes in to give practical suggestions for reclaiming a mess of a day.

I love that the book is so practical. At the end of each chapter is a section with “assignments” for that chapter. These are things you can do right in the moment that can help you to get back on the right path.

If you find yourself stuck in a mess and wish you could start over, you’ll love the wisdom and practical advice in Mama Needs a Do-Over. 

You can find out more about Lisa at her blog- The Pennington Point. You can find Mama Needs a Do-Over on Amazon here.

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