After the birth of my first child,
I remember receiving a Mother/Babycare Gift basket.
Accompanying a graphic of a Mother encircling her
infant, the company slogan on the contents read "you
and I form a multitude". Those few words and image
spoke powerfully of the profound link between mother
Similarly, "Mommy Magic"
celebrates the magic bond between a mother and her
children. Whether it is the ability to magically
kiss scraped knees "all-better" or to sense
impending danger, in the eyes of a child, Mothers
are a source of wonder. Through poetry, quotations,
real-life stories, and activities, Ms. Manary has
created an inspiring guide to Positive Mothering. It
is the kind of "Owner's Manual" that I wish had
accompanied my children's birth!
"Mommy Magic" is not just a
feel-good tribute to Mothering, however. Life can be
messy, and Ms. Manary had the forethought to address
Mothering's tough times as well. In a particularly
touching chapter, Ms.. Manary explores techniques
for supporting children during times of crisis, such
as natural disasters or death of a loved-one.
What made this book such a gem to
read was its basis in reality. Many parenting books
use scientific studies as their core. "Mommy Magic",
on the other hand, is based upon real-life
experiences of mothers. Who better to celebrate the
joys and trials of Motherhood than one who has lived
it, rather than studied it?
"Mommy Magic" is well written,
full of useful suggestions, touching stories, and
inspiring quotes. Whether you are a seasoned pro, a
new mother or mother-to-be, "Mommy Magic" will be a
welcome, and much used, addition to your parenting
By Adria Manary
Reviewed by Catie Gosselin of WomanLinks.com