Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Married Mom, Solo Parent by Carol Anne Coroy REVIEW

For married women who feel like single parents.
Bookstore shelves are full of parenting resources for moms who are newly divorced or widowed. But where do moms turn if they feel like a single parent--but they’re not? Whether he is away on business, deployed in the military, or obsessing over a computer game, dad may not be available for a variety of reasons. Moms who parent in this situation still need help and don’t necessarily relate to the advice given in divorce recovery or single parenting resources.
Married Mom, Solo Parent is a common-sense, down-to-earth look at the struggles wives and mothers face when their husband is not actively involved in family life. Writing from her own experience as a married single mom, Carla Anne Coroy will help wives and mothers sort through their questions, such as: Can I do this alone? How do I raise kids to honor their father? How do I give my children a healthy perspective of marriage if they never see one in action? With practical suggestions, anecdotes, and biblical teaching, this book will encourage moms to see their position as a high calling, to find healing for their worries and frustrations, and to tap into God’s strength for help in facing the daily challenge of being a married mom, solo parent.

I really enjoyed Carla Coroy’s book. I feel she has hit the nail on the head with this one. There are plenty of single parent, widowed parents etc… books. But not one book for those parents who are married and feel like they are parenting on their own; this is the first of its kind that I know of. Being a Christian, I was and am very happy that it is Christian based with Biblical and Scriptural guidelines.
This book is great for those who have a spouse that works full time (which is the majority lol) or more; especially in this economy. I know I have personally felt like a single mother at times because my husband does work full time and tries to get as much overtime as possible to make the dollar stretch longer. And when he comes home he is tired and sore from being up so early and being on his feet all day, etc…
For those parents who are stay-at-home mothers or fathers, we are waiting for our spouse to come home every night to help out with the kids and house. For that relief, help, partnership. So when our spouse comes in the door, we’re thinking ‘thank God! Help is here!’ But our spouse is wanting downtime as well so we continue to work as the single parent.
I can only imagine how much harder it is for those parents who have a spouse but they are off working on boats, ships, flying planes, driving trucks or fighting in other countries.   
I feel that this book would help tremendously especially for those parent who deal with their spouse being gone for long periods of time.
This isn't going to necessarily end your feelings of feeling like your a single parent, but it will give you the patience, strength and understanding you probably didn't have before. 
But I also think that it would be great for both parents to read this book, another line of communication, I think. I enjoyed her book, it was easy to read and understand.
I would recommend this book to any and all parents who have ever felt like a single parent; so initially, all parents out there, this is an excellent read…And make sure to have a highlighter lol…

Carla Anne Coroy runs the Married Single Mom blog at www.carlaannecoroy.blogspot.com. She speaks regularly and serves as a staff writer for an online Christian women’s magazine Mentoring Moments for Christian Women. Carla Anne lives in Canada with her husband and four homeschooled children. For more information, visit www.carlaanne.com.
If you would like to buy the book, go to Amazon