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Days of Whine and Noses: Pep Talks for Tuckered-Out Moms

ISBN: 978-0-7879-6881-6
192 pages
February 2004, Jossey-Bass
Days of Whine and Noses: Pep Talks for Tuckered-Out Moms (0787968811) cover image
With wit and candor, popular Christian Parenting Today columnist Lisa Espinoza Johnson shows how your ordinary moments of mothering little ones can teach extraordinary life lessons. Each of the book’s bite-size chapters contains hilarious personal stories and observations about the everyday experiences of motherhood—breastfeeding, teething, potty training, birthday parties, family pets, household chores—that culminate in unexpected insights. Amidst the dailiness of mothering, Johnson finds deep and profound meaning. Her words will guide and sustain you while you are fulfilling the most significant role of your life.
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Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

On First-Time Parents.

On Potty Training.

On Binkies.

On Moms and Fashion Statements.

On Little Surprises.

On Teething.

On Sleep Deprivation.

On Oozing Poop.

On La Décor des Bébés.

On Buying Time.

On Colic.

On Sex After Kids.

On Perpetual Messes.

On Bathroom Matters.

On Labor Discomfort.

On Family Vehicles.

On Mommy Talk.

On Runny Noses.

On Owies.

On Grocery Shopping with a Toddler.

On Kids and Anatomy.

On Road Trips with Kids.

On Family Pets.

On Laundry.

On Nursing.

On Public Humiliation.

On Dog Food and Empty Boxes.

On Postpartum Changes.

On Picture Day.

On Flying with Babies.

References.

About the Author.

Get Connected.

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Lisa Espinoza Johnson, "Mom’s Journal" columnist for Christian Parenting Today, is a popular speaker and singer at Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) conferences as well as retreats and women’s events nationwide. She has contributed columns to Momsense and American Baby magazines. Her Web site is candykissesmuddyhugs.com.
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“I laughed out loud. Lisa’s antics and honest confessions offer perspective and hope for every mom!”
—Elisa Morgan, president and CEO, MOPS International

“While the book is addressed to moms, I, Gary, promise you that dads will find it an invaluable tool to help them understand their kids and appreciate their wives. Do yourself and your kids a big favor and read this book.”
—Dr. Gary and Carrie Oliver, coauthors, Raising Sons...and Loving It!

“[This book] help[s] moms honor their own personhood, find comfort in their lost moments, and exult in their glorious roles as keepers of life’s most precious gifts, our children—even when they’re slathered in diarrhea!”
—Charlene Ann Baumbich, author, speaker, humorist

“Lisa will have you snorting with laughter, clapping your legs together in a mad attempt to control postpregnancy issues, and identifying with her real life confessions of motherhood, children, and sanity.”
—Julie Ann Barnhill, national speaker and best-selling author, She 217;s Gonna Blow and ‘Til Debt Do Us Part

“Grab a cup of coffee and steal a moment to hang out with Lisa. You’ll be so glad you did.”
—Carla Barnhill, editor, Christian Parenting Today

“An uplifting ray of sunshine to brighten any mother’s day. Where’s the sequel?”
—Michele Borba, author, Building Moral Intelligence and No More Misbehavin’

“Lisa Espinoza Johnson has facilitated a sort of ‘sisterhood of motherhood’ for readers by capturing familiar scenarios from these priceless years.”
—Irene Dunlap, coauthor, Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul, Chicken Soup for the Soul Christmas Treasury for Kids

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