The following review was contributed by Paschal Eze
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DIARY OF A MOTHER is every home’s never-say-fail parenting lighthouse! It is a compelling read for not only young mothers in dilemma but also nubile or married ladies who are either enthusiastic or scared of bearing and taking care of today’s Oliver Twist kids.
The book holds that although child-rearing is not easy, with the right frame of mind and the right attitude, it can be a spellbinding live-changing comedy. It illuminates child-rearing as a love defining and extracting process, a quintessential test of maturity, and I make bold to state that many a today’s parent discover in the process that they are trying to give what they don’t have - discipline. And wisdom demands that they allow such discovery to put them on the path of correction and self-control.
Being a mirror that bears a bold and clear image, the book presents itself as a pathfinder atlas of meaningful parenting. The author, Christine Louise Hohlbaum, came clean, indulging in as much self-disclosure as many authors would avoid like the plague. “I was a naďve first-time parent,” she wrote of herself. She also admitted, “I vowed a lot of things that I’ve ended up doing after all.” And in page 33, she made it known that patience is among the qualities she has gained from having kids. Perhaps, those educated marriage-evading and procreation-opposing singles who wear impatience like a garb should not only get married but also increase the population of the world by making their own babies whose upbringing will fetch them patience.
Remarkably, the well-educated author of this book, as she admitted in page 16, had longed to be a mother but unfortunately, no one had told her “parenting would be this hard.”
Thus, to intending mothers, DIARY OF A MOTHER sings the Boys Scout refrain, Be Prepared! I truly cannot imagine a better way to be prepared for the challenges of motherhood than to light one’s candle at the honest account of a loving and dutiful mother who learnt simply and squarely the “hands-on” way. As for nouveau fathers, this book will help them gain a better understanding of what women go through as mothers and wives and as a result, enable them to lend the much-needed right support to their wives and to appreciate them more. Every mother sacrifices a lot to get her children and husband going. Every woman needs her husband’s well-done feast. If anybody has been inhaling the dust of doubt as to the centrality of women in home-building, this book proffers a friendly and highly affordable air-purifier.
Well-written and properly edited, the penchant of the reader is sustained from cover to cover, more so as the 27 chapters are short, engaging and didactic as well as extrapolating. Each of them paints a picture of a resilient display of an appreciable sense of maternal responsibility, offering hope in a decadent world where many have thrown parental values to the winds of modernization. The reader will also see instances of women’s impatience with their husbands, men’s insouciance to duties mainly viewed through the lens of tradition as exclusive preserves of women, the efficacy of Esmerelda Xanadu-type improvisations and the need for couples to find time for themselves, despite the beclouding demands of their beloved kids.