From Chicken Soup for the Mother of Preschooler's Soul


Dear Mom of Preschoolers,

Back when my now-grown children were teensy, I learned a wonderful lesson in mothering: Celebrate the good moments. The thrown-together supper that they christened “the best meal in the world!” My automatic “sure” when they begged for ice cream mid-errands. My decision to pause for lap-reading in spite of endless, seemingly important tasks demanding my attention.

But, hey, I’ve had my fair share of less-than-perfect mommy moments.

“No more uppies! Mommy’s tired,” I’ve sighed.

“How come nobody ever gives Mommy kisses anymore?” I’ve whined.

“Go play by yourself. Mommy’s too busy right now,” I’ve grouched.

At MOPS International, we often say a mother of preschoolers is like a cardboard juice box—with umpteen straws stuck inside. Her little ones gulp and gulp until she feels sucked dry.

The task of mothering well is possible when we mother strategically. When we invest in ourselves as moms, we’re more capable of investing in our children. The book in your hands, Chicken Soup for the Mother of Preschooler’s Soul, will nourish you with its stories of challenge, humor and hope. As you read, you’ll applaud the good mommy moments and gain perspective from those less-than-perfect examples.

Today makes a difference tomorrow. Mothering preschoolers is a short interlude on the parenting calendar, but it’s full of countless opportunities. Let’s celebrate them together!

Elisa Morgan
President and CEO
MOPS International

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