A few months ago I had the opportunity to review Moms are Scary. It was my first foray into the world of Mom books. It had quirky humour, geeky references, and a lot of uniqueness that resonated with me. So when I had the chance to read Better Together I was curious what other moms were saying and how this book would bring its own voice into the chorus of "momming"
Better Together is a book that holds true to its name. Written by the mother/daughter duo of Jill Savage and Anne Mcclane, these pages are filled with the insight of generations as Jill provides the wisdom of her experiences in partnership with her daughter who is still in the midst of raising her own children alongside the intended reader base.
I was pleasantly surprised at some of the highlights Jill and Anne brought to the forefront of their presentation. Topics such as levels of friendship (not everyone is going to or should be a BFF), differing personalities (and what those differences bring as far as strengths and weaknesses), all the way too being a friend through difficult times and what to do with conflict or dissolution of a friendship.
Their openness and honesty regarding the tough seasons, stepping out of one's comfort zone, and how to walk with grace through the lows of relationship towards the end of the book really help Better Together stand out from other parenting books in general (and I've read a few since my first foray in last year). So few books are willing to wade into that messiness through the venue of a book. I wonder if the authors connections to the blogging community and the ability to dialogue with readers in that format helped them push forward into these necessary discussions.
Indeed, the importance of community is woven into each breathe of this book, laid out plainly on ever page.
As far as personal preference goes, I enjoy a little bit more humour in my parenting reads since life is usually a bit stressful and hectic but Better Together still offers a solid experience for moms young and old.
4 out of 5 stars.