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When making mom friends sometimes the first thing that comes to mind is that “Women are Scary“….I totally agree with the title of this book! I have felt that women are scary for many years! I know that back in middle school I learned how scary girls could be…and those girls became women! Why are women so scary? After reading this book…I have a whole new appreciation for women! I also realize that maybe we aren't as scary…as we are scared!
Melanie Dale has written a home run in my humble opinion. My love for this book may come from the fact that I really needed to read this. My love for this book may come from the fact that Melanie Dale is HILARIOUS! All I know is that I loved this book, “Women are Scary” and I feel like I am a kindred spirit with Melanie Dale! (Melanie…if you are reading this…please friend me on Facebook and let's be real life friends! 🙂 )
I found Melanie's sense of humor to be refreshing and honest. I will tell you that I actually laughed so hard that I shed real tears a few times. One day I was reading the book while my daughter was having her braces put on. Here she is, suffering this very un-fun procedure…while I am sitting in the corner…laughing…laughing…laughing! By the end of the appointment the Dental Hygienist said she was going straight home and downloading the book! 😆
I am going to be really open here. I stink as a close friend….and I don't have very many really close friends anymore. I have allowed my busy life to be more important than finding and maintaining close friendships. The past few years I have really regretted this and have whined to my husband that I need some good friends. He has encouraged me to find some girl friends…but I have been too nervous to really do much about it. Making mom friends can be really scary!
I found the advice in this book to be very straightforward and easy to follow. I was able to take a lot out of this read that I can directly apply to my life. I was also really motivated to get out there and start dating other moms! 🙂
I know that personal insecurities have played a big role in my friendships. I was able to see that this isn't something unique to my situation. Many other moms are having the same insecurities! I have always worried that my house wasn't big enough or nice enough and that I would be “judged” by other women. Melanie quoted Karen Ehman, who talked about the difference between entertaining and hospitality! This was really profound for me…you will have to read the book to see what I am talking about!
I loved how Melanie wants to change the world and how she can see women changing the world for the better through their friendships! I was inspired to not only get some real friendships going, but to also be an instrument of change in the world around me!
If you are worried that Melanie Dale has it all together and comes across as the “perfect” mom or the “perfect” friend…you don't have to be concerned. Melanie Dale is as real as you can get in this book. She is a Christian and she does give some Biblical references. She definitely doesn't preach to you and she doesn't assert herself as an authority…she is just sharing her experiences and what has worked and what hasn't worked for her in the friendship arena!
I would highly recommend this book to any mother that is struggling to find and maintain high quality friendships. If you are one of those lucky people and you have more close friends than you can juggle…then you may not need to read this (unless you need a good laugh). I am guessing that most people would say they are intimidated by the prospect of making mom friends. If that is you…then this book is a must read!
I would love to hear your thoughts about friendship…is it easy for you or not so much?