Mothering from Scratch

Finding the Best Parenting Style for You and Your Family

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Find Your Own Mothering Style

Trying to follow someone else's rules for mothering can take the joy out of being a parent. But Mothering From Scratch shows you how to develop your own style that helps you be the best mom for your kids.

Full of solid biblical truth, this book will help you
· explore your personality and examine your strengths and weaknesses in order to find what works for you
· tap into the resources surrounding you and get mentoring and support from other moms
· push past the fear of change or doing it wrong and allow room for grace in your mothering

Melinda Means and Kathy Helgemo provide a flexible, customizable approach to help you discover your optimal parenting style.


Melinda and Kathy have put together this resource to help you both identify and embrace your own personal mothering style. It's practical, refreshing, and a message every mom needs to hear!

Jill Savage, founder and CEO of Hearts at Home, author of nine books, including No More Perfect Moms

I would have benefited from a book like this so many years ago.

om the foreword by Suzanne (Suzie) Eller, speaker and author, The Mom I Want to Be

Motherhood is hard no matter what way you slice it! I love the heart Kathy and Melinda have to encourage and equip mothers to do it well!

Jennifer Maggio, chief executive officer of The Life of a Single Mom Ministries and award-winning author

Authors Melinda Means and Kathy Helgemo are relatable, practical, and compassionate. Feed your heart, mind, and soul with the wisdom found in Mothering From Scratch.

Lori Wildenberg, co-author of three parenting books, including Raising Little Kids with Big Love and Raising Big Kids with Supernatural Love

Instead of living frustrated from always falling short, Melinda and Kathy free us into the power of mothering as our truest, God-created self.

Amy Carroll, Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker and author

Mothering From Scratch helps moms enjoy the journey of their own personal recipe for parenting and find freedom in knowing that there are no cookie-cutter families--so there are no cookie-cutter solutions--and that's okay.

Stephanie Shott, founder of M.O.M. Initiative

Melinda and Kathy give moms permission to experiment in freedom from the fear of doing it wrong in order to create a unique parenting recipe for success. This book is a must-have for every mother.

Heather R. Riggleman, blogger, speaker, mom, and author of Mama Needs a Time-Out

Mothering From Scratch offers strategies and stirring questions to help busy moms fully enjoy all that God has for them.

Gayle Wright, ministry outreach lead, MOPS International, Inc.

This book comes alongside like a mentor chef, whispering, 'Give it another stir,' 'Let that lesson bake awhile,' and 'It's okay to begin again from scratch.'

Laurie Wallin, life coach and author, Get Your Joy Back: Banishing Resentment and Reclaiming Confidence in Your Special Needs Family

Mothering From Scratch provides each one of us buried deep within those trenches of motherhood with the inspiring and freeing realization that we're not alone. A must-read!

Jenny Lee Sulpizio, author of Confessions of a Wonder Woman Wannabe and For the Love of God

Kathy and Melinda have a gift of encouragement and authentic transparency that will speak to any mom's heart. Mothering From Scratch is food for a mother's soul.

Joanne Kraft, author of The Mean Mom's Guide to Raising Great Kids and Just Too Busy: Taking Your Family on a Radical Sabbatical

It's not just a feel-good book, it's a catalyst to letting God heal those wounded places in us so we can be the best moms to our children.

Carey Scott, speaker, author, and life coach,

Like good mentors, both authors are vulnerable and transparent regarding their own failures and imperfections.

Janet Thompson, speaker and author of seventeen books, including the Woman to Woman Mentoring resources and Dear God, They Say It's Cancer,

I loved reading a fresh, honest perspective on mothering while receiving encouragement, new ideas, and reassurance that I was the best person to mother my kids.

Michelle Myers, wife, mom of four, blogger, and MOPS coordinator,

The Authors

  1. Melinda Means
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    Melinda Means

    Melinda Means is a writer, speaker, and mom blogger at Mothering From Scratch (, as well as women's ministry director at First Alliance Church in Port Charlotte, Florida. She has been a freelance writer since her daughter was an...

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  2. Kathy Helgemo
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    Kathy Helgemo

    Kathy Helgemo started out as an English teacher after graduating from Florida State University, moved through various other jobs, and landed in her current one as a freelance writer from home. She blogs with Melinda at Her blog...

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