Upside-Down Mommy

How a Caterpillar Transformed One Mommy's Breakdown into Breakthrough

Non-Fiction - Parenting
222 Pages
Reviewed on 04/28/2013
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Author Biography

As a Transformational Speaker, Bestselling Author, and Message Coach, Amanda Johnson helps aspiring and struggling speakers, authors, coaches…and now parents…change their lives and their world with powerful messages.

After years of engaging, clarifying, and helping others develop powerful messages (as a Student, a Teacher, and a Master Writing Coach), Amanda uncovered her own. The decision to share it with the world launched her on a journey of personal and professional transformation that quickly made her limited life unrecognizable.

Realizing how powerful a Message can be – not only for the audience, but for the Messenger – Amanda integrated everything she had learned from some of the world’s most outstanding educators, powerful transformational coaches, and heart-centered business experts, and grew a transformational business by 250% in just 18 months.

Today, she helps others clarify their core message, uncover their brand to make it memorable, and share it with readers and audiences in a way that facilitates real internal change and obvious results in their lives.

Once clients have experienced the support needed to move through the life-changing process of writing a transformational book, Amanda’s team makes it easy to create a product (the book!) and everything required (consistently branded marketing materials – i.e. logo, website, biz cards, speaker sheet, etc.) to launch a message-driven business that will change lives.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Patricia Allsopp for Readers' Favorite

"Upside Down Mommy" is more than a book about a mom trying to raise her child. It is about a mother struggling with herself and her own doubts. After having a meltdown and fearing she has forever scarred her son, Amanda Johnson reevaluates her parenting by reflecting on how her actions teach her son. Throughout the book we find the metamorphosis of a caterpillar to a butterfly, both literally and figuratively. As Amanda and her son watch the little eggs they are taking care of grow and change from small egg to hungry caterpillar to beautiful butterfly. She contrasts each stage of this process to how her son grows and how she teaches him. In the end she realizes it is her job to nurture him to be whoever he is meant to be. She not only finds out who he is during this process, but she finds herself too.

I can relate to Amanda Johnson as a parent. I am trying to raise my children to be themselves no matter who that is. Instead of attempting to change them, Amanda explains how we need to get out of their way and allow them to be who they are. Our job as a parent is not to mould because that moulding has already been done. We are only to help our children fill the mould and Amanda explains that so well. I did not relate to everything in the book, but found her approach to parenting her son refreshing and her transformation of herself along the way to be hopeful. She made me think about what kind of legacy I want to leave for my children.