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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.