Because Your Mommy Loves You (Giveaway)

April 30, 2012 by  
Filed under books, children, giveaways

I’ve read a lot of “Mommy Loves You” type books in the past 10 years since first having kids. Most of them have been very loving,  filled with beautiful sentiments. So when I heard about “Because Your Mommy Loves You” ($11.55) by Andrew Clements I figured it would be very similar. Boy, was I wrong!

In this sweet companion book to Because Your Daddy Loves You, a little boy and his mom go on a hiking trip and camp out under the stars. Mommy is as calm and reassuring, but also goes far to foster her son’s independence in an encouraging and loving way. As heartwarming as its predecessor, this read-aloud book is sure to become a family favorite.

This book is so different from any that I’ve read before. When something goes wrong, instead of coddling to her son this Mom takes the opportunity to teach him some independence and common sense.

For example, when they were setting up their tent the son was having trouble getting his side up. The mom could have stepped in and do it for him but instead she showed him the directions again and encouraged him to go step-by-step until he got it right. In the end, he learned how to put up the tent properly and gained confidence as well.

What I really liked about this book is that it’s very realistic. I’m the kind of mom who has always encouraged her girls to do things for themselves from a very young age. Some of my friends have made negative comments about it but I don’t care. My daughters are more independent than some other much older kids that I know. Of course, I’m always there if they need help or advice but in the end it’s pretty much up to them to get things done.

“Because Your Mommy Loves  You” is a beautifully written book and the illustrations by R.W. Alley really help to tell the story. We like the watercolor drawings and the very expressive faces of the characters. I also like how some of the illustrations are divided into sections to help convey the story better.

So if you’d like a different look at a Mother-child relationship, check out “Because Your Mommy Loves You”. It’s a breath of fresh air.

About the author:
Andrew Clements is the author of many best-selling books, among them the middle grade novel Frindle. He lives in Westborough, Massachusetts, and can be found at

About the illustrator:
R. W. Alley is the illustrator of many beloved picture books, including the Paddington Bear series. He lives in Barrington, Rhode Island. Visit him at

Purchase your copy of Because Your Mommy Loves You at for $11.55.

This post was written for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade who provided the complimentary copy for review and giveaway.


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About the Author: Kailani:
Owner of An Island Life. A flight attendant and mother to 3 beautiful girls. . . living a blessed life in Hawaii.
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51 Responses to “Because Your Mommy Loves You (Giveaway)”
  1. 1
    lisa kay says:

    I did that by having them choose their clothes in the morning at an early very interesting and fun

  2. 2
    Seyma Shabbir says:

    Let them make certain decisions themselves, but also how to resolve problems. One toy and both sons want it, let my older decide. He always shares!

  3. 3
    sandra says:

    we try to have them try things on their own before we help them

  4. 4
    Jenny says:

    I let them make some decisions on their own and have them try to do things before I help them.

  5. 5
    Pauline M says:

    I let them try to resolve their own issues, I think it made my son the class clown because he will always use humor!

  6. 6
    jen says:

    My son likes to pick out his own clothes and get dressed all by himself…if he has troubles he’ll let me know that he needs me.

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    Sharon Schoepe says:

    I have them try to do things themselves before I will help them. I also give them chores, making their beds, setting the table etc and when they do things differently than I would do I don’t go back and correct them. That gives them a sense of pride and an I can do it attitude.

  8. 8

    I like to let me kids do it themselves first…then if they need help, I will help them.

  9. 9
    Kathy Stevenson says:

    I use a lot of encouragement and positive reinforcement when they try to do things independently.

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    Lorayne Gothard says:

    I dont stop them from doing what they want for themselves even if it becomes a mess or takes longer. It is important for them!!

  11. 11
    Addison Kat says:

    I’m their biggest cheerleader. I let them try to do things on their own and encourage them all the time!

  12. 12
    karenladd says:

    I have found that the best way to encourage independence in children is to make them see themselves as capable beings who can come up with their own solutions to problems. I try to be a source of information and support as they talk through and discard various ways to handle an issue. Rather than telling them how to solve a problem, it helps to ask questions such as, “what do you think would happen if?, or if this doesn’t work, then what?”

  13. 13
    Vickie Couturier says:

    I allow them to try first if its something I think they can do before I step in to do it

  14. 14
    Kathy S says:

    I involve them in decision making.

  15. 15
    Kelly L says:

    I let me daughter pick her own clothes and include her in everything.

  16. 16
    Jennifer T. says:

    I try to give my daughter tasks that she can do alone and challenge her a bit to do things that she might be a bit uncomfortable doing.

  17. 17
    felecia says:

    I let them try to do it themselves first before I step in.

  18. 18
    ColleenMarie82 says:

    By telling them they can do something even when they don’t want to .

  19. 19
    Stephanie says:

    i encourage them!

  20. 20
    mframe says:

    I try to get them to at least try something before they can say they can’t do it

  21. 21
    Marci says:

    We allow them to make decisions and follow through with any consequences.

  22. 22
    Kelly D says:

    I try to let them do something new by themselves for the first time… but I am usually not far behind :)

  23. 23
    Susan Smith says:

    I encourage my children to try new things

  24. 24
    McKim says:

    I try to let them make their own decisions.

  25. 25
    Candice Hull says:

    I let them fall down, a lot. I always keep a close eye on them, and keep them from getting seriously hurt, but sometimes you have to let them figure things out for themselves. We also teach them to stand up for what’s right and to never ever lie. Thank you!

  26. 26

    I encourage my children to help with chores!

  27. 27
    Lentil says:

    I don’t assume she’s going to be intimidated by things. I think she reacts to my confidence in her with confidence of her own.

  28. 28
    Kristie says:

    They are 4 and 5 and I try to have them poor their own drinks, dress themselves, etc. They feel good when they can do those things on their own :-)

  29. 29
    susan varney says:

    i encourage them to believe in themselves and always think before they leap

  30. 30
    tamar says:

    I’ve been VERY lucky to work from home since my son was born. But I’m a crazy worker (even though I do prioritize my son, I would say I am more career focused). That gave me the opportunity early on to get my son to do things when I was busy on calls, etc. We surely enjoy playtime together, but I also have given him stimulation via toys, TV, our iPad (which he uses much more than me), and other things. He is actually quite good at being independent just like mommy. He sits next to me while I work and plays on the iPad. It’s cute.

  31. 31
    Karen Gonyea says:

    They are given daily chores and responsibilities :)

  32. 32
    C.P. says:

    I encourage independence in my children by letting them attempt tasks by themselves as often as possible. I wait for them to ask for help and even then I intervene as little as possible.

  33. 33
    sarah t says:

    i let my son pick out his own clothes in the morning

  34. 34
    Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    give them small task they can conquer
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  35. 35

    I let pick their own clothes

  36. 36
    Denise M says:

    I let her make choices in clothes, tv, play time

  37. 37
    Allison says:

    My son has special needs and I try to teach him everyday that he is more alike everyone else then different.

  38. 38
    Ed Nemmers says:

    We listen and love!

  39. 39

    I encourage independence by giving my daughter small tasks to do.

  40. 40
    Jennifer M. says:

    By giving my toddler options and letting him choose

  41. 41
    Erica G says:

    I encourage independence in my daughter by letting her make her own decisions.
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  42. 42
    Erin Cook says:

    I Have them pick out their clothes and supervise them making breakfast

  43. 43
    Brenda Robinson says:

    I let them pick out what they wear to school. If it’s too outlandish, I make suggestions

  44. 44
    Lisa L says:

    My son has a esponsibility chart so that makes him feel grown up and confident that he can do things himself

  45. 45
    casey hart says:

    i let them do what i think they can do if they think they are big enough to go on a big slide without help i let them try ( of course i am right there if they need me ) : )

  46. 46
    paige jagan says:

    I am struggling with this one, but i have started letting my 7 year old go to his friends house down the street with a cell phone

  47. 47
    Rochel S says:

    My son just wants to do everything on his own! Sometimes too much lol. I always give him small tasks that i know he could do.

  48. 48
    Jessica Hays says:

    I encourage her to read books and draw by herself!

    jessicaahays at hotmail dot com

  49. 49
    AEKZ2 says:

    I let them know how proud I am of them when the do things independently. Praise encourages them.

  50. 50
    Brenda Elsner says:

    I encourage my kids by letting them try to do things themselves before I help them. I give them lots of praise when they do something all by themselves.

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