Book Review: Tina O’Connor’s “Be That Mom”

bethatmomWhen I first saw the title of Tina O’Connors book, Be That Mom, I giggled. I thought to myself, “I will NEVER be that mom.” I am not a calm or relaxed person by nature (albeit I am generally a happy person). However, as I started reading Be That Mom: Ignite Your Passions, Organize Your Life & Embrace Your Family, I started to think maybe being that mom is possible.

Calgary based author, Tina O’Connor, is a mom of three. She begins the book by sharing her own story, from owning a store while trying to manage motherhood, to the importance of getting out with a newborn, to making the decision to stay home and write. Tina’s life story is not atypical, but the lessons she learned from them are invaluable.

The greatest gift that I took away from this book is the exercise in which you write down goals for your relationship, career, finances, home, etc. You then give yourself a timeline. Keep in mind, these goals were not necessarily big or difficult to achieve, but in writing them down I noticed that when added together, little goals can accomplish big things! It was then that I started to get it – maybe I can be that mom!

Be That Mom also offers useful organizational tips, advice on how to make time for yourself as well as how to get kids to help out around the house (at most any age). And in case that wasn’t reason enough to purchase this book, there are also recipes in it for homemade baby wipes and descriptions of various healthy and natural household and everyday products.

The goal of Be That Mom is for the working mom, stay-at-home-mom, work-at-home-mom – ANY mom to be happy, content and successful in all areas of their lives. The book was  fun-to-read and while I may have initially rolled my eyes when I read the title, after reading the book and implementing many of its tips and suggestions, I now understand how to be that mom.

For more information on where you can purchase Tina O’Connor’s Be That Mom visit

Please note: I was given a copy of Be That Mom by the publisher. And while my opinion might seemed tainted, it’s not. It’s a good book. A useful book. Many moms could use this book. I was just one of them.


Tracy (Redefined)
In addition to being a freelance writer and blogger, Tracy is a virtual assistant specializing in marketing and communication at She is also a devoted mother to an imaginative daughter and wife to her best friend of more than fifteen years. In her spare time she enjoys baking, kayaking, snowshoeing, walking her energetic Australian Shepherd, and cuddling with her perpetually grumpy cat. Depending on the time of day, Tracy's downtime is spent with a good book and hot cup of fair trade coffee or a glass of Canadian red wine.

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  1. a great review, it sounds like a very interesting book for mothers. My children have now all fled the nest and are scattered around the world. I think that I would have enjoyed reading this book in my younger days. It definitely wasn’t easy coping with house, 7 kids, moving every 3 yrs etc etc.

  2. This sounds like a very interesting book and one that reflects some valuable life lessons.I am definitely intryuiged by it now.Thanks for the great review.

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