101 Ways to Say Thanks to Your Mom
Multi-platinum selling country music star Jo Dee Messina coauthors this
entertaining, heartwarming Chicken Soup for the Soul collection
COS COB, Conn. – When was the last time you thanked your mom for all her hard work? And do you
sometimes wonder if your own parenting efforts are making a difference? Jo Dee Messina knows exactly
what that’s like: “We women tend to be self-deprecating. We wonder if we are ‘enough.’” In fact, the
lyrics to Jo Dee’s song, “Me,” which talks about how mothers sometimes wonder if they are “enough,”
are included in the book, along with a link to a performance of the song by Jo Dee.
Mothers need to know they are appreciated, that they make a difference, and that their children view them
as role models. And that’s just what this collection of entertaining, heartwarming stories accomplishes.
It’s a gigantic “Thank You” to mothers of all ages, and a confidence booster for moms who are still in the
trenches raising their kids. Whether you’re 16 or 60, this is a great way to let your mother, your
stepmother, your mother-in-law, and any other mom in your life know that she did a great job and that
you love her. She’ll laugh out loud, she’ll nod her head in recognition, and she may even tear up a few
times as she reads the 101 personal stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks to My Mom (Chicken
Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC; Amy Newmark and Jo Dee Messina; March 17, 2015, 978-1-
Jo Dee Messina tells a story about her biggest, most supportive fan—her mom. From her first day of
kindergarten to her first national tour to her new role as a working mother, Jo Dee’s mom has always been
there for her, saying, “Remember, there is a string that goes between your heart and mine. Even when
you think you’re far away. Our hearts are joined together, always.”
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks to My Mom shares stories about every aspect of motherhood. You’ll
chuckle over moms who make waves, like the one who wheedles her way onto a secured Navy airbase
just to deliver cookies to her son. You’ll laugh about moms getting into the kind of trouble their kids used
to get into, like the one who snuck into a tattoo parlor to see if they could remove the Sharpie cat whiskers
on her face. And you’ll be impressed by the moms whose lessons about integrity, fair play, respect and
compassion are still guiding their grown children’s lives. What will strike you the most is the lasting
impact that mothers have on their kids, proving that all that hard work does indeed pay off!
Jo Dee Messina is currently out on the road in support of her latest album ME, which is being dubbed her
best album to date, combining 12 tracks of up-tempo songs and heartfelt tunes. ME showcases the journey
Messina has been on since parting ways with her record label in 2012 and breaking out with her own
Dreambound Records. Known for her electrifying live performances and powerhouse vocals, it comes as
no surprise that Messina’s ever-growing devoted fan base across the country continues to surpass
expectations with their support. Messina’s latest single, “He’s Messed Up,” is a rock-infused track written
by Messina and Alyssa Bonagura that features back-up vocals by the fans who helped make Messina’s
new music happen as Kickstarter backers, including a 14-year-old who took the day off from school to be
a part of the record. The single has gained great momentum at radio and has quickly become a fanfavorite
out on the road. Since breaking onto the music scene with the hit “Heads Carolina, Tales
California,” Messina has had nine #1 songs, including “I’m Alright,” “Bring On The Rain” (a duet with Tim McGraw), “That’s The Way,” “Bye Bye,” and “My Give A Damn’s Busted,” as well as thirteen Top
20 singles. She has scored three #1 albums, sold more than 5 million albums worldwide and has won
countless awards including the Academy of Country Music’s Top Female Artist of the Year and the
CMA’s prestigious Horizon Award. Jo Dee was the first female country artist to score three multipleweek
#1 songs from the same album.
Chicken Soup for the Soul, the world’s favorite and most recognized storyteller, publishes the famous
Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. With over 100 million books sold to date in the U.S. and Canada
alone, more than 250 titles, and translations into more than 40 languages, “chicken soup for the soul” is
one of the world’s best-known phrases and is regularly referenced in pop culture. Today, 22 years after it
first began sharing happiness, inspiration and wellness through its books, this socially conscious company
continues to publish new titles, but has also evolved beyond the bookstore with super premium pet food, a
line of high quality food to bring people together for healthy meals, and a variety of licensed products and
digital offerings, all inspired by stories. Chicken Soup for the Soul has recently expanded into visual
storytelling through movies and television. Chicken Soup for the Soul is “changing the world one story at
My mom is the best ever. I wish that as a mom, I was more like her. Growing up I don’t remember her ever yelling or seeming impatient. She truly seemed like the perfect mother to me and I still believe this every day.
There have been times that I have been overwhelmed or frustrated as a mom and I have gone to my mom and asked her how she did it with us two girls without ever losing her marbles, being overwhelmed, and so forth. She claims she did feel this way at times, but I can tell you that I never saw it or new she did.
I would do anything for my mom. She is the best there is.
I love that Chicken Soup for the Soul made the Thanks to My Mom book. Moms deserve a book like this published every year. There are so many stories of how great moms are that could be shared.
Here are the categories for the Thanks to My Mom book:
*Great Role Models
*Rising to the Challenge
*Love and Acceptance
*The Best Cheerleaders
*The Wisdom of Mothers
*Mom Was Right
*My Mother the Teacher
*The Other Moms in Our Lives
You can tell by the categories just how great a list of topics that the Thanks to My Mom book covers.
I know Mother’s Day is over, but celebrate your mom, and being a mom yourself by settling in with a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks to My Mom. You can find Thanks to My Mom in your local bookstore or online at Amazon Canada and Amazon USA.
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