I think we all know that being a mom isn't easy. It has its ups, it has its downs, and it has its OMG I need Excedrin Migraine and a nap days...
I had my daughter when I was 19, so it was especially difficult for me to find my rhythm as a mom...and some 14 years later, it still hasn't gotten any easier.
I worry about my daughter's future. I hope she is on the path to a happy life. I fret that I might not be giving her everything she needs to become a well-rounded person. I do things right. And sometimes, I make mistakes. I walk a fine line between encouraging her independence and not being hands-on enough. I have patience when she makes mistakes. And each and every day, I tell her that I love her.
Being a mother is one of the best things that ever happened to me. I didn't plan on having children, and sometimes I realize just how lucky I am that I received that surprise as such a young age. 14 years later, I can't imagine my life without Angeline in it.
I try to find joy in each day, whether it be just realizing how lucky I am that I am able to be here to take my daughter to the bus stop each morning and pick her up in the afternoon, savoring that "Good night, mom, I love you" that I get each night before Angeline goes to bed, or bigger things, like fun family trips. When I am having one of those stressful parenting days, like when Angeline is begging me to have a Twitter account and I refuse because of all of the pervs online, or when she brings home a C on her report card, or is so disrespectful that we ground her for a week...I try to remember that the moment is fleeting, and in a few years, she will be off to college and starting her own life.
I try not to worry too much about the stressful stuff, because this whole motherhood thing? It's fleeting.
When I received a copy of Don't Sweat The Small Stuff For Moms last week, I sat down and gave it a good read. I think that this is one of those books that I will read again and again, whenever I need a little encouragement or guidance. I love that the chapters are short, and are designed in a way that you can pick up the book and read a chapter or two without worrying about losing your place or being confused - each chapter is a new message, a new lesson, and a little chunk of wisdom that is awesome all on its own!
Some of my favorite chapters were...
When Kids Make Mistakes - Instead of seeing your child's mistakes as a reflection of you, realize that they need to make their own mistakes in order to learn from them!
Slow Down and Wake Up to Your Life - We all need to make time in our lives for fun and relaxation...when your children grow up, they aren't going to fondly remember all of those endless scheduled activities after school, they will remember the fun things...like afternoons spent in the park, or Saturdays on the beach!
When Teens Want to Party - Keep it fun, keep it dry, and keep it legal. Seriously, with Angeline entering high school in the fall, I am already worried about this!
So what exactly is the book about?
In the first new Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff book in nine years, Kristine Carlson shows how moms can live with less stress and more happiness. Kristine Carlson gives mothers tried-and-true advice that will empower them to find greater peace, joy, and harmony within themselves and their homes. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Moms reveals how to: be a mom (not a friend), balance being a woman and a mom, pursue your passion (but not at the expense of your children, and reclaim your family time.
I really enjoyed Don't Sweat The Small Stuff for Moms and I think that you will too! You can even read the Free 1st Chapter! You can sign up to get the 1st chapter of Don't Sweat the Small Stuff for Moms free and you can also purchase the book online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble!
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