Book Review: The Happiest Mom, by Meagan Francis

In Meagan Francis’ new book The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets to Enjoying Motherhood, the author writes:

I know you’re most likely crazy busy, and the last thing you need is one more looming obligation on your to-do list. (“Be happy? Sure, I’ll get to that as soon as my cupboards are organized.”) My hope is that The Happiest Mom will inspire you to try a few ideas that will streamline and de-stress your life.

It’s true that many books in the parenting/self-help genre leave you feeling like you simply must revolutionize your life in order to succeed. It’s enough to leave one exhausted and apprehensive before any real changes begin. But The Happiest Mom is just what Francis hoped for: a thoughtful, encouraging discussion of ways you can change how you think and feel, and in turn, change the way you live and look at motherhood.

the happiest mom meagan francisI admit, some of the advice in The Happiest Mom seems at odds with itself – for instance, one chapter counsels “Go with the Flow,” while another says “Have a Plan” – but really, it’s about the reader finding a personal balance between the two. Francis works to show how each theory looks in practice, and how the reader can try each on for size and make a custom fit for their family.

Other chapters remind readers of familiar advice – “Trust Your Gut” and “Look Out for #1” – in a lighthearted, entertaining way. Chapter quizzes accompany “Mom to Mom” snippets gathered by Parenting magazine and make for a well-rounded reading experience.

Francis also uncovers connections in “Make Your Bed” (about chores, clutter, and general harmony in housekeeping) and “Love Your Love Life” (about…well…you know) that may not be immediately apparent to a mother’s happiness, but definitely contribute to overall well-being.

My favorite part of the book is the chapter “Keep It Real,” which gives great inspiration for not only branching out and discovering new fun with your kids, but also learning to appreciate what we bring of our personalities to motherhood, and what motherhood brings to each of us as people.

Finally, just a few more things to love about this book: the fabulous, soft cover design of the book, the complimentary 1-year subscription to Parenting Early Years, and the adorable illustrations:

illustration from The Happiest Mom by Meagan Francis

from The Happiest Mom by Meagan Francis, published by Weldon Owen, April 2011

For more information about Meagan Francis and The Happiest Mom:

*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are honest and my own. And you should probably know, I know Meagan Francis personally, consider her a friend, and can tell you she is just as awesome a person as she is a writer. Total class act!

*original post included a giveaway of the book

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  • Jennifer Snider

    I absolutely love holding my daughter (right before I lay her down for the night). She always sucks her thumb while laying her head on my shoulder. I love how she fits perfectly in my arms!

    I thank God everyday that I get to be her momma!

    Thanks for doing the give-a-way! 🙂

  • Irishgal99

    I love the way she helps me slow down and really enjoy the small moments in life. Truly magical!

  • LibraryLisa

    My favorite part of being Rebecca’s mom is when she asks me to snuggle her after we read at night. She’s 11 and still wants to snuggle. That will be gone soon and I am grateful to be blessed with a tween who still wants me as part of her bedtime ritual.

  • Jamee Shipp

    I love the laughter. I love hearing my kids laugh and they constantly make me laugh.

  • deborah

    I love taking my kids places like the zoo or waterpark and love hugs and cuddles!

  • Jamie

    I love reading to my kids. Reading time = cuddle time!

  • Anonymous

    I have been wanting to read this ever since you mentioned her on the plane and I went to her blog and checked it out. It sounds like she’s saying EXACTLY what I’m trying to say, except not quite as overtly. Also I don’t call it being a happy mom, because to me happiness is fleeting and circumstantial, but I think the underlying message is the same.

  • Lucy

    I’ve heard quite a bit about this book and hope to read it soon! What I enjoy most about motherhood is watching my children get older and turn into *real* people – they’re all so different, even with the same parents! They’re so funny!

  • Debbie

    I love it when my kids finally understand something I’ve been trying to teach them and just “get it”. They are so happy and love it when we heap praise on them.

  • Abby

    I have always thought of myself as the “Happy Girl” Martina McBride sings about, but since I read an a synopsis of Happiest Mom, I have contemplating if my attitude toward my children is happy, because my children do make me happy. I love that most of the time, my children are happy and funny and outgoing and overwhelming.

  • mrsshukra

    Love the unexpected things that happen everyday!

  • Miranda Ward

    Whatching my kids Grow!

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  • Christine W

    I love watching the daily changes and what new thing that they did or said that day.

  • Christine W

    I subscribe to Tree, Root, and Twig via email.

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  • theyyyguy

    I love watching imagination soar!

  • Summer

    I love all of the funny things my children say and I love how sweet and affectionate they are. It makes my day when they give me kisses and hugs out of the blue.

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  • Summer

    I subscribe to emails.

  • Anonymous

    i enjoy having the chance to teach them everything i know

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