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.
I 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:from The Happiest Mom by Meagan Francis, published by Weldon Owen, April 2011
For more information about Meagan Francis and The Happiest Mom:
- Blog: The Happiest Mom blog
- Facebook The Happiest Mom Facebook page
- follow Meagan Francis on Twitter
*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