Amanda Gates

The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets to Enjoying Motherhood

I’ve followed Meagan Francis for a while, and when she said bloggers could simply email her and get a copy of her new book, I was in!

Now, The Happiest Mom isn’t rocket science. You’re not going to be reading about research or studies or experts that tell you how to be “happier.” It’s really the nuts and bolts kind of stuff: Make time for yourself, help your partner help you, don’t try to be perfect, etc. We all know these things.

HOWEVER, we don’t all remember these things. With the daily grind of picking up, dropping off, making dinner, keeping the house presentable, running errands, finding marriage time, etc., it is SO easy to forget the simplest of things. It’s so easy to get down on ourselves and feel like we’re sinking and that we’re alone and we have no idea what to do.

That’s when, if you have great girlfriends, they swoop in and say, “Nonsense! You’re doing awesome!” Well, that’s how I look at this book. It’s another girlfriend who can tell you that while it can be challenging, motherhood doesn’t have to be so all-consuming and/or negative. By following just a few of her ideas, or even just learning a little more about the type of mother you are (there are some quick, fun quizzes), you can begin to see how motherhood can be really fun (and, more importantly, manageable).

This book will take you maybe an hour or two to read. I know, 'Ha!,' right? What mom has a whole uninterrupted hour?! (I read a chapter a night before bed.) It’s quick, the design is whimsical and fun, and with each chapter you’ll smile or laugh a little. I particularly liked the real-life mom quotes sprinkled throughout the book.

Once you're done with the book, keep up with Meagan at her website, and think of her as another good friend or fellow mom to look up to.


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