If there’s one thing I’ve learned about parenthood, it’s that being a mom (parent) is hard. I also find that as a mom, I spend way too much time focusing on the minute aspects of our life instead of the bigger picture. Because of this, I was excited to have the chance to review a copy of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Moms by Kristine Carlson. Continuing the Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff legacy of her late husband, Richard Carlson, her newest book spreads the Small Stuff philosophy to moms as well!
I’ve talked with so many mom friends recently about reclaiming our individuality and personal time as people. That life balance can be so difficult to create. Whether it’s spending quality time with your husband or enjoying a night out with friends, we have to have an identity outside of our children so that we can be better moms.
I am a social person and I love connecting with other moms! Whether it’s a playdate during the day or a night out enjoying dinner or a movie, I love the camaraderie that comes with joining this crew called mommyhood. We can laugh about our kids, talk about our hopes and dreams, and even share our frustrations at this daily job. I’m finding out more and more just how important it is to set our own pace and enjoy who we are both as women and moms!
My other favorite mommy de-stressor is C-O-F-F-E-E! Hot, cold, iced, frozen, I love it! A little cream, a little sugar, that little (sometimes big!) cup of goodness is the perfect peaceful moment before the chaos of the day! I also occasionally end with a cup of coffee as we all wind down for bed. Even that five minutes, while I catch up on emails while enjoying a cup can create less stress for me and prepare me for the day.
If you have a chance, I encourage you to check out this book. With simple, quick chapters, as you find time throughout your day and weeks, you can learn some tips about how to enjoy our loved ones more without tearing our own hair out! Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Moms aims to help moms:
~Be a Mom, not a friend
~Balance Being a Woman and a Mom
~Pursue Passion, but not at the expense of our kids
~Reclaim our family time
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