Steady Days was written with busy moms in mind--moms looking for practical ideas and inspiration they can apply immediately to benefit their families.
Here are a few reasons why I hope you'll take a look at a copy:
When's the last time you had a chance to curl up with a nearly 300-page parenting tome?
Yet that is often the length of many non-fiction books designed for mothers. I don't know about you, but when I'm looking for information I want to be inspired and I also want bullet points. I don't want the same message repeated three or four times throughout one book.
So I wrote a book for busy mothers to read. That's also why I divided the content into 40 short (think 5-minute) chapters.
Moms who want to steam through cover-to-cover can easily do that, but others can pick it up for just a few moments and still come away with a thought to ponder throughout their day.
2. It's practical.
Throughout my parenting career, I can remember reading a few really inspiring titles, only to close the cover and think, "Yes, but how do I DO it?! Tell me what I can do!" (Insert desperate Jamie mom-tantrum here.)
Now Steady Days doesn't tell you what to do--far from it. But it is filled with both the philosophical (the whys) as well as the practical (the hows).
Things like: How do I fill up an entire day at home with my kids? What types of activities would be fun for a preschooler? What do I do with all this paper clutter that has invaded my home? And so on.
Information you can gather and put to use as soon as you turn the page.
3. It's written by a mom in the trenches, just like you.
Have you noticed that our lives have been invaded by experts? There are parenting experts, health experts, educational experts, and nutrition experts.
Now I have nothing against experts, and I'm grateful that we have access to such advice if we need it. But when our world is so oversaturated with expert opinions, it can make us feel nervous or paralyzed to act without them. Or heavens forbid, to go against them.
Friends, this just isn't right. I think it's time we determined to be our own expert.
We know our children better than anyone. All we need are a few good resources to choose from--we can implement them ourselves.
I'm most definitely not an expert, and I don't set myself up as one in Steady Days. I'm a mama in the trenches sharing some thoughts; a mama who's lucky enough to spend my days with three really cute kids.
And if this book of mine adds a little encouragement and a few ideas to your parenting repertoire, I will consider it a roaring success.
See you back here tomorrow--we'll take a look at a tool to boost our mothering enthusiasm!