I am convinced of this: Being home every day, all day with small children is the hardest job ever. It's taxing to be a mindful, involved parent - to be gentle, patient, and positive day and night (yes, parenting does still happen at night).
But it's worth it. And I wouldn't trade it for anything. And I love it.
I recently read a book that celebrates all that moms are and what they do for society...and I thought I'd tell you about it real quick.
Published by Celebra Trade in 2009, Stay Home, Stay Happy is written by a mom of five with a Masters degree and experience on national television. Rachel Campos-Duffy is an intelligent and articulate woman with plenty of expertise and encouragement to share.
Essentially, the book outlines how to stay refreshed, upbeat, and energized when you're surrounded by small children all day long. It's an easy read with a conversational style and plenty of practical tips for getting organized, in-shape, and in-tune with your kids. I love how she emphasizes that staying home is a choice...that requires sacrifice, but reaps a great reward.
This quote will give you a feel for the tone/outlook of the book, "So I hold tightly to this precious and fleeting time with my small children with no regrets, confident that despite what others may think, my education and career experiences are not being wasted on my children."
My thoughts exactly.
Although this book is geared to those who have consciously decided to stay home with their children full-time, it offers practical and inspiring advice for moms along many career spectrums. The author certainly is not out to judge those who opt to work outside of the home [At one point, she was thisclose to accepting a position on The View so she definitely knows that work decisions aren't cut-and-dry]. Her book applies to every mom because it is about honoring the important role that mothers play in the world...and I appreciate that.
WIN IT! One winner will receive a copy of "Stay Home, Stay Happy" by Rachel Campos-Duffy. To enter, leave any topic-related comment on this post prior to Sunday, February 14th at 11:59 p.m. (Don’t forget to follow the rules…all generic comments like “Enter me!,” “Love it,” and “Cool stuff!” will be disqualified.).
* I received a copy of the book for review purposes.
*UPDATE* The winner is #32 Susan C. Congratulations!