Most days of the week I find that my day flies by at one point or another can’t wait until the kids’ bedtime so I can have a little peace and quiet. I haven’t really ever thought I was alone in that – I know plenty of other moms that feel that way, but I know there are some moms who don’t. I don’t want to compete with my kids for “my” time. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Moms, by Kristine Carlson, has been released online (Amazon or BarnesandNoble.com) and in bookstores this week, and I’m excited to help promote it and its message: Simple ways to stress less and enjoy your family more.
I’ve read through a few sections and already I’ve found myself nodding along with the situations and advice – the chapters are short and sweet, just right for a mom who has a few minutes to spare. I love the story about building a rapport with your children. It’s something that comes naturally, whether a good or bad rapport, and it will effect your relationship with your child forever (Chapter 16, “Building Rapport With Your Child”). There are quite a few sections relating to pre-teens and teenagers (Chapter 49, “If You Want to e on Facebook, I’m Going to Be Your Friend”), and I’m not quite there yet, but reading through them will give me the courage I need to parent my daughters once they reach that age – and I mean parent, not friend ;) There are stories and advice for moms of every stage – whether it’s moms with babies, moms who are divorced or separated from their spouse, single moms, working moms, young moms, old moms, moms facing an empty nest, and everything in between.
I found true encouragement in Chapters 2 and 96, “Nourishing Your Spirit First” and “You Are Enough As You Are,” respectively. I have found that when I meet my needs first (though never, ever neglecting my childrens’) I’m more inclined to be a mom in the present, rather than the mom who has to get through story time to get this or that done, which is something I truly struggle with. It’s like the old adage, “Good moms have sticky floors, piles of laundry, a sink full of dishes, and happy kids.” But you know what? I am the very best mom for them, I am who they need and want…and that is an uplifting feeling.
Kristine Carlson is an international bestselling author and a leading expert on love, success, grief, happiness, and parenting. Along with her late husband, Dr. Richard Carlson, Kristine has experienced phenomenal success with the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” series. Kristine has been featured on national radio and television broadcasts, including The Today Show, Empowered Living Radio, The View, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Be sure to follow along with me and the other Don’t Sweat Moms on our journey. You can join the Don’t Sweat Moms community here, and follow along with the #DontSweatMoms on Twitter here.
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