The Happiest Mom

Monday, July 25, 2011

Have you heard of this book?

I won it a few weeks ago in a giveaway over at so much shouting, so much laughter.

It is a great read. I've been a fan of Meagan's since I first stumbled upon her blog. The Happiest Mom (Parenting Magazine): 10 Secrets to Enjoying Motherhood came out in April of this year, and it has been on my wish list ever since. (Thank you, Suzannah, for giving me the chance to win it!)

A Refreshing Point of View

Meagan wrote it (partly) in response to all the mommy blogs and memoirs out there that make motherhood seem like something to be survived. Motherhood is hard, but she wanted to say that it doesn't have to be all drama and despair. It can be enjoyable - really. I get that. Finding happiness in motherhood is one of the reasons I started this blog, so The Happiest Mom naturally appealed to me.

Meagan's writing style is witty, conversational and easy. The Happiest Mom is a quick read, but you'll want to have a pen nearby for underlining certain gems, like:

Happy mothering goes hand in hand with the knowledge that we can't take everyone's advice and that, even if we make mistakes (which we will), our kids will most likely turn out healthy, happy, and wise.

The point is not to enter into a model-house competition with other mothers but to figure out how clean and neat you need your surroundings to be in order for you to feel good about them.

Happy moms project their happiness to the whole family.

Practicing the Secrets

The book has ten chapters, which follow her "10 secrets to enjoying motherhood." As I write this, I'm following Secret Number 9: Look Out for #1. It is Saturday morning, and Hubby volunteered to go to the store. I volunteered for him to take the children with him. Now I am sitting in a quiet house, working on my blog in my pjs. Oh sure, I could be folding clothes or cleaning the kitchen, or showering . . . but those are jobs. I'm taking advantage of this small snippet of me time to do something that ME wants to do. I'm looking out for number one!

It feels good, and I'm going to be a happier mom when they return.

If you are looking for some practical inspiration, grab your own copy of The Happiest Mom (Parenting Magazine): 10 Secrets to Enjoying Motherhood this summer. You won't regret it!

Have you read this book, or any other good ones this summer? Tell us about them in the comments. . .

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10 Responses to “The Happiest Mom”

  1. Thank you for this suggestion!

  2. I've honestly been reading my Bible and David Baldacci books.  But, currently I'm also reading Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul.  So good so far!

  3. That's so funny...just a couple weeks ago, I stumbled on Meagan's blog! I wondered about the book. Thanks for the review.

    So this summer I have been a busy, busy reader. I've read Outnumbered Mom, The Reservoir, Bird by Bird, Not So Fast...and on and on and on.

    Fyi: I love posts that get people talking about their recent reads. Always, looking for a good book.

  4. Courtney,
    I didn't take the time to comment yesterday but this post was exactly what I needed, especially the small reminder to take time for myself. Thanks!

  5. The book sounds great . . . Here is to all moms and there happiness.


  6. I love finding new books -- and the best way is word of mouth...well, word of blog post.  ha!  So happy to  learn about this.

  7. Me, too.  I find that I learn of the best books by word of mouth.  Thanks for your suggestions!

  8. Yay!  So glad to hear that.  I write these reminders for myself as well :)

  9. Ha!  I just wrote the same thing below and now see you said it first.  Great minds think alike, right?!  Thanks for stopping by.

  10. I'm glad you shared this - I look forward to reading it! Sometimes it's easy to get bogged down w/ motherhood - the cleaning and preparing and teaching (I homeschool) and I'm often reminded that I want to be the mother who not only loves her children, but enjoys and has fun w/ them.