I've been following The Happiest Mom blog for a few months now. Meagan Francis has 5 children, and while many moms with a large number of children may find themselves lost in the hustle and bustle of taxi driving and soccer games, Francis seems to have found herself. While she is not a member of my faith, I feel that she is the epitome of someone who has found nobility in motherhood and joy in womanhood. When I found out that she published a book with Parenting Magazine under the same name as her blog, I knew I had to get my hands on it.
Other than Dr. Sears's The Baby Book, I wish I had read this, and only this, book before becoming a mom. Here's why: So many baby books out there prescribe a set of rules and formulas, but Francis shares practical advice that will help to fill your confidence in yourself rather than questioning. Here's the premise: Happy moms have happy children. If you want the best for your kids, learn to be kind to yourself.
The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets to Enjoying Motherhood is chalked full of practical advice and stories from a mom who has been there, done that. Her off-the-cuff humor had me chuckling, both in recognition and in anticipation for the great stories of motherhood to come. While her book is definitely aimed at mothers, her tips for enjoying motherhood are really tips for enjoying life--whether you're a mother or not.
Whether you're looking for ways to deal with busy-body moms in your playgroup, a messy kitchen that is getting under your skin, or feeling overwhelmed by all of your to-do list items, Francis has some pointers that will help just about any one. Best part? You'll feel good about yourself with every page. This ain't no "you're not doing good enough" book because, well, the message is about being happy, and guilt and happiness do not mix. Also, the book itself is beautiful. Colorful, doodle-full, and side-bar-full, you'll enjoy more than the words on the page. You'll enjoy just looking at it. If you're already a happy mom, The Happiest Mom will provide that pick-me-up on the hard days or at least lend a laugh in the meantime.
I actually liked this book so much that I've decided I would focus on implementing one of her secrets each month. Stay tuned!