I recently received the book If Mama Ain’t Happy to review. See why I liked this book so much below.
If Mama Ain’t Happy:
Why Minding Healthy Boundaries Is Good for Your Whole Family
(A Mother’s Guide to Joy, Anxiety Relief, & Freedom from Depression, Stress, & Weariness. A Book of Hope for Moms.)
Are you weary? Stressed? Depressed, anxious, and annoyed?
And, to top it all off, do you feel guilty for feeling bad?
Rachel Norman gets you, mama. She knows how much you love your kids. And how, day after day, you put your family’s needs first, which means your own needs come last. Or don’t come at all.
Rachel used to be a mom who spent her days weary, anxious, and guilt laden. She had five kids in five years, lived on three different continents, and then was blindsided by a devastating health diagnosis. Neglecting her own physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional needs for so long―in an effort to be a selfless mother―had left her utterly depleted. And physically unwell. Then she began asking a question she’d never considered before:Could it be that taking good care of myself is not actually selfish, but maybe, just maybe, something a responsible adult does?
In this countercultural book, Rachel takes some weight off your shoulders by:
- offering hands-on, rubber-meets-the-road strategies to cultivate a life you aren’t trying to constantly escape
- teaching you to discover and claim your own limits and boundaries so you can be a calm, resilient, peaceful mother
- showing you how to shape your daily life and values around the few things that really matter, and how to let the rest go
If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. But when mama is at peace? Everyone benefits.
As you can see from the Table of Contents, the author covers subjects that are important to moms.
I like that after each chapter there are sections for you to fill out. They help you determine what is most important to you of the things discussed in that chapter.
Here’s an example of some of her suggestions. These pertain to mama getting enough sleep.
This section is about how mama can take care of her body. Self care is not selfish!
If Mama Ain’t Happy Review
I’m a mama of 6. They are all grown now, ages 22-36. I wish I had had this book when I was raising them!
The author not only covers self care for mamas. She covers setting boundaries, and setting standards and rules for your house. How we don’t have to have everything perfect, or do everything perfectly, and we don’t have to beat ourselves up about it! The author discovered this for herself when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
I love that she writes about being a mama from a Biblical viewpoint. Where in the Bible does it say that our kids have to participate in every sport and activity? Or mamas have to cater to their every whim? It doesn’t!
It’s not just ok to have rules and boundaries for our kids, but it’s essential to set them up for success later in life.
I highly recommend If Mama Ain’t Happy!
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Disclosure: Many thanks to FrontGate Media for providing this product/product information for review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.