The Happiest Mom (Giveaway!)
Meagan Francis has five kids, writes every day at her site The Happiest Mom, somehow mustered the time and energy to publish her fourth book–The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets to Enjoying Motherhood*–and still manages to live her own philosophy, which is that “happy” and “mom” are not mutually exclusive terms.
Here’s the thing: there are plenty of people out there who will volunteer ideas about the kind of parent you should be–mommyblogs, your own mom, the lady in line behind you at the grocery store–but the message of this book is that being happy equals being your best self, not someone else’s version of what you should be.
We all get caught up in that comparison game at some time or another, and that’s why Meagan’s advice was especially helpful: because she’s not telling you what to do or how to be, she’s just asking the questions that will help you figure out those things for yourself. (The book is full of quizzes, and even the answer keys aren’t about right or wrong but about discovering what makes you tick, and what makes you meltdown.)
Reading the book, I had my share of major lightbulb moments, but more often than that I found myself simply smiling and nodding at the familiar scenarios. I consider myself a pretty happy mom (scattered and time-crunched and usually behind on the laundry, but happy!), and yet I still found a lot to love about the book, particularly because sometimes all I really need is a reminder that I’m doing okay, that I know what I’m doing after all, even though sometimes it feels like I don’t. Besides, a book about being happier shouldn’t make you feel bad or less-than, it should make you feel, uh…happier, right? This book does that, whatever kind of mom you are and hope to be.
I want you to give someone (yourself?) the gift of happiness this Mother’s Day, and Meagan is helping me do that by offering three(!) books to Nice Things Now readers who leave a comment on this post. Simply tell me what makes you a happy mom (or what made your mom a happy mom, or how you plan to make a mom happy this Mother’s Day) and you’ll be entered to win. (Winners will be chosen by random draw.)
Normally I’d make the entry deadline one week from today, but because it will be way more fun to award the prizes on Mother’s Day (next Sunday!), you have until midnight on Saturday to leave a comment.
(I know it’s tempting, not to mention very optimistic of you, to wait until Sunday to see if you won a copy, but don’t let that stop you from taking advantage of the pre-Mother’s Day sale price of only $8.22 on Amazon (that’s a 45% discount!). Worst-case scenario is that you end up with two copies, but then that’s not really a worst-case scenario, is it?)
*Amazon affiliate link.