Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom
Summer is here, and hopefully that means a teensy bit more free time for the mamas. Yay!
I know we never have any real “days off” when you come right down to it, but something about this time of year beckons us to chill out and relax. With the extra margin freed up by less rigid schedules, it’s also a good time to reflect on how things are going in our lives and homes.
I’m in the midst of a crazy time of transition myself–getting ready to move house in 5 (!) days, entering a new season of parenting as my kids get a little older, and preparing for a busy summer ahead of us.
I’ve also been thinking about what I want more of during this season, and here’s what I’ve come up with:
More freedom, more confidence as a mom, more excitement, joy, and gratitude in this awesome life I’ve been blessed with. Less comparisons, less worry, less insecurity.
So I put together an ebook to help us all find our way as moms and get comfortable inside our unique mothering skins. It’s available today: The Steady Mom’s Freedom Guide: Joyful Motherhood on Your Own Terms!
Here’s an excerpt from the introduction:
“Freedom within a country is vital to the health and well-being of its residents—so is freedom as a mother. It allows us to shake off the mental and emotional limitations that hold us back. Freedom enables us to come into our own, to rise to our best selves. It helps us become better mothers, better spouses, and better friends.
In other words, freedom is a win-win.
Freedom is a prerequisite for joyful motherhood because so many voices shout at us when it comes to parenting. There are cultural voices, extended family’s voices, expert voices, as well as the ever-present voices of doubt and insecurity that rise from within. Freedom to be yourself quiets the clamor.
This book tackles two sides of freedom within parenting: practical freedom and soul freedom. Practical freedom represents those day-to-day decisions we make that feel so urgent in the moment and sap strength and energy fast. These include aspects of mothering life like decisions about screen time (yours and your kids), meal planning, and discipline.
Soul freedom chapters of the book focus more on the heart of the matter—being kind to ourselves in the midst of stress, lightening up, and viewing our kids through the eyes of grace.”
What This Book Is
This book is a quick, encouraging, magazine-length read–because your days ahead should also overflow with novels, picture books with the kids, running through sprinklers, celebrating as little swimmers grow confident poolside, and all the other extraordinary moments summer brings your way.
I revamped many of these short chapters from posts on my other blog Steady Mom, where I’ve been writing about intentional, professional motherhood for almost five years. (I’d love to have you there as a subscriber if you like what you see when you visit!)
I searched through the archives (of nearly 900 posts!) to locate the ones centered around the theme of freedom in motherhood. Then I revised and edited them, and put them together in this inspirational ebook. (This content is no longer available on the blog.)
Who This Book is For
This ebook is a good fit for you if:
- you have children between the ages of 0-8 (Many chapters center around finding yourself as a mother and the transition years into motherhood.)
- you’re feeling burned out and stifled as a woman or mother
- you don’t want to end up burned out and stifled as a woman or mother
- you don’t have a lot of time to read, but want a dose of inspiration in the midst of your busy days
- you like short chapters and the fact that it reads like a blog, not a book
- you want to feel more comfortable in your own skin, play to your strengths, and enjoy being who you were created to be–with the knowledge that you are more than “enough” for those in your care
Table of Contents
- How to transform a bad day
- On letting your child save face
- Give yourself transition time, too
- A priority for days when you just can’t do it anymore
- How to get through a stressful season
- Answering the television question
- Using the screen successfully
- Moms unplugged
- Rethinking meal planning
- Positive discipline tips
- What to do when everyone is watching
- Lighten up and slow down
- Quality, not quantity: On finding yourself crying in the bathroom
- Conclusion: Giving up on formulas and labels
Get Your Copy Today
The Steady Mom’s Freedom Guide is only $2.99 and is available in the following formats:
Thanks so much for your support and your readership–join me and let’s enjoy the freedom!
What do you find yourself needing most–practical freedom for your day-to-day or soul freedom for your heart?
I just ordered a printable version and can’t wait to sit down with it this afternoon. The content is just what I need to read right now!
I’m so blessed to hear that, Cheryl! I hope you find it an encouragement!
Woohoo! So excited for this! Thank you, Jamie!
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Thanks so much, Kari–you’re such a sweet cheerleader!
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Just bought this for my Kindle. I can’t wait for a quiet moment to crawl inside 🙂 I already feel like this is a book I am going to come back to time and again.
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Thank you, Kara!
This book sound great! It looks great too! I’m sure a lot of moms will be able to learn so much about this. You’re helping a lot of moms for sure. 🙂
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This looks amazing! I am soooo burnt out. My 8 yr old is on the spectrum and am giving a go a this unschooling thing in 900 square feet with a two year old. Funds are low. My oldest started a great nature based inclusive school but was weaning meds and they did not have the space for a shadow. He found out abt the school and started the following week. I had started a job but quit bc he got the last slot in charter and couldnt get him back and forth. I am trying to keep him caught up. Math is his weakest area. Sorry if this in the wrong spot. I just need some practical advice…..i am a natural teacher but he lacks space and so do i……sorry for venting. Thank you. You inspire me btw more than anyone i have found online about this. Thank you again, and you are amazing!
Amber, I would recommend you look into tjed.org – A Thomas Jefferson Education and see if that method and philosophy resonates with you. They have a wonderful discussion group on FB as well where you can post specific questions and ask for advice. You can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TJEdDiscussion/ Blessings to you and yours and just take it one day at a time!
Thank u so much, Jamie !!!! Will do! Playing today per your other blog….felt becoming a task sergeant during this transition. Need good atmosphere. Thanks again!