The many roles of being a mom…chief household engineer, teacher, chauffeur, chef, interior decorator, wardrobe consultant, and on and on. The role of being a mom is busier than ever. As we all know, it’s a daily juggling act.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Moms: Simple Ways to Stress Less and Enjoy Your Family More by Kristine Carlson understands this reality. Wife of the late Richard Carlson of the Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff book series, Ms. Carlson even recognizes the paradox of her book’s title, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff”.
Isn’t that our job to sweat the small stuff, right? In fact it seems like we’re the only people that seem to. But sometimes when we get caught up with all the details we start to lose perspective on the big picture.
The design of this book is perfect for the busy mom. With 11 short chapters, you can sit down for 10 minutes with a cup of coffee and read a passage. Ms. Carlson’s writing style is easy-going, yet reassuring. Being an empty nester herself, you get the impression that she truly understands this “mom career” as she calls it. After reading a chapter, not only did I learn a valuable tip, but also that someone else out there truly understands the ever-changing world of being a mom.
Yes, this book’s overall message is to not “sweat the small stuff”, but it’s also about living a life where we’re fully present for ourselves and our loved ones. I wish I had this book when I first became a mom. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Moms: Simple Ways to Stress Less and Enjoy Your Family More would make a lovely gift for the first-time mom as well as the busy mom with 3 kids.