Meet Jamie C. Martin and Steady Days: A Journey Toward Intentional, Professional Motherhood

By now, many of you have heard the buzz surrounding the release of author Jamie C. Martin’s book Steady Days: A Journey Toward Intentional, Professional Motherhood.

Jamie provided me with a copy of this book to review and share with the Simple Kids audience, and I can tell you without hesitation that I highly recommend that you add Steady Days to your home library.

You probably already know Jamie from her blog Steady Mom.  If so, you’ll be familiar with the message she proclaims from the first pages of the book:

In any career, experience allows us to grow, improve, and learn.  But unlike other professions, many of us mothers have never had any training to prepare us for this new job filled with diapers, tantrums, and sleepless nights.  We need to equip ourselves with practical tools that allow us to give our personal best to our young children, helping us thrive in our strengths and overcome our weaknesses.  We aim for professionalism in every other area of our lives; why should our children get anything less?

It is with that thought in mind that Jamie lays the foundations for guiding mothers in reflecting on that which they desire to come to fruition in the way time is spent at home, and then outlines extremely accessible and practical steps to gently guide the reader in achieving that vision for home life.

As a mother whose family grew to include three children in less than three years, Jamie understands that mothers don’t have time to sit down and read enormous amounts of overwhelming information about how to run a home with intentional purpose.  With this in mind, she has broken the material in Steady Days down into forty short and manageable chapters.

The content of the book falls into four main categories – Getting Organized, Retaining Enthusiasm, Learning Together, and Making Memories. Each section provides the perfect blend of guiding philosophy and practical application.  At the end of each main section are some Questions and Answers wherein Jamie tackles some very real-life challenges that readers may encounter, such as

I  am divorced, working overtime, or in other difficult circumstances.  How can I possibly have enthusiasm?

What if I don’t enjoy reading with my children?

Life is very difficult right now in our family.  I find I’m apathetic toward remembering this time; I am just trying to survive it.

Jamie provides thoughtful direction for those with these concerns, understanding that we don’t get to parent in ideal circumstances all the time.

This book is packed with inspiring thoughts, visual examples, and loads of extra features. Based on the response to the articles at Simple Kids on daily routines and how to manage time at home, I know SK readers will appreciate the sample routines Jamie has suggested for a variety of life/family circumstances.

Again, I enthusiastically recommend Steady Days as an incredibly useful book for your home.

Jamie is providing a signed copy of Steady Days for one Simple Kids reader!  The giveaway will run from today  until the morning of Friday, January 29th when I will announce the winner.  To enter simply

1) leave a comment sharing one of your favorite aspects of being a mother/home manager/care provider.

2) You can gain an extra entry by mentioning this giveaway on Twitter.  A sample tweet might be

Enter to win a copy of Steady Days from @steadymom and @simplekids:

Make sure to leave a comment that you posted this on Twitter.

3) Post this review on your Facebook profile.  Make sure to leave a comment that you posted this on Facebook.

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  1. I tweeted!

  2. I posted on FB!

  3. My favorite thing about being a mom are those quiet moments before bedtime when I’m rocking my new baby boy to sleep with my 6-year old daughter singing his sweet lulaby to him in the background.

  4. Catherine says:

    My favorite part of being a mom? I guess I’m kind of like Hannibal from the A-Team because I love it when a plan comes together. When my family of six is in harmony with one another and life is peaceful…for a few minutes at least. Sometimes in the evenings just before bedtime I suddenly notice the quiet, and when I look up everyone is engrossed in his or her own book, all of us in one room together. I’m so glad my kids have developed my husband’s and my love of reading!

  5. One of my favorite aspects of being a mother? The fulfillment I get when I recall the day and realize that I am in the best years of my life and conscious enough to know it rather than it being 40 years from now and I’m wishing I could do it all over again. That’s my current “intention” of spending each day.

  6. Nothing beats seeing the world from the eyes of a 2 year old!

  7. i love being able to share new things with my 7 year old such as my Calvin and Hobbes collection and The Beatles. seeing him form his own opinions as well as finding things in common that we like is a lot of fun. also my 2 year old is just learning to express herself verbally so it is fun to hear “i LOVE shoes” or “i LOVE applesauce”. love spending time with these little people…

  8. Just one thing?? I love everything about staying home!
    .-= Jenny´s last blog ..4 =-.

  9. I love snuggling up with my kiddos with a big blanket and a good book!

  10. my favorite aspect is knowing that i’ve cleaned out so many time wasters now that i have my son (tv time is gone but now i get to enjoy him!)

  11. Best thing about being a mom? Free Hugs!!

    Thanks for entering me in your contest! This books sounds great!
    .-= Kelli ´s last blog ..Confession Tuesday =-.

  12. Best thing about being a mom…watching my 10 month old wave bye bye to her brother as he leaves for school. He is late almost every morning due to giving his baby sister hugs and kisses (and teaching her to do the same).

  13. I enjoy those amazing insights my little 4 year old twins have on a world that sometimes moves right by me. They, however, don’t miss a beat. I so appreciate the opportunity to see everything again, for the first time, with them.

  14. my favorite thing is being there for all the firsts my kids experience. would love this book!

  15. I\’ve been thinking a lot about this lately. I love being at home with my kids and doing the little things with them – like reading and painting finger nails – things that might otherwise get pushed aside. [2010|01|97c13ba58c07cb7807fefcde77203529]

  16. Sounds like a wonderful book! I also am a mother of three all adopted. I look forward to reading your book 🙂