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. There are so many things I love about being a mother, but I’ll share just one quick story.

    This weekend, Miles, my 15 month old, found a picture of my husband and I and was talking to it. He was saying, “Dada, Mama, Dada, Mama” in this little whisper voice and pointing to us. Then he started blowing kisses at our picture. MELT.MY.HEART.

    Makes all the tantrums and dirty diapers worth it! 😉

    Would love to win this book! Hope it has some ideas for those of us who work outside the home, as well!
    .-= Emily @ The Pilot’s Wife´s last blog ..Baby Goat =-.

  2. Hearing my child say, “Mommy, you are my sunshine.”

  3. My favourite part of being a mother and home manager is that I know that at this time i’m fully responsible for how my son interacts with the world. He’s only 2 so that will change eventually but for now it’s my favourite thing.

    Also tweeted this and shared on facebook!
    .-= Satakieli´s last blog ..Coffee =-.

  4. My favorite part of being a mother is being the one to see my kids reach their milestones and not missing them while they are in someone else’s care.

  5. I RTed this on twitter!
    .-= Emily @ The Pilot’s Wife´s last blog ..Baby Goat =-.

  6. And I made this my facebook status!
    .-= Emily @ The Pilot’s Wife´s last blog ..Baby Goat =-.

  7. My favourite part about being a stay at home mother/home manager, etc. etc. is to be able to SPEND time with my children. I love when I get to have my 4 chicks under foot… I see so many mothers who either don’t care or aren’t able to be home, if they do care, and I count it a HUGE blessing to be able to BE there when they need me… and when they don’t!

  8. I cherish watching my kids learn & grow everyday and having the time to create so many memories…this book is a “must-read” at our mom’s book club!
    Many thanks for writing a book that will resonate with all trying to juggle the many aspects of motherhood!

  9. I love being a mother because it is the most rewarding posistion I could imagine. It is very hard and somedays I wish I could take a vacation day, but all in all, I wouldn’t want to do anything else.
    My husband and I lost our first baby and were told that we may loose my daughter. Praise the Lord she is well and has a little brother now too! The experience made me realize just how precious these children are and how much more I want to be a good mom for them.

  10. I’ve heard lots of good things about this book. Thanks for the chance to win!

    My favorite thing is watching my baby at play; observing her problem-solving and experimenting, and sharing her joy with her when she glances over with a big smile over what she’s discovered.
    .-= Lise´s last blog ..Sowing seeds =-.

  11. I love cuddling with my little girl and watching her learn new things. It’s so exciting to see things “click” for her. I also love creating nourishing meals for my family.
    .-= Stacie@HobbitDoor´s last blog ..Nugget’s Activities =-.

  12. I also posted this on Facebook!
    .-= Stacie@HobbitDoor´s last blog ..Nugget’s Activities =-.

  13. My favorite part of being a home manager and mom is that I’m there for all my daughter’s moments, her firsts, her bumps and her experiences!

  14. My daughter has never been a cuddler. She didn’t want to be held and snuggled when she was little – she wanted to explore! Now, though, my sweet 3.5-year-old will walk up to me – doesn’t matter what I’m doing – to give me a hug or a kiss. I’m doing my best to stop and savor the moment because I don’t know how long this stage will last!
    .-= RLR´s last blog ..Lunch@ble$, Mom’s Magic-style…. =-.

  15. I just shared this post on Facebook.
    .-= RLR´s last blog ..Lunch@ble$, Mom’s Magic-style…. =-.

  16. …aaaaaaaaand I retweeted. Thanks for the giveaway – this book is on my wish list!
    .-= RLR´s last blog ..Lunch@ble$, Mom’s Magic-style…. =-.

  17. One of my favorite aspects of being a home manager is the newness of every day. Sure, there’s always laundry or dishes to do, but I am constantly amazed by my son and how quickly he is changing, growing, and learning.

  18. The best part of being a Mom is when my 8 mo old wakes up and smiles at me, just because it’s me. Unlike my two daughters who have gotten over that stage and wake up like crabby bears. LOL.

  19. I tweeted:

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  20. I love that I get to experience everything ‘for the first time’ through my son’s eyes! It may be something that I do everyday but when I watch him do it and experience it for the first time it is brand new again & oh so exciting!
    .-= Kristi´s last blog ..Helicopter Cake =-.

  21. and I tweeted!
    .-= Kristi´s last blog ..Helicopter Cake =-.

  22. As a mother of ten, ages 22-3, there have been so many special, rewarding, memorable moments. One that is fresh on my mind is when my 20 year old son called home after a long day at college, just wanting to talk to mom and tell me how much he missed me. Wow! What a priceless moment for me and one that I will always treasure.

    I retweeted on Twitter and will post on Facebook too! Sounds like a wonderful book.
    .-= Maria´s last blog ..Another "Imagine" Spot =-.

  23. My favorite thing? Seeing my son light up when I walk into his room or hearing him say silly things as his language skills develop. I love that everyday has a new surprise, a fresh smile, and a warm embrace.
    .-= Jesica´s last blog ..God is definitely cooler than I am. =-.

  24. One of my favorite things is being able to see each little new thing that my son does each day. I love going for a walk with him each day and seeing things through his eyes.
    .-= Wendy´s last blog ..Bias Tape =-.

  25. One of my favorite parts of being mother/home manager is that I can shape the days for my children so that they know and experience love to the fullest!

    I tweeted (Fence Mama on twitter) and posted on FB
    .-= Gina´s last blog ..The Boy =-.

  26. Hearing my 3 year old say “I love you too, Mommy” after I finish singing his bedtime song and my 18 month old rushing to hug me after I come home from running errands. I love being a mom and love being able to stay home and watch my kids grow up.

  27. That I get to gently guide my boy as he learns and experiences new things. Raising him is the most challenging and rewarding job ever!

  28. Bridget Stevens says:

    Favorite things about being a mom just today are, big slobbery laughing kisses and hugs form my one year old, my 2.5 year old actually telling me she needed to go potty, and my 4.5 year old snuggling with the 1 year old. It’s a sweet blessing to enjoy all the little moments of my day with them.

  29. I love the quiet, simple alone moments that I have every day with each of my two children. They are the moments that give me peace and keep me sane during the rest of our crazy days!
    .-= Kristi´s last blog ..Menu Plan Monday – 01/25/10 =-.

  30. I think one of the best parts about being a mom are those unexpected moments where your child says some thing so endearing that you wonder how you were so blessed to be their mom. It’s even better when there is some one else around to hear it too.

    Can’t wait to read this book!
    .-= Angela´s last blog ..Irregular Income: Our method =-.

  31. Just tweeted! @ahiebert

    My favorite part of being a mom is knowing my boys so intimately. They are young now and my desire is that they always desire relationship with me and enjoy coming home.

  32. i love all the fact that right now as i am writing this, my five year old is putting her face right to mine so she can make eye contact with me even though my eyes are on the computer. I am laughing so hard right now… that’s the other thing i love about parenting…all the free laughs!

    I would love a free copy of this book.

  33. My favorite parts on that days that I am focused on the right things and that I remember to do so are: enjoying my kids fully, having TIME, living LIFE ABUNDANTLY in every single way!

  34. When my 3 year old son sits at the bed early in the morning and whispers to himself “Shhhhhh, Mama is sleeping”….

  35. My favorite thing is being able to choose what my priorities are- if one of my kiddos is having a rough day, we can ignore the dishes and curl up and read some books. If they’re having a ton of fun playing in a cardboard playhouse, I can roll with that and deep clean while they’re entertained. I love the flexibility and enjoying the moment, even if it isn’t what I was planning…
    .-= Natalie @ Naddy’s Blog´s last blog ..Embedded Comments issue… =-.

  36. I enjoy the flexibility. Granted, it’s not the flexibility that existed pre-kids, but there’s something nice about being able to more or less plan my own day or go with the flow.
    .-= Amanda ´s last blog ..Schedule =-.

  37. My favorite thing about being a mom? Hands down, hearing and watching the laughter of my three little girls.

  38. I love that my girls turn to me when the need a hug and a kiss 🙂

  39. One of my most favorite aspects of being a mom is watching my children learn the world, gain independence and yet still need thier mom for all those hugs and kisses.

  40. Cuddles, tickles, giggles, childhood glee that just makes me so happy they are here.
    .-= Concetta´s last blog ..Creative life, creative hands =-.

  41. My favorite part: Hearing some of the wonderful things that come out of my boy’s mouth.
    Least favorite part: That sometimes I feel that he NEVER stops talking to me (even though it’s not the case)
    .-= nopinkhere´s last blog ..Car Seat Stress =-.

  42. Sounds like this steady mom is right up my alley. I definately need help in the retaining enthusiasm…..especially near the end of the day. What great ideas!

    rachel b

    facebook post:

  43. There are so many favorite things about being a mom! One of them is watching my children grow and develop as their own people. Over their first couple of years, my husband and I would often look at each other in the car and whisper, “There are two little people back there!” They have their own opinions, their own ways of doing things, their own ways of taking in the world around them. It is awe-inspiring to witness.

    I think this book could really help me, and I would love the opportunity to receive a free copy. Thanks for the generous offer.

    I’ve also mentioned this on facebook.
    .-= Bev´s last blog ..Firsts =-.

  44. I thank my lucky stars that I have two beautiful children and can spend my days taking care of my family and watching those two grow up, moment by moment.

  45. Hearing the word “Mom” is one of my favorite parts of being a mom. This one simple word represents so many things. It represents love, respect, and honor. When I hear my children yell the word or whisper it softly, I am reminded that being a mom is one of the best, and toughest, jobs. When I hear others say the word “Mom”, I am reminded that moms are a united force worldwide. Motherhood is a journey that is best shared together.

    I posted on Twitter and Facebook

    Thanks for the chance to win!


  46. I posted this on facebook! So sad to find that the book was unavailable for the kindle, but I am still looking forward to reading it! 🙂

  47. I love that I am there for them for the big things and the little things. Big things like introducing them to God and in turn teaching them to follow Jesus. Little things like kisses for boo-boos & sheer happiness over chocolate chip cookies.

    Posted on facebook!

  48. i love being the one to nurture and watch my baby grow. i would hate to have someone else doing my job.
    .-= kim´s last blog ..puddle splashing! =-.

  49. I wasn’t sure about this book based on the title but after viewing her blog this book ison my list of wished for books. I am a mom of 9 kids from 25 – 2, seven bio and two by foster care. I can always use some encouragement and tips to be a better mother. Thanks!

  50. My favorite thing about being Mom- hearing “Mommy” when they are hurt, excited, scared, frustrated, or even just have a funny story to tell me! I love knowing that I’ll be there when they need me!
    .-= Sandra´s last blog ..8 Things I Still Don’t Know About Boys =-.