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. Twittered it from @HeartforHim
    .-= Sandra´s last blog ..8 Things I Still Don’t Know About Boys =-.

  2. I think hugs and knowing I’m getting to see everything – no one’s telling me my son took his first step, I was there! – are my favorite parts.

  3. I would love a copy of this book. Parenting is the hardest thing I have ever done – the more rewarding, but the hardest. Thank you.

  4. I posted on facebook.

  5. I love being there for the little things my kids do. I love having the ability to adjust my schedule if we’re having a ton of fun doing something. And impromptu hugs. LOVE those.

  6. I have to agree with a few other commentors that the best thing is not missing those milestones. I always feel bad for my husband, who misses out on those first steps, those first words, all because he’s hard at work providing for us (and allowing me to stay at home).
    I also love my youngests hugs, they rule. He is one and he pats my back gently as he hugs me!

  7. i love being a mom (but sometimes forget that while mothering). my favorite things – living life like it’s a musical with my 5yo that loves to sing and watching in amazement the physical prowess of my 2yo as I’m running to “spot” or remove her from her latest perch!

  8. i posted on facebook!

  9. I love being home and available to take part in my kids’ lives. I work in their school, know their friends and greet them when they get home. It is a tough job, but one I’m grateful to have.
    .-= Julie W.´s last blog ..Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching! =-.

  10. I love the way that my 5 month old recognizes me when I walk in the room, the way that she smiles up at me and excitedly squirms until I grab her into my arms and cover her with hugs and Haley kisses.
    .-= vanessa´s last blog ..Bookin it in 2010 =-.

  11. A favorite recent one – my five year old came into our room at 2am, kissed my cheek, and said he “just came in to kiss me good night.”
    .-= Casey´s last blog ..Draw =-.

  12. I love being able to be there when they need me.

  13. I love seeing how my little one is growing and learning new things every day. It’s amazing (and exhausting).

  14. I have the privilege of shaping my little one’s view of our Lord! I have this little life to mould for Him. It is incredibly scary and amazing all at once.
    I love that, for this moment, I am one of the most important/favorite people in their lives and bliss for them is mommy reading to them or playing with them!
    .-= Jenn @ Beautiful Calling´s last blog ..I’m a Victorian Epicure Consultant =-.

  15. And I shared on my facebook page!
    .-= Jenn @ Beautiful Calling´s last blog ..I’m a Victorian Epicure Consultant =-.

  16. Diana Chen says:

    I posted this on twitter AND on facebook.
    Something I love most… gosh there are so many things… I love seeing their beautiful little faces light up when they are happy, and I love making them happy…

  17. sarah burke says:

    i love that i don’t miss a moment.

  18. I love getting to see my kids grow and learn, and to truly know them better. I’m very blessed!

    p.s. I tweeted it too!
    .-= tiffany´s last blog ..A Sabbath =-.

  19. One of my favorite things about parenting my two young daughters is seeing them learn new things. It’s always so exciting.
    .-= Jaimie´s last blog ..I Was a Mom Before I Was a Mom =-.

  20. My favorite thing about mothering, and particularly being home full-time, is how deeply I know my kids and can help them manage their bodies, their emotions, etc. A tantrum is no longer a tantrum but a necessary expression; clinginess is (usually) not so annoying now because I can see the background reasons for it; age-regressions are understandable. My ability to empathize has increased exponentially even during my short time at home so far, and I love it.

  21. One of my favorite things about mothering and managing our home is knowing that even if the things I do go unnoticed or unappreciated, my family does go to sleep every night never doubting that they are loved by me.

  22. i love knowing the differences in the personalities of my children. and i know this because i am with them day in and day out. they are such unique characters, and i love the heck out of them.
    .-= janet´s last blog ..the G family =-.

  23. I’m so hoping to win this…

    And my favorite part of being a mom is easily the unprompted “I-love-yous”…
    .-= Diana (Ladybug Limited)´s last blog ..Word for 2010: Intentional =-.

  24. Hi,

    Great giveaway – I posted this on my facebook page. Thanks!

  25. Something that I love about being a mother is the

  26. (oops – continued from above post)

    continuous awe that the immensity of my love for my children strikes me with. Weird way of saying that, but it’s like a love so great that it’s shocking over and over again.

  27. Watching my girlys individuality emerge and helping to nurture that in each of them is one of my favorite aspects of being a mom.

  28. It just keeps getting better and better. I’ve loved every stage that my son has been in, even the ones that have brought me to tears, as I can see my son developing and growing and learning. I love just being able to spend our days in pjs, if that seems right, and always be a part of whatever he’s doing.

  29. Angie Pearl says:

    My favorite thing about being a Mom is the great big hearts that my girls have and the sticky hugs and kisses. I also enjoy making memories when we read, cook, and share stories. I would love to read this book although I am not currently a stay at home mom.

  30. I love the little moments when I can spend time with them and just enjoy doing what we do or teaching them something new.
    .-= Linds´s last blog ..Weekly deal themes- Diaper deals =-.

  31. I also tweeted!
    .-= Linds´s last blog ..Weekly deal themes- Diaper deals =-.

  32. Michelle M says:

    Oh my, how long have you got? There are so many things I love about being a mum and home manager I’m not sure where to start! Just a sample – being there for all the milestones and achievements (first steps, toilet training, learning to read, etc) and being able to share their pride. The kisses and cuddles. The funny things they say. Being able to make our home a haven. Having the time and flexibility to be able to enjoy the special moments.

    Fingers crossed, I would love to read this book!

  33. Michelle M says:

    I just tweeted this too.

  34. There as so many wonderful moments… playing and painting, hold that little hand, give care… its a wonderful life!
    .-= Micha´s last blog ..Spitzkohl / sweetheart cabbage =-.

  35. I can’t pick just one thing. Most people love the younger years with the children, and I do as well, cherishing every moment with a sleepless baby or book read ten times in a row. But now that we have our first teenager, I am enjoying seeing her develop into her own person, guiding her, listening. But it’s all moving too fast. I would love this book–I believe it would be a great help to me. I woke up this morning panicking that my daughter is 13 and I feel like I’ve attached a “not now” or “later” to move of her life. There isn’t much “later” left.
    .-= Christy B.´s last blog ..Letter from Christ =-.

  36. I tweeted about this giveaway. Tweet tweet. Strange verb, really.
    .-= Christy B.´s last blog ..Letter from Christ =-.

  37. I invited my Facebook friends to come on over, too. If I send you a batch of cookies, does that increase my chances? 😉
    .-= Christy B.´s last blog ..Letter from Christ =-.

  38. The best part of being a mom is seeing my daughter’s many “ah ha” moments – when she 1st learns something, when she puts an original thought together using higher level thinking skills, when she comes up with a new creation (drawing, outfit, stuffed animal friends, etc.). It’s totally amazing because it happens so many times each day!

  39. My favorite part about being a stay-at-home Mom is my children are with me and I get to see and do so much with them. Now they are in school, I miss them and worry about all the negative role-modeling. The growing up years really do go way too fast!

  40. My favorite part of being at home with my kids is that I know they are getting exactly what they need at this point in their lives. It might not always be what they *want,* but I am confident it is what they need. 🙂
    .-= Megan´s last blog ..The Sewing Room =-.

  41. I love staying home with my two girls! My favorite moment is every moment of the day, all the little things they do that I get to share with them. I am so blessed to be able to stay home with them.

    I shared this link on facebook.

  42. My favorite thing is that by spending so much time with my children, I am very connected to them. I understand who they are and what they need, which makes everything easier, especially during difficult times. I would love to win your book!

  43. Lisa in Chicago says:

    I love being able to stay home with my son. We spend a lot of time together. Motherhood is a very challenging job!

  44. My favorite thing about being a mom are those quiet moments when you are snuggling in bed reading with your kids or on a stormy night when they all pile into bed with you for comfort or when my youngest gets a belly laugh just from raspberries blown on his belly. So many things…and fortunately they balance out the moments I’d like to do over or forget!

  45. My favourite thing about being a mom is knowing that God has given me one of the greatest responsibilities, highest honours and grandest callings in this world. And yet is is the most humbling experience in everyday life.

  46. I posted on Facebook! [2010|01|51c7da7e7808ce92eda4eaa13ee95638]

  47. My favorite thing is being able to see the daily growth in my children and their milestones.

  48. Today, I got to go sled riding with my daughter. My son was tucked in for his nap. We got dressed and tromped through barely enough snow to cover the grass. And she laughed and giggled and raced me up the hill, a hill the perfect size for a preschooler’s afternoon sledding.

  49. my favorite thing about being a mom is learning from my kiddos. They teach me to enjoy the simple things in life & to have enthusiasm about the little things that matter!


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