A Fresh Perspective on Mothering: Mindset for Moms (and a Giveaway, too!)

The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.

First of all, I have to admit to some bias in this review: not only is Jamie C. Martin a friend of mine, she is also a mother I admire and look up to.  My copy of her first book, Steady Days, is a well worn and rarely makes it back to the bookshelf.  I am encouraged by her writing on Steady Mom and Simple Homeschool as well.

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Not only that, there have been moments in my life where it was Jamie’s kindness and wisdom, either through a  sentiment written on her blog Steady Mom or a through a word of encouragement exactly when I needed to hear it, that have buoyed my spirits or helped to turn a bad day around.

So, when Jamie announced that she had a new project in the works, something that expressed her heart for moms, I knew that it was going to be good.

I was wrong.

It is fantastic! (Judging by the reviews the book has been getting, I’m not the only one who thinks so.)

Mindset for Moms: From Mundane to Marvelous Thinking in Just 30 Days

Mindset for Moms begins with Jamie sharing about her own journey as a mom and how her personal evolution took her from wondering if motherhood and life with young children was to be endured to firmly believing it is her dream job and calling.

Her circumstances didn’t change, but her attitude did.

Personally, I have had seasons of motherhood where it feels light, beautiful, and almost easy.  I have also been through seasons of motherhood where it feels like I am living just to get from one challenging moment to the next.  Those times are  lonely, hard, and discouraging, to say the least.

I am not a super hero, I am a human.  And this human mother admits that there are those very bad days when I wake up and count the hours until I can go back to sleep again.  It is all too easy to feel drained and even depressed.

Life shouldn’t be about merely existing or getting through the day.  This time in my life as a mother to young children is a blessing, but my attitude doesn’t always reflect the gift that this season is.

Not a Quick Fix, but Long-Term Change

Jamie’s writing offers a message of hope for those of us who find ourselves struggling, wanting motherhood to be something more than merely getting through the day with our kids.

It is not about putting on rose-colored glasses or never having a bad day or a negative thought.  Mindset for Moms is about changing your thinking so that you know what to do when, as Jamie says, “negativity comes knocking.”

Not only is Jamie’s advice encouraging, it is practical.  She knows first-hand how the resources of a mother are limited, especially when it comes to time.  Her words are simple to read and easily applied to real life.

This isn’t about a quick fix, this is about a long-term change.

In the ebook’s short, easy to read chapters, Jamie provides a 30 day road map that has the potential to be perspective changing, even life changing.

I have been reading a little bit each day and more than once I have found myself thinking over an idea Jamie writes about as I go about my day, the words lingering within me, and yes, even altering my thinking.

Mindset for Moms, for me personally, has come at a time when I really needed it.

Perhaps some of you are in the same place in your lives?

From the book:

“How would you like to find yourself thinking and feeling differently about your family, your self, and your future in just 30 days? A better life awaits – let’s go after it together!”

The Giveaway

Jamie is generously offering FOUR Simple Kids readers a copy of her ebook Mindset for Moms I’m excited about this because I know this book is going to have an impact and I’m thankful to get to share it with you.

The book is available in four formats:  for the Kindle, the Nook, through iTunes, or as a printable PDF.

How to Enter:

  • Simply leave a comment on this post telling me you’d like to win a copy

(note: if you’re reading this in a blog reader or via email, you’ll need to visit the Simple Kids blog to leave a comment)


This giveaway ends at midnight EST Saturday February 11, 2012. Winners will be announced on Sunday during my Weekend Links on February 12. Good luck! This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you!

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About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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  1. This is a need these days! This book couldn’t have come at a better time!

  2. I would love to win a copy!

  3. This looks to be a great book, I would enjoy a copy for my kindle

  4. I’d like to win a copy!

  5. Sounds like a wonderful book.

  6. I’d love to have this. Thanks!

  7. Julie Wobbe says:

    This book sounds like just right I need we are in the middle of the terrible 4’s and I think I need a mindset shift.
    Julie 🙂
    p.s I have a sony ereader

  8. Lauren Nicole says:

    I would love a copy as I struggle with these feelings often.

  9. I would love a copy of this book as I feel, after 5 years of mommyhood, that I am finally learning to embrace this as my full time career!

  10. I would love some inspiration!

  11. Hi! I want one of these!!!! =)


  12. Sounds great. I would love to check it out.
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  13. Sounds like something I need to read.

  14. tasha schifsky says:

    I would appreciate this ebook. I too have these feelingd

  15. I’d love a copy! I enjoy reading Steady Mom as well as your blog. Thanks!!

  16. This book looks like a wonderful creation… I’d love to have a copy!

  17. I would love a chance to win this book 🙂

  18. I would love to win a copy of this book!!

  19. would love to win! especially in the trying days of winter! thanks!
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  20. Heidi Felton says:

    I have been in one of those “just getting through the days” funks for a while now with my three. This looks like a good inspiration and attitude adjustment helper. Pick me!

  21. This would be great! Yes, please!

  22. Ohhhh, how I would love this book! There is no greater gift to my life than my three children, but the struggles are great and I am constantly exhausted and frazzled.

  23. Elizabeth B says:

    Thanks so much for this giveaway! I’d love a copy!

  24. Wow, this book sounds amazing! With as crazy as life & motherhood is, this is definitely something I need. I would LOVE a copy!

  25. i would love to read this with baby #3 headed our way in 2 weeks, i probably need a new mindset!!!! : )

  26. I would love a copy! I’m a working mom of a 2 year old who balks when my husband has plans that require I be home alone ALL DAY with our daughter! I’m pregnant with #2 now and could really use some perspective!

  27. Hi! I would LOVE to win a copy of this book. It’s right up my alley. I just posted on my blog a THRIVING life challenge I’m giving myself and my readers and I could use a book like this to help me along this challenge. 🙂 Here’s the link to it. http://www.thrivequickdish.com/2012/02/09/3393/ Good day!

  28. Jennifer Rivers says:

    I would love to win this book! I could sure use it!!

  29. Hi,
    I’m just recovering from years of child-induced sleep deprivation, and finally feel at a place where I am in charge of my life and could make some changes (instead of just trying to cope). So the timing would be great!


  30. Sara Coffey says:

    I would LOVE a copy of this book! Sounds fantastic to this harried mom of a 21 month old with another on the way!

  31. I would love to win b/c this motherhood stuff is tough and I’m in need of a mindset adjustment.

  32. I would love a copy!

  33. I’d love to win a copy!!

  34. Sorry, I’m not a mother but a father.
    Doesn’t matter because of create an open and safe atmosphere where children can be with all their soul, that is a task for every adult.
    My son (9 years) has given a lot of lessons. My wife and I try to balance ourselves to get a good instrument for parenting: our inner calm and creative thinking.
    Children are yet children (I mean without barriers).
    They get all things, voices, looks, thoughts, desires and vibrations that we give them. Then, our rol as models is so important and wonderful!.
    So Jamie, Kara, and all you : thanks for your work on the web.
    And now, please, can we read your book please?.
    I hope you can read this words (usually i write in spanish)

  35. I really enjoyed Jamie’s other book, Steady Days, and it helped me a lot. I’d love to win a copy of her new book.

  36. YES PLEASE! I’d love to read this book. Thank you for the fabulous giveaway!

  37. I woud love to win a copy!

  38. I’d love to learn how to cope with the feelings I have day after day.

  39. this sounds timely and like a wonderful read to help encourage mom’s of young kids like me!

  40. i would love this because we are about to add a 2nd child to our family. would be great to help with that transition!
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  41. Meghan Owens says:

    I would love the encouragement!

  42. Brooke E. Cockson says:

    I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to win a copy!! I need this so badly! I love being a Mom, but have my struggles too ; ) Anything and everything that can encourage me further in this journey is awesome!

  43. Caroline Dubuque says:

    Sounds like a good read. I’d love to win a copy

  44. I would love to win a copy of this. I am going thru a season of doubt. I think this would give me the encouragement that I need.

    Thank you very much.


  45. I would love to win a copy! Sounds like just what I need right now

  46. Gabrielle Eaton says:

    I have recently found myself shifting into a more positive mental attitude about the daily life of being the mother to an almost five year old as well as being the primary income for my family. I would love to be able to take this new attitude even further with the help of Mindset for Moms!

  47. Wow, sounds like a fantastic ebook!

  48. I would love to win a copy, too! My midset could use a little “adjustment” some days

  49. I would love to win a copy!

  50. I would love this book!