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. Jessica Jeffrey says:

    I would love a copy. I have a 21 month old and one due in a week. Lately I am just getting through the day. This sounds like a book that can help me change my attotude to be the greatest mom I can be. Thank you for the chance.

  2. I would be so blessed by a copy of this book. I’m a mother of a 5 year old, 3 year old and 9 month old and I often find myself wishing I could enjoy this time more.

  3. I would love to win a copy of Mindset of Moms! I wonder if you can truly change your thinking!! Can a book really make you do that? If so, I will need to purchase a pdf if I don’t win and see!!

  4. Loved Steady Days…can’t wait to read this one!

  5. Sounds like something I need to read right now–I would love to win a copy.

  6. Thanks for the opportunity for this great resource for mindful thinking during our days as mothers.

  7. I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance!

  8. I would love to win this!

  9. I could really use some encouragement right now. What a blessing it would be if this book could help!

  10. Ooh!ooh! Pick me! Pick me! I would love to read this!

  11. Would absolutely love to win a copy of Jamie’s book.
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  12. I would love to win a copy! I am a new mom and appreciate encouragement from other moms. Sounds like a great book!

  13. Wow, someone has been reading my mind. I was just thinking that if I could only change my way of thinking it would all be so much better…and then i fell back into the negative, whiny, mode I dislike so much in my 4 year old. How can I expect her to stay positive when my own mind set needs a 180. Help!

  14. Elizabeth Abney says:

    I could use a book like that right about now. I’d like to win! Thanks for the chance.

  15. I’d love to win a copy of this! Just what I need…

  16. I would love to win this book. I loved Steady Days. Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. I would love a chance to win…this sounds perfect for where I am right now!
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  18. Sounds great. With three young children some days are tough but I do love what I’m doing. A little inspiration wouldn’t hurt though!

  19. Would so very much love to win!
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  20. Oooh. Pick me. 🙂

  21. This book sounds like one my (virtual) shelf should not be without. Thanks for the opportunity.

  22. In need of a new perspective lately. Thanks for the chance! I’ll add it to my wish list just in case

  23. I would love to win a copy! This sounds like an amazing book! I am a mom to an 18 month old, and a 4 month old, and I think this book would be awesome to read!

  24. I adore my two boys (1 and 4) but have been feeling so frustrated recently. Frustrated that I’m not the mum that I want to be and that I have the potential to be by God’s strength. I would love a copy of Jamie’s book to help me begin my journey to more intential, less frustrated motherhood.

  25. We only get one chance at life. Wishing the day to go by quickly is such a waste if it and a missed opportunity to watch, listen and experience life – the only one we have – with our kids … Our reason for living, really! Only then can we pass on this same attitude to them, help them seize the day, seize the moment… Hmmmn… All good in theory! How does it work after staying up 5 nights in a row with a coughing 7 month old then having to deal with a two year old with so much energy she’s bouncing off the walls? Some days are tough!! Id love some insight from someone who’s been through it! Thanks for writing it!

  26. I’d love a copy but if I win I’d be sharing my copy with a friend who is a single parent and desperately needs support right now.

  27. I would love a copy! Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. I would love to win a copy!

  29. I am the mother of three kids, 6, 4, and 2….this week, coincidentally, everything has kind of erupted in my household, and I have come to the scary realization that there needs to be some major changes within myself and my family….I would love a book that may push me in a better, happier direction…

  30. I definitely need to check Jamie’s books out more closely. My five year old and I are on the outs….

  31. I would love to read this!! I cam always use fresh encouragement and perspective!

  32. would love to read this!
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  33. I’d love to win this. I don’t have the money for it right now, but would love the encouragement!

  34. debbie citta says:

    Sounds like a great book! Would love to have the chance to reset my perspective on Mothering! Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  35. I would love to win this Giveaway!
    I find I am spending a lot of my time trying to juggle 2 children and 2 “young people” Sometimes there are just not enough hours in the day, and I feel I should slow down and take the time to enjoy my family.

  36. I would love a copy of this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

  37. Bethany Park says:

    I would love to win a copy of Mindset for Moms because it’s just what I need right now! With two girls, aged 1 and 2, and a husband who has been overseas for 15 months, I am really at the end of my rope.

  38. Megan Kreitzberg says:

    I would love to win a copy! Thanks for the giveaway.

  39. I would love to win ths book!

  40. I would love a copy of this book! I have 3 boys – 6, 3, and 6 weeks. There are so many days I wish I could enjoy this time more.

  41. Oooh, I saw this recently and thought I could use this! I have 3 kiddos and work full time, life can be a bit challenging! Amy in CA

  42. I would love to win a copy of this book. I’ve had my eye on it since I saw it a few days ago…

  43. Thanks for a chance to win! Busy with a 6 yr old daughter, 5 yr old special needs daughter, and 3 month old son. Really could use some ideas to help me enjoy my children more in everyday life and be a fun mom!

  44. I would LOVE this book!

  45. As a mama to 5 children aged 7 – 24, and grammy to 2 children aged 13 months and 2; I find myself often needed to reboot my thinking! This book sounds like a wonderful help!

  46. This ebook would be an answered prayer as i try to juggle 2 boys and a job while living here in the middle east!

  47. Oh!! I would love this book.

  48. Christina Miller says:

    I would love a book like this! 🙂

  49. I would love to read this! With three young children and a husband who travels often for work, there are days when I feel as if I’m on “survival mode.” I would love some ideas on changing my thinking so I can enjoy this time more.

  50. I would love to receive your new book! I’m a 49 year old first-time mother of a 4-year old and while I relish each day, I could use your wisdom!!!!!!!!!! Thanks.