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Don't Sweat the Small Stuff for Moms

On April 10, 2012, the latest book in the Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff series will be released. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Moms: Simple Ways to Stress Less and Enjoy Your Family More promises some really great ways to reduce stress and find more joy in parenting.

I love these books. They are quick, easy reads with important messages. They are also the kind of books that someone like me, a busy mother on-the-go can pick up & read and then put down when I need to.

In the first new Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff book in nine years, Kristine Carlson shows how moms can live with less stress and more happiness. Carlson gives mothers tried-and-true advice that will empower them to find greater peace, joy, and harmony within themselves and their homes. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Moms reveals how to:

* Be a Mom, Not a Friend
* Balance Being a Woman and a Mom
* Pursue Your Passion, But Not at the Expense of Your Children
* Reclaim Your Family

Author Kristine Carlson shares lots of great tips in her book and here are a few that I know most mothers will definitely be able to relate to:

-The stuff that doesn’t seem important is.

For me, this seems to happen a lot. I think things are not that important and they end up being things that are so important to my children. My son wanted his Scout shirt to wear to a meeting a few weeks ago and I kind of blew it off because he is always misplacing it. We end up finding it weeks later. What my son failed to tell me is that they were taking pictures of their entire pack and he was the only kid without his Scout shirt. I didn’t think that it was important but it was very important to my son. We have since worked it out (they took another quick picture with all the boys in uniform) but I learned a lesson: I need to ask better questions of my children.

- The stuff that seems important isn’t.

I was worried earlier this year about a child that I was convinced was bullying my daughter. I thought that the situation was extremely important and it needed to be handled immediately with parents called in and everything. A week later and after one talking to from the teacher, the bullying never happened again. Glad that I stepped back just in time to let things work themselves out.

-When it comes to parenting, more isn’t always better.

This is so true in my house. My kids are definitely of the instant gratification era. They get pretty much anything they ask for and while my husband and I have been focusing on less stuff, we know that our children need to learn the value of working for something. With that in mind, we started giving them an allowance a few years ago and they are required to save up for things like extra games or toys that they really want. I think that it means so much more when they have to spend their own money.

Other Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff books:

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff–and it’s all small stuff
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff at Work
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff in Love
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Women: Simple and Practical Ways to Do What Matters Most and Find Time for You
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens: Simple Ways to Keep Your Cool in Stressful Times
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Men: Simple Ways to Minimize Stress in a Competitive World
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff with Your Family: Simple Ways to Keep Daily Responsibilities and Household Chaos From Taking Over Your Life
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff About Money (Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

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