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The Gift of a Happy Mother

Letting Go of Perfection and Embracing Everyday Joy
Written by: Rebecca Eanes
Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
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Publisher's Summary

A supportive guide that gives busy moms permission to care for themselves, from a popular parenting blogger with one million Facebook followers.

"Would you rather have a perfect mom, or a happy one?" This is the question that popular parenting blogger Rebecca Eanes couldn't get out of her head. So she asked her school-age son, who didn't miss a beat in responding: "A happy one."

Thus began a journey of reflection and repair work, as Rebecca asked herself an even harder question: How can I rediscover everyday joy amid the chaos of schedules, homework, and housework - not to mention the guilt, comparisons, loneliness, fear, and overwhelm? In other words, how can I become a happy mom again?

In this relatable guide, Rebecca walks listeners through the process of getting back to happy, for your own sake as well as your family's. Going beyond the usual advice about finding balance, embracing gratitude, and not sweating the small stuff, her hard-won advice is written by a busy mom in the trenches. 

Topics include:

  • Letting go of perfection (or anything close to it)
  • Making peace with the past - including the pain of disappointment, loss, and the roads not taken
  • Tuning in to your own wants and needs - and tuning out the comparisons, "shoulds", and noise of social media
  • Finding magic in the mess
  • Choosing joy over fear and worry
  • Creating healthy boundaries so everyone in your life can thrive (including you!)

Filled with fresh insights, simple strategies, and aha moments, this is that rare audiobook you'll want to listen to, share, and return to for a booster shot of confidence, connection, and joy.

Includes a bonus PDF of “happiness habits” and journal prompts. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Rebecca Eanes (P)2019 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"Inspiring, heartfelt, practical, and a delightful read! Rebecca’s gift to the reader is like a compassionate embrace of a wise friend who's been there. She understands the journey, tells you the truth, helps you find clarity, eases your mind, and always sticks up for you." (Janet Lansbury, author of No Bad Kids and Elevating Child Care)

"Today’s moms are flooded with social media posts that perpetuate the false idea that they alone struggle with self-doubt, guilt, anxiety, and loneliness. Filled with gentle wisdom, honest revelations, and actionable steps, The Gift of a Happy Mother reminds us that the greatest gift we can give our children is our own contentment. Inspiring, comforting, and wise. A wonderful read!" (Susan Stiffelman, author of Parenting Without Power Struggles and Parenting with Presence

"Finally, someone has tackled the stumbling blocks of motherhood - the fear, worry, guilt, sadness, stress and your own inner critic. The Gift of a Happy Mother is sterling inspiration.... A happy mother is a gift to her child. Make this book a gift to both of you." (Susan Newman, PhD, social psychologist and author of Little Things Long Remembered: Making Your Children Feel Special Every Day

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Felt like I was being preached to

So the book started off saying that we’ve all been bombarded with what we know we should do to be happy. And that this book wasn’t going to do that. Well I tried - perhaps I didn’t give it long enough. It talked about journaling and gave up to 10 different things I was to make note of .... to me this book just did what it said it wasn’t going to do.

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Loved it!

With courage and vulnerability the author has gifted us a view of parenting from the inside out. Mothers who listen to this audiobook won't feel as alone in their frustration and fear, and will find a friendly voice to encourage expression of all the emotions that come with raising a child. Thank you Rebecca for your heartfelt work.

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  • Shenaaz Moos
  • 2019-04-20

A must read

I just finished my latest Audiobook by Rebecca Eanes, The Gift of a Happy Mother and it was amazing. I couldn’t stop nodding my head in agreement as I listened to her simple heartfelt wisdom. It’s a must read/listen for anyone struggling with the world of parenting perfection portrayed on social media, for the mom who just can’t anymore, the mom who is so unhappy and feeling ashamed because of it.
Shenaaz Moos - Happy Confident Me

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-07-19

One of the best books I’ve ever read!

I felt like the author was speaking right to me, it was everything I never knew I needed in my life. Effective parenting strategies, advice and mom humor you can’t go wrong reading this. Life changing.

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