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Product Details

  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Infused Communications (December 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984124608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984124602
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Both inspirational and calming, energizing and relaxing, Steady Days provides realistic tips that challenge mothers without making us feel overwhelmed. Jamie Martin has crafted a stellar handbook for moms in need of affirmation." --Tsh Oxenreider, writer and editor of the popular blog SimpleMom.net

"We're all busy. We all wish we had more time to spend with our children. And we wish the time spent with our children was less harried, more meaningful, and more playful. Steady Days helps you achieve those goals. Read this wonderful book--it's worth it, for you and your children!" --Jennifer Trainer Thompson, author of The Joy of Family Traditions: A Season-by-Season Companion to 400 Celebrations and Activities

"Jamie Martin has mapped out an honest and personal approach to managing the complexities of modern family life. Her thoughtful and understanding manner will have parents and caregivers alike wanting to learn more about her ideas for building a steady and loving family." --Rae Grant, author of Crafting Fun: 101 Things to Make and Do with Kids and Cooking Fun: 121 Simple Recipes to Make with Kids

About the Author

Jamie Martin is the voice behind the inspiring blog SteadyMom.com and the editor of the blog SimpleHomeschool.net. Jamie immersed herself in motherhood by adding all three of her kids to the family in less than three years. The ensuing challenges (and occasional chaos!) sent Jamie on the lookout for ways to parent with purpose and professionalism. The practical tools and ideas in her book, Steady Days, are the result of that effort. Currently Jamie spends her days with her little people growing, exploring, and learning together.

More About the Author

Jamie immersed herself in motherhood by adding all three of her kids to the family in less than three years.

The ensuing challenges (and occasional chaos!) sent Jamie on the lookout for ways to parent with purpose and professionalism.

Jamie writes about intentional motherhood at SteadyMom.com and about home education at SimpleHomeschool.net. She is the author of 'Steady Days: A Journey Toward Intentional, Professional Motherhood' and 'Mindset for Moms: From Mundane to Marvelous Thinking in Just 30 Days'.

Currently Jamie spends her days with her little people growing, exploring, and learning together.

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Her book is divided into very small chapters, so I can grab a chapter quickly, whenever I have a moment.
Toni Turbeville
What I love about Jamie Martin's approach is that she encourages moms to see the real WHY of seeking out routine and - well - steadiness in our homes.
Megan
This book is a wonderful read, and I recommend it to anyone who desires to be a strong, professional mother!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 18, 2010
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A delightful and inspiring book! I'm a mom of three balancing family, work, and homeschool. What I value is practical, real-world advice on how to make the most of these days at home with my children. Steady Days gave me ideas for things I'd like to add into our daily rhythm and ways to make those changes possible. I've been especially inspired by the structured play ideas and the list of small changes to make. I also gained some perspective in the chapters on retaining enthusiasm for mothering - easy to do on the wonderful days, but a challenge on those difficult ones. Jamie has given moms practical, easy to implement tools for intentional, professional motherhood. A quick read, full of good information - perfect for busy parents!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Anna on August 30, 2010
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I have a slight problem with authority and rules. Therefore, it follows that I also have issues with schedules and organization. I mostly feel that all of those things cramp my style. I like to be able to run off and do things on the spur of the moment without worrying about what I'm not doing. However, I was definitely finding myself and the children to be in a rut. I noticed that the TV was slowly taking over our lives again, I was on the computer all day long, nothing was getting done around the house and we weren't rushing off on any exciting adventures; planned or unplanned. I felt as if we were slowly coming apart at the seams and life felt chaotic and harried all the time. Every member of the house could feel it too which was just making things worse.
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So, last week while I was perusing Amazon, "Steady Days" kept popping up on my recommended books list. On a complete whim, I put it in my cart and then ordered it. When it arrived, I was still very skeptical. This book had the potential of ruining my life and making me do things that I didn't want to do. For whatever reason, I picked it up before any of the other books (that I was much more excited about) and started reading.

One of the first thing I read as I flipped through the book was this,

"Some people think that if they become organized, they will lose their spontaneity and passion for living. Because they really value these qualities, they think they must accept their disorganization in order to maintain their free spirit. This doesn't have to be the case. Having a flexible structure helps you enjoy spontaneity. If you have taken the time to be organized in the things that matter most, then you will not feel behind.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 17, 2010
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I used to be a "professional" in the work place but feel like that has gone out the window since I decided to be a stay at home mother. This book is really helping me develop some structure in my day. I can't wait to implement some of the strategies and start with some "intentional" mothering! This is a great book to help Mothers efficiently navigate through their day.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By SageMama on January 13, 2010
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"Steady Days" is wonderful reminder for the importance of intention in our lives, especially when raising children. This little book was a fast read, but full of useful ideas and gentle nudges towards days filled with more intention and calm. And although this was a quick read, I know that I will be returning to this book often. My own son has just turned three and I feel now, more than ever, the importance of having a calm and "steady" rhythm to our days. I also really appreciated the idea of approaching motherhood in a professional way because whether you stay at home or work success in the family arena requires the same attention to detail and intention as any other choosen profession, and in "Stead Days" Martin lays out a great framework for finding a good balance.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JAN on February 9, 2010
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This book is excellent for moms who need practical and creative ideas to implement in the daily life of motherhood. If you are needing organization tips, there are many ideas for getting yourself organized. For those who love organization, this book has a wealth of ideas on how to stay organized! If you are overwhelmed by the idea of "schedules" and "organization", you can always tweak the ideas that the author gives to suit your lifestyle. Either way, it is a great addition to any mom's library. The author bases her practical tips and ideas on driving principles: Getting organized, retaining enthusiasm, learning together and making memories. It is a fast and easy read, which is a plus for any busy mom.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amy Finlay on April 21, 2010
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I have numerous books on parenting, and have taken bits and pieces from many of them, but this book is by far the most practical and useful to me. The book is full of helpful examples, not just vague generalizations. It is chock full of good ideas that one can immediately put into use to carve out reliable time to get things done, as well as realize your goals for your children and family.

I'm one of those people who resists routine and structure. I like to feel spontaneous, and structure tends to feel oppressive to me. But with a toddler, I NEED and WANT structure. If you're like me, you'll resist structure until the chaos tipping point makes you desperate for a semblance of order and control. I'm over the hump now, and I have to say it's nice on this side of things. Structure means I don't have to reinvent the wheel every two hours of the day, or every day of the week, which is just too much work! Organization allows me to think and plan during the rare times I'm CAPABLE of that during the week. The rest of the week I can coast. Routine allows me to rest, and as everyone says, children really do thrive in it.

Sunday evening is now my weekly plan time. I make a weekly to do list and a shopping list, which makes me feel on top of the essentials. With the shopping list made, I look forward to Monday, our new food shopping day. I've never had a food shopping "day" in my life, but for some reason I am enjoying this. (One of my big stresses lately has been getting meals together, and with this I know that I won't be left stressed and scrambling to put together a meal at any point during the week.)

I've also begun planning activities more intentionally for my daughter.
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