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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (May 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572244534
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572244535
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 6.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

In this book, a life coach and mother of three shows busy moms how to meet the challenges of motherhood by balancing their lives, fulfilling themselves and raising their children to be appropriately independent.

More About the Author

Following graduation from Duke University, I obtained a Masters in Psychology. After working as a child and family therapist, I stayed home full-time with my children, and now work part-time as a life coach and author. My husband and I have three children.

Customer Reviews

Short chapters, quick & easy read.
Kelly Strong
This book has such great tips and ideas for helping me try to put my life back in balance.
Amazon Customer
I highly recommend this book - a manual, reference guide, best friend!
Christine Mirante

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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By DGVE on December 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book doesn't offer any recommendations for putting any of the advice re: better self-care in place except to suggest perhaps brewing your own coffee at home to save money to hire all the help one needs to make it all a reality. For those of us who already believe "if mama ain't happy ain't nobody happy" & set our coffee makers to brew for the morning promptly after getting our babies to sleep for the night, who would like nothing better than a regular date night with our husbands, some quality alone time, and regular refreshing breaks from our kids, this is a frustrating time-waster.

Perhaps much of this book's advice is better suited to mothers of older children who have enough disposable income to hire babysitters *and* housekeepers *and* take yoga classes *and* get monthly massages *and* take mini-vacations alone, etc..

The answer, I'm sorry to say (because it is far less satisfactory than blaming mothers for suffering martyrdom complexes & suggesting yoga to help mothers feel more "balanced") is a widespread cultural change that makes affordable child care the norm, and helps men & women shoulder the burdens of raising their children more evenly. A much more worthwhile read is "Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety" by Judith Warner.

I give "The Balanced Mom" two stars simply for acknowledging that motherhood is incredibly hard work and those doing that work need to be valued (and value themselves for doing it), which means taking necessary breaks for sustainable self-care.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
Being a Mom of 4 my life always feels our of balance. This book has such great tips and ideas for helping me try to put my life back in balance. I liked that it is a very easy read. I can read a few pages, put it down, and easily get back into it without having to read half the book over to figure out what I was reading last. Many of the ideas are easy to incorporate into your life. It like that the chapters are short and very well organized. If I find there's a part of my life that needs a little bit more balance I can easily just go to that chapter and find great ideas. I read the whole book through in 1 day and that was with many many interruptions from my kids and husband. Now as I work on different areas of my life I plan to focus more on the different chapters that pertain to those areas. I recommend this book to anyone who would like to try to put more balance into their lives. There are so many tips and ideas that I think everyone will find a few things in the book that will help I also like that she stresses that what works one day may not work another. I've read a lot of books about stress relief and getting organized and putting balance into your life and so many of them have such rigid routines or complicated plans that the book ends up being another source of stress. I don't find that with this book. Quick tips that help!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Isabel M. on July 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book - much of it is common sense but the author has a way of saying things that motivates you to do the things you know you need to do. I think the most valuable point she makes is about prioritizing spending money on babysitters so you get alone time or date nights. Almost every parent I know feels guilty about doing this and always say they can't afford it. She makes the point to look at where you spend your money and ask the question - does it truly reflect what you value? In other words, most of us won't think twice about spending it on clothes or on another activity for our children but won't spent it on untangible things like babysitting help.

The only reason it didn't get 4 stars is because the bulleted lists got a little irritating after awhile. I understand she was making it easy to read and to the point for busy moms but I still felt like it could have been written in prose style.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Delilah on January 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
Some of this book is definitely geared toward more seasoned moms with older/multiple children. But, I thoroughly enjoyed it as a first time mom. I read it when my baby was a few months old, and really appreciated the short yet meaningful chapters. If you can only find maybe 10-15 mins to read each day, this is a great book for you! I'm looking forward to reading it again when I have more time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Goldstein on December 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book changed my life! It gave me the insight into what it takes to balance my life. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for some straight forward advice on how to to have it all. Of course, we all know this isn't possible, but this books inspires us to try. It's a quick read and one I will be keeping in my nightstand for reference.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christine Mirante on April 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
I highly recommend this book - a manual, reference guide, best friend! Bria Simpson in The Balanced Mom has given me permission to do and not do things that have made a significant improvement in my new life as a first-time mom (toddler son now 20 mos): to arrange my events and responsibilities according to my own values (never did that before), to say no! (been hard but getting better), to take baby steps toward taking care of myself and finding creative opportunities to do so in the busiest and most exhaustive time of my life, to gently work through the emotions (that are all ACCEPTABLE and NATURAL and NORMAL) as I adjust to my "Past life" and current roles, and to keep the lines of communication open and pertinent with my husband and other key relationships. I have noticed in a few weeks that as I follow her suggestions and feel that IT'S OKAY TO BE GOOD TO ME - with even a fraction of the zeal with which I take care of the baby - I am feeling BETTER. I found specific tips and advice to overcome my specific challenges - how tough it's been staying motivated sometimes, getting to do the smallest things (read, write, watch an Adult DVD - make a cup of hot chocolate, visit a friend who just had a baby) that feed the other parts of my brain beside the mothering part of my soul. Bria Simpson makes it easy in this book of quick tips with a very honest, direct way of talking with the reader. I feel like she's the voice of reason helping me see through the clouds of total-baby-focus - it feels good to look up and see all the other parts of life light up. Like the airlines say, if you're traveling with an infant or child - always put your own oxygen mask on first.Read more ›
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