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Steady Days: A Journey Toward Intentional, Professional Motherhood Paperback – December 31, 2009
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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.
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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. I love her idea of rotating the structured play activities each day of the week, so the toys come out once per week for maximum "wow" effect. She even lists examples of what her own toy rotation might be. I found it very helpful to read the concrete examples. Matchbox cars one day, Legos another, dress-up another...she lists more, and reading it really helped me to get the picture of what structure play can look like for us. (On that note, I'm also enjoying "The Toddler's Busy Book" for activity suggestions.)
I love her 3-ring binder idea, a book that has all the essentials (calendar, to do lists...) that she keeps in the kitchen for repeated reference during the day. Organization central!
Anyway, I'm still working through the book, but it's helped us already, as I seek more structure in our daily lives. More rhythm and less chaos.
Thank you Jamie Martin, your book is a real blessing!