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Stretched Too Thin: How Working Moms Can Lose the Guilt, Work Smarter, and Thrive Hardcover – September 18, 2018
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"A lifeline of hope for the overwhelmed."--Jessica Honegger, founder of Noonday Collection and author of Imperfect Courage
As a working mom you can often feel like you're living stretched too thin. You want to thrive personally and professionally, but the day to day responsibilities and mental load can make that feel impossible. While periods of busyness are normal, if life feels overwhelming it's time for a reset. With compassion and encouragement, Jessica N. Turner shows you how to:
· work and parent guilt-free
· set achievable goals
· discover more flexibility
· establish clear work boundaries
· develop home management solutions
· become more efficient and less stressed
· prioritize self-care
· invest in your marriage
· cultivate deeper friendships
Want to embrace your many roles and learn solutions that really work? Let Stretched Too Thin empower you to make changes and live with contentment.
"Jessica Turner has done it again! In her signature style that's both relatable and knowledgeable, Jessica has created a useful playbook for working moms who suffer from being stretched too thin. This interactive, delightfully written book is full of practical, doable steps that will help women live a more joyful, intentional, and enjoyable working motherhood."--Meredith Sinclair, Today Show contributor and author of Well Played: The Ultimate Guide to Awakening Your Family's Playful Spirit
"Stretched Too Thin is an eye-opening guide on hitting the reset button, filtering through the 'busy-ness' of life, and focusing on what really matters. With just the right mix of research and story, Stretched Too Thin will resonate with every working mom who has ever wondered, Is there a better way?"--Nicole Feliciano, author of Mom Boss: Balancing Entrepreneurship, Kids, and Success
"Jessica is the working mom girlfriend we all want because she both gets what it is like to be in the trenches and has tons of answers. Stretched Too Thin's pages are filled with fresh insights and poignant stories, all offering a lifeline of hope for the overwhelmed. A must-read book."--Jessica Honegger, founder of Noonday Collection and author of Imperfect Courage: Living a Life of Purpose by Leaving Comfort and Going Scared
"What does it mean to let go of guilt, to work smarter, to thrive? While I've been given simple answers to these questions, I've never read anything as practical and empowering as Jessica's book. Her honest words connect deeply with the frustration and exhaustion I feel as a working mom. This book is going to change lives!"--Lisa Leonard, entrepreneur and founder of Lisa Leonard Designs
"As a full-time working mom of three kids twelve and under, I've basically been stretched too thin for a decade. This book, like Jessica herself, is the kind and practical friend that tells you you're going to be OK. With tips, stories, and encouragement from her own life as a working mom, Jessica reminds us of fresh ways to find margin in our days and joy in our callings."--Lisa-Jo Baker, bestselling author of Never Unfriended and Surprised by Motherhood
Jessica N. Turner is the author of the Wall Street Journal bestselling book The Fringe Hours and the founder of the popular lifestyle blog The Mom Creative. An award-winning marketing professional and speaker, Turner has been featured in numerous media outlets, including The Today Show, O Magazine, Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, and Inc.com. She and her husband, Matthew, live with their three children in Nashville, Tennessee.
About the Author
Jessica N. Turner is the author of the Wall Street Journal bestselling book The Fringe Hours and the founder of the popular lifestyle blog The Mom Creative. Additionally, she is an award-winning marketing professional, speaker, and freelance writer. She has been featured in numerous media outlets including The Today Show, O Magazine, Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, and Inc.com. She and her husband, Matthew, live with their three young children in Nashville, Tennessee.
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I look forward listening again and to reading the physical copy of the book so I can underline and take notes! #somuchgoodness
Like Jess' first book, one read is never enough!! If you are a working Mom, or if you are a mom who does #allthethings but don't feel like you're doing any of them well, you need to order this book!
Don’t get me wrong—there is a good deal of valuable information for working mothers of all economic and marital statuses in this book. Some of the tips for balancing time and prioritizing are helpful, as are the reminders that we are good mothers and loving our children well is the main standard there. I loved those parts of the book.
So here’s my issue: far too many of the suggestions and examples are only accessible to women with money (and a spouse in many cases). For instance, she mentions hiring a cleaning service to take that chore off her plate while suggesting working mothers figure out what can be similarly outsourced in their own lives. I know very few families who can afford such things, and far fewer single mothers who can. (I was a single mom for 10+ years and for many years could barely afford cleaning supplies much less a cleaning service!) Several times throughout the book she mentions taking girls trips, and not just a weekend at a local hotel but full fledged, fancy destination vacations with friends. While that sounds absolutely divine, it’s completely impractical for so many women. These are just two examples, but similar things are sprinkled throughout the book. Another issue for me was the assumption that all working mothers have offices or careers that allow for privacy, space, closed door work. I do have that kind of work environment, but I have countless friends who don’t. So many of them are working the line at fast food restaurants or registers at Target or cleaning buildings or some other job that doesn’t allow for such luxuries.
Please know that I am not bashing her or her family’s ability to afford such luxuries. I think it’s great they can! My problem with it all is this: despite all their promises to make life better and easier, so many books geared toward moms present ideas and lives that are hard to obtain/maintain, and that often leads to readers of those books being frustrated, dissatisfied, and hard on themselves for not being able to be, have, or do those things for their families. From my own experience this can be especially true for single moms with very limited resources. It can be devastating. All of this caused me to be very frustrated as I listened to the book because, for me, it fell into this trap.
Turner did mention once or twice that not everyone can afford such things and for readers to find their own shortcuts and self care strategies within their means, but it was very brief, almost an afterthought. Additionally, only once did she explicitly address single mothers, and that was when talking about a working mother’s relationship with her husband and how that chapter wasn’t for single moms. That wasn’t enough. I realize she has not been a single mother and cannot fully understand what that life entails, and I’m thankful she has not/cannot. Because of that, though, a great deal of her tips and suggestions are not practical for many single
mothers (at least the ones I know). This is yet another reason I feel the intended audience should have been more narrowly defined.
I realize my opinion of the book may very well be more clouded by my experiences and biases than I’m aware. Maybe other single moms or moms of lesser means don’t feel the same way, which is totally fine. All I know for sure is so much of the book put me right back in that place of sadness and desperation I used to find myself in as an impoverished single mother who was trying to do all these great things but failing miserably at most of them (because they weren’t realistic to begin with).
Overall, I believe this book has value. It is a good encouragement and resource for the audience it fits (and likely for those who it might not fit but go in knowing what to expect). Am I glad I read it? Sure. Will I read it again? No.