In my April Happiness Project post last week, I mentioned a book called Mastering the Mommy Track: Juggling Career and Kids in Uncertain Times by Erin Flynn Jay. It was in that book that I got the inspiration to focus on Marriage for the month of April. A chapter about keeping romance alive in a marriage suggested focusing on “the marriage trunk of the family tree.” This was just one of the many helpful ideas I took from Mastering the Mommy Track.
The book is meant to be a guide for working moms- a helpful tool for navigating all the issues that come up when you find yourself spread too thin…career, children, partner, leisure, finances, etc. However, even as a stay-at-home mom, I found the book an excellent resource that applied to my situation, as well.
Mastering the Mommy Track is divided into four sections that cover four different types of issues: home, health, parenting, and work-life. Each section has chapters that detail important topics, like mental health, communication, and finances. Jay describes the common problems that arise within that topic and provides advice from experts on how to tackle those problems. Sprinkled throughout are Jay’s own experiences, as well as those from other working moms.
I liked this book because it gives specific actions you can incorporate into your life to cope with the struggles of being a parent. For example, the first chapter discusses “Mental Health: I Am Overwhelmed – How Can I Cope?” A tip that I thought was really smart was to take a few minutes each day to unwind before arriving home from work. The intent is to separate the two parts of your life and be in a family state-of-mind where you can enjoy your time with your kids.
I found myself relating to all of the issues that Jay described in Mastering the Mommy Track. Even without all the helpful suggestions, it’s comforting just to read the book knowing that other moms out there are experiencing the very same feelings you are.
Mastering the Mommy Track is an excellent resource for anyone who is thinking about having a baby, just had a baby, is considering going back to work, or is already a working mom. I will definitely be referring back to this book in the future as my life gets more complicated with an additional child and the possibility of returning to work or working from home.
*Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of this book for review purposes, however, all opinions and thoughts are my own.