Often times, when I read a book by a Mom geared to Moms, I go through a strange cycle of elation and despair.
The cycle goes like this:
- Read book. Get super-psyched because now I have all the weaponry I need to attack the job of mothering and be super excellent, effective and efficient.
- Try to implement book ideas. Get mad at my kids when they don’t react like the book said they should.
- Yell at kids. Cry on the couch after they go to bed.
- Repeat step one (with a new book).
Letting Go of Perfect: Women, Expectations, and Authenticity by Amy E. Spiegel is not the kind of book that makes me go through this cycle. It’s not a how-to book, it’s a how-it-really-is book. Which is much more helpful.
In the following video, I share my reflections on Spiegel’s new book, a couple of my big takeaways, and why I believe this is a really helpful read for Moms who are sometimes just trying to make it through the day:
Title: Letting Go of Perfect: Women, Expectations, and Authenticity
Author: Amy E. Spiegel
Publisher: B&H Books (2012)