About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Monday, October 17, 2022

If Mama Ain't Happy: Why Minding Your Own Boundaries Is Good for the Whole Family by Rachel Norman

If Mama Ain't Happy: Why Minding Your Own Boundaries Is Good for the Whole Family

Are you weary? Stressed? Depressed, anxious, and annoyed? And, to top it all off, do you feel guilty for feeling bad? Rachel Norman gets you, mama. She knows how much you love your kids. And how, day after day, you put your family's needs first, which means your own needs come last. Or don't come at all.

Rachel used to be a mom who spent her days weary, anxious, and guilt laden. She had five kids in five years, lived on three different continents, and then was blindsided by a devastating health diagnosis. Neglecting her own physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional needs for so long--in an effort to be a selfless mother--had left her utterly depleted. And physically unwell. Then she began asking a question she'd never considered before: Could it be that taking good care of myself is not actually selfish, but maybe, just maybe, something a responsible adult does? In this countercultural book, Rachel takes some weight off your shoulders by

offering hands-on, rubber-meets-the-road strategies to cultivate a life you aren't trying to constantly escape
teaching you to discover and claim your own limits and boundaries so you can be a calm, resilient, peaceful mother
showing you how to shape your daily life and values around the few things that really matter, and how to let the rest go

If mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. But when mama is at peace? Everyone benefits.


Mothering is the most rewarding job ever, but oh my, it can be exhausting! Rachel Norman knows this and she's written a book to help others who are stressed out and worn out.  Her realization that she couldn't care for her family as she desired, if she was physically tired or emotionally drained, prompted her to change her life. She set out to improve her physical and emotional health, and now she's ready to help others because she knows that there's something to the age-old saying 'If mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy'

Norman relates the lessons she's learned by sharing her own experiences and she does this in a way that makes you feel like you're chatting with her over a cup of coffee. She offers encouragement for mothers of all ages: new mothers with babies or seasoned mothers raising teenagers, and reading this book will appeal to all of them. And then, in the final chapter, Norman shares the most important message of all. Mothers, and the way our society perceives them,  may have changed over the years but one thing remains the same. 'The God of yesterday, today, and tomorrow never changes.' All of us need to find our True North, and we also need to remember that happy moms raise happy kids.

Do yourself a favor and find a copy of this book for a big dose of hope and encouragement. If Mama Ain't Happy is a must-read for mothers!

I received a copy of this book from the author via FrontGate Media. There was no obligation for a positive review.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 



Rachel Norman is a mother, Language of Listening® parent coach, and certified baby and toddler sleep consultant. She is the founder of A Mother Far From Home - an online community dedicated to helping young mothers create peaceful and enjoyable lives for their families - reaching more than two million readers each year. Rachel resides in DeFuniak Springs, Florida with her husband and their five children.

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