Life with little ones is hard. Plain and simple.
There are days when it feels like bedtime will never come. Like the dirty laundry (or clean, but unfolded laundry) is literally taking over your house. Like the whining will never end.
On days like these, I have found a new book to turn to. The book is called Desperate:Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe, and it's written by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson.
I have read a ton of parenting books, but this one is unique. It's different than all others I've read before. In each chapter, both authors approach the topic at hand. Sarah Mae, as one who is still in the midst of diapers and fit-throwing. And then Sally, whose youngest child is long past this stage.
Including both perspectives was genius on the part of the authors and publisher. I could relate to Sarah in nearly every single illustration she offered because I too am in this stage of life. But I could look ahead to the future when I read Sally's thoughts and remind myself why my role is so important.
I'm the type of person who likes formulas. Tell me what to do, and I'll do it. A plus B equals C. Before I read this book, a part of me was hoping Sarah and Sally would offer a new parenting formula for me to try. Something that would help me not ever reach the "desperate" state again.
This book doesn't offer formulas.
What it does do, though, is something even better.
It offers freedom. Freedom to be the mom God created you to be.
It reminds moms everywhere that God didn't create us to do everything the same way. He gave us each unique gifts and personalities. Our goal, then, shouldn't be to do everything the same way. It should be to seek out the Lord and his desires for our family and then follow his direction.
I LOVED this book and would highly recommend you pick up a copy for yourself (if you're a mom of little ones) or for another mom in this often difficult stage of life.
Check out the Desperate website for more info!
*I received this book for free from Booksneeze, but all opinions in this review are my own.