I had the opportunity to review an eBook recently that I really enjoyed. The author is Tamara Hancock- mother of five, mompreneur and freelancer.
When Tamara started writing her book, her goal was to share her parenting and work at home experiences with others. As she got into it, she realized that it was more about her insecurities. She writes…
There are a lot of moms out there, just like me who are afraid that everything they are doing to raise the next generation of the human race may very well be wrong.
I think we all have these feelings, but most of us don’t like talking about it. We feel like we must be the only ones with insecurities and so no one else could possibly understand. Tamara’s hope is that by sharing her story, other moms will see that they’re not alone.
One part that Tamara covers is the guilt that many of us work at home moms tend to heap upon ourselves. I used to try to do it all– running a business full time, taking care of the kids, all the while maintaining an immaculate house. Needless to say, that didn’t last long. Something had to give. Tamara’s words were such a relief to hear…
Gone are the days of June Cleaver and her immaculately kept house, manicured nails, and perfectly coiffed hair. In fact, in many conversations with my mother and hers, I’d go so far as to say that June Cleaver didn’t really exist in American households in the 50′s either. There is no need to feel guilt over that which we cannot do, we are all human. June Cleaver was a made-up sitcom wife, who has been placing guilt in the hearts of mom-trepreneurs for generations.
If only you could see me right now, you’d understand why it’s such a relief… I’m still wearing my gym clothes, hair up in a ponytail, no makeup and my daughter can draw on the tabletops with nothing but her fingertips.
It’s not that I’m always a slob or that my house is never clean. On the contrary, I’m pretty vain. I don’t usually leave the house without being somewhat presentable and I keep my house pretty clean. It’s just that I can’t keep up those standards all the time and expect my business to be successful. I’ve learned that it’s ok to prioritize and that not everything can be perfect all of the time (especially me).
Tamara’s book does a great job of telling us why it’s ok to not sweat the small stuff and focus on what’s important. Things that we already know? Yes. Things we allow ourselves to actually do? Probably not.
I really enjoyed Confessions. You can check it out at Tamara’s website.