Managing the Mommy Years: Effective Strategies for Coping with Motherhood
by Judy Myers

PranaCreations, 2009. ISBN 978-0-615-31777-9.
Reviewed by Jennifer Melville
Posted on 06/22/2010

Nonfiction: Life Lessons

Being a mom can be one of the most rewarding—and most stressful—jobs around. "It seems that almost every conversation I have with other Moms is about how to manage stress," Judy Myers writes in the introduction to her book, Managing the Mommy Years: Effective Strategies for Coping with Motherhood. "Every mom I talk to is desperately trying to figure out the best way to manage and reduce the amount of stress in her life."

Myers shares the methods she learned to reduce stress while raising her own three children, and they are both helpful and unique. What I liked most about this book is that it isn't like every other parenting book on the market. Myers says, "This is what worked for me," not "This is what will work for everyone." Not everything she suggests will work in your situation, but many of her ideas are sure to change your life.

I loved her idea to write morning pages, three pages of journaling each morning about anything at all. Myers found that this technique helped her get her stress out on paper, rather than on her husband and children. I liked this idea so much that I tried it myself. One afternoon when I was feeling particularly stressed, I cracked open a journal and began writing. It truly worked! I felt much better, I am so glad I didn't take all that frustration out on my husband.

I liked Myers' focus on the importance of discovering and understanding your true self. Her section on Enneagrams taught me a lot, especially after discovering that I am a Helper type just like her. Her examples allowed me to understand myself in a completely new light.

I also gleaned a lot from her "Life Lessons" section. My favorite piece of advice was "Surround yourself only with those who will enrich your life." Whether you are a mother or not, this advice will make your life a better experience!

If you're looking for new ways to relieve stress, this is a book for you. While not all of Myer's suggestions will fit your personality or lifestyle, plenty will. It's a book I'll come back to time and again, revisiting its well-underlined pages for ideas to reduce some of the stress that comes with being a mom. There's sure to be something in this book for you as well.

Judy Myers is the mother of three children. She is a long-time yoga practitioner, a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher, an avid writer, and an Enneagram enthusiast. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications, a Master's degree in Education, and is a certified Guidance counselor. Visit her website.

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