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8 Books for Weary Moms

Are you at the end of your rope? Me too, mama. This gig, what once felt like a dream come true, is suddenly choking me out, leaving me exhausted each and everyday, frustrated with my children and myself, and defeated in just about every way possible.

I've been a mom for nearly 5 years, and while that's not a very long time, it has given me plenty of time to experience so many highs and lows of parenting. In my experience, when I'm feeling weary, the only real thing that needs changing is my perspective. Kids are kids and life is life and there's not much that I can do about any of that. But I can give my mind a little refresher, a reminder of sorts, of my purpose right now and this job we call motherhood. Oftentimes, reading can be a great way to change my focus and recharge my soul. If reading works for you, too, then make sure to check out these 8 great books for weary moms...

  • Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist
    The perfect refreshing read for busy moms. This book is a collection of short stories (easy to read!) that will have you changing your perspective in no time. Niequist does a great job of finding the beautiful, big, God-given things that are so easily overlooked in the craziness of everyday life.

  • Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Melton
    I found myself nodding "yes!" and giving mental fist bumps all throughout this book. This book will make you feel less alone in this world and will give you basic tools for carrying on when the going gets rough.

  • Hands Free Mama by Rachel Stafford
    Life is busy and there are more distractions than ever, these days. Rachel's book gets to the heart of what matters. In her challenge to put phones away and to-do lists on hold, she encourages mothers to be present for their children. This book is a game changer.

  • Listen to Your Mother edited by Ann Imig
    A collection of essays that will have you crying, laughing, and everything in between. The authors are a diverse mix, but there are some universal truths you'll discover, too. This book explores all of the complexities of motherhood and celebrates women in a beautiful way. Such a fun thing to read!

  • Lose the Cape by Alexa Bigwarfe
    If you're feeling less than Supermom, then this book is for you. Bigwarfe tackles all sorts of parenting topics in this book, and gives you practical tips for "doing it all." From meal planning and budgeting to discipline and routine, your life will be running more smoothly in no time.

  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
    -Busy mother Gretchen Rubin realized one day how fast time was passing. She was sick of spending her life on things that didn't matter and decided to dedicate one year of her life to doing things that made her happy. This book is a chronicle of her "happiness project" and it's a great read for making your life better, now.

  • Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin
    A sequel, of sorts, to "The Happiness Project", this book focuses strictly on the home and life that happens there. It's a beautiful read about making the place you live a place that provides peace, comfort, and ultimately, happiness.

  • The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
    In today's society, we are sent millions of messages about who we should be and what our lives should look like. Motherhood is no different. Brown's book tackles the ever-challenging task of letting go of who society thinks you should be and celebrating who you actually are. Instead of feeling shame and guilt for your imperfections, you should embrace them.

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