Monday, July 13, 2015

BOOK TOUR: Guilt Free Motherhood by Amber Khan

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Title: Guilt Free Motherhood: A 5-Step Guide to Reclaiming Your Time, Health & Well-Being
Author: Amber Khan
Publisher: Rethink Press
Pages: 156
Genre: Nonfiction/Parenting/Motherhood
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Guilt Free Motherhood: A 5 Step Guide to Reclaiming Your Time, Health & Well-Being is available at Amazon US & Amazon UK.
Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.

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Synopsis: Own your happiness. Reclaim your well-being. Make a guilt-free lifestyle, your choice of living!

Do you think being a 'super mum' is your only option?
Do you neglect your own health while caring for others?
Do you struggle to maintain a happy work/life balance?
Do you often feel stressed and burnt-out? Then you may be suffering from 'Mummy Guilt'.

Guilt Free Motherhood will guide you to:

Ignite your passion to bring balance to your life;
Take practical steps towards self-care;
De-clutter your space, schedules and relationships;
Let go of the 'super mum' and the 'control freak' inside of you;
Practical ways of recharging your batteries.

A mother's journey should not be, and need not be, a GUILT trip. Guilt Free Motherhood gives you the tools you need to start living a more contented, healthy and energised lifestyle today - right in the midst of motherhood.

My review: I wish I would have had a reference like this thirty years ago! Every mother should read this book and take it to heart.  There is a lot of good advice on taking care of yourself, decluttering your life and home, letting go of the need to control everything.  At the end of the book are several case studies, which I found very interesting.  I think almost everyone could find someone there who is relatable, and you can see how she found her way out of the guilt.

There was obviously a lot of time and effort put into this book, and I hope that it finds its way into the hands of mothers everywhere. I for one will be passing my copy on to my daughter, who is expecting her second child in September.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**

My rating: Five stars


Book Excerpt:
I think you’ll agree that the most important emotional issue a majority of mothers face, especially twenty-first century mothers, is the feeling of guilt. The spectrum of guilt is wide and varied, ranging from feeling guilty about not doing enough for your children, to feeling guilty about spending time or money on your own well-being, with hundreds more guilty feelings in between. I believe that a mother’s journey should not be, and need not be, a guilt trip.

The purpose of this book is to show how a mother can live a refreshing, blissful and blossoming lifestyle through a guided five-step process by letting go of the mummy guilt that makes us sacrifice our health, career and relationships.

Mummy guilt can be defined as the feeling of self-condemnation that we experience when thoughts of spending time and money on ourselves seem selfish. It can also be understood as the constant worry we feel for our kids which eventually turns into guilt. In fact, anyone caring for children is bound to experience similar guilty feelings.

Mummy guilt can start as early as when the pink stripes show up on your pregnancy test. I used to feel guilty about anything when I was expecting my first child. The first trimester was very tough. I could hardly keep food down, felt nauseous and weak, and worried constantly how it would affect the growth of my baby. Guilt sowed its seeds in me at the very start of my motherhood journey.

Later on, if I left kids at home with hubby for an hour or two, I felt guilty. When I went to work after dropping my baby at the nursery, I felt guilty. When I decided to be a stay-at-home mum, I felt guilt about abandoning my career. When I wanted to join the gym (to lose the extra 20kg I had gained during pregnancy) and regain my self-confidence, I felt guilty about spending that time and money on myself. Even going out (once in a blue moon) with friends, always turned into a guilt trip. Is a mother taking care of herself to keep her sanity and health, really a selfish act?

Well in my case the lack of self-care eventually turned into health problems. Back problems, weak joints, weak and injury-prone muscles, and I was only in my twenties! Problems that, you’d normally associate with old age, maybe. For almost a decade I neglected my health; it eventually took my left knee giving way to make me realise that if I didn't take care of myself now, I would soon end up miserable, in pain and maybe even run out of recovery options. What good would I be to my family then? Will husband have to quit work simply to look after me and the kids?

I know most of us are constrained by financial or support issues. I should know! Aged twenty-three, new mum, in a new country with no friends or family -- that was me over a decade ago. I tried to be a ‘supermum’ thinking I could manage it all. Even when my husband offered to help I’d often decline, thinking I could do it better because a job half done, or not finished to my standards, would only frustrate me more. I neglected my health, and felt stressed and exhausted most of the time. I was trapped by mummy guilt.

 photo Amber Khan_zpscsdrqxee.jpgAbout the author
Amber Khan is a Lifestyle Mentor, Speaker, Author, sports enthusiast and a proud mum of three. She is the founder of Guilt Free Living which provides tools for the mothers to help them live a fulfilling, healthy & energised lifestyle. She has run retreats, given talks and written articles on the importance of wellness and how to re-energise the tired minds and bodies of mothers. She has authored Guilt Free Motherhood - A 5 Step Guide to Reclaiming Your Time, Health and Well-Being

Amber currently resides in London, UK with her husband and their three children.

For More Information
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