In her helpful book Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom, author and homeschool mom Tricia Goyer offers encouraging and practical tips for creating a life that leaves space for all of your callings.
Goyer is a prolific writer of both fiction and non-fiction, a homeschooler, and mother to six children, so you can probably imagine that her insights carry weight! While the book is practical, you won’t find a bunch of schedules and rules. Rather, Goyer’s tips focus on how to figure out what God has for you to do, how to tie your life’s themes to goals for your family and work, and how to keep first things first and avoid busyness even while living a full and productive life.
I appreciated Goyer’s decision to keep this book open and applicable by focusing on principles rather than too many techniques. Each family situation is different, and if you’re a working mom (or a working, homeschooling mom) your schedule and priorities are probably even more unique. I loved how Goyer returned again and again to the need to offer our lives, our gifts, and our schedules to God. The ideas of cutting out things we only do for other people’s approval, prioritizing gifts and opportunities, and relying on God’s strength rather than our own make this book applicable to all moms, no matter what your work looks like–whether you self-identify as working or WAHM or SAHM or PTHSJOATMON M(What? You haven’t heard of Part-Time, Home Schooling, Jack Of All Trades Master Of None Mom? I’m pretty sure it’s a thing.).
As someone who also balances writing for a living with mothering and homeschooling, I found Balanced inspiring and encouraging. However, even if you do something entirely different for your job, don’t homeschool, or consider yourself a full-time mom who pursues dreams on the side, I think this book would be helpful. Surely all mothers can relate to feeling pulled in many directions, and surely we can all use help in prioritizing. I’d recommend Goyer’s book to mothers in all sorts of different situations.
If you’re interested in these topics, you might want to check out Tricia Goyer’s Balance Challenge based on the book.
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