The Ambition Decisions by Hana Schank and Elizabeth Wallace is a terrific read for moms, new-moms, to-be moms, and even dads! This book aims to help women think about career and family in a new way. It breaks down “types” of moms into three categories: “High Achievers”, “Opt Outers”, and “Flex Lifers”. Essentially the women that are in high power jobs and are often times the bread winners in a family, the women that stay home full time, and the women that try to do it all. I think they miss a great big group of women who work as hard as high achievers because they have to. The book isn’t all that scientific, as it’s mostly a bunch of interviews the authors did with women they know. However, I still think it’s a great book for someone who is considering what their life will look like with kids, or people interested in entering the work force after a period of leave. I personally really enjoyed it.
Today I've got 3 books to recommend that aren't traditional self-help books, but rather books to inspire a more holistic lifestyle for you and/or your family.
#1 on the list: The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections by Amanda Blake Soule. I picked this book up at my local library and was pleasantly surprised to find some simple creative ideas to try out with my kids. Some ideas in this book include hand stitching, drawing time, making a "musical wall", using nature to decorate for special celebrations, and more. This book encourages you to access your own creative side, use what you have and natural materials from your environment, the rest will follow.
#2 How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature by Scott D. Sampson. This book is lengthy, covers ideas for a wide range of ages, and gets into some esoteric nature stuff, but I highly recommend it. If you value nature, curiosity, and connecting those two things for your children, this book will serve as a helpful guide. After reading this book I really enjoyed watching my 4 year old daughter explore in the backyard, covered in mud, finding ladybugs, completely uninhibited, just doing her thing. I had the added enjoyment of knowing that all of it is good for her.
#3 The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. I found this book to be a refreshing take on decluttering. Marie Kondo encourages you to go through your things (in a particular order, category by category) and ask yourself "does this thing spark joy?" If it does, keep it, if it doesn't, don't. In this way your things will begin to match up to your values, and allow you to live a more fulfilling life.