Friday Faves!

photoFor the past three years, as most of you know, I have been working on a book about motherhood. The book has taken many different twists and turns. It started out as a book that was more of a “what to expect” book, which would guide moms through the motherhood journey from their child’s birth to leaving the nest. I felt that this would be helpful to moms at every stage of motherhood, whereas a mom of a toddler could be able to peek at what age 16 looks like. Well, the publishers and agents I queried did not agree. “The subject matter is too broad,” they said. “Moms want to read about whatever they are dealing with RIGHT NOW, such as, ‘My infant won’t sleep so I want to read about infants, not teenagers.’ ” Okay, fair enough.

After I moped around in my rejection haze for too long, I decided to change my focus a bit. One issue that is universal to moms no matter what stage they are in with their children is self-care. This is also an issue that nearly every mother struggles with, so, my new and improved book angle, which is in its final editing and polishing stage, covers how moms take care of themselves personally, relationally and professionally while raising their children. I am really excited about the project and hope that all the mothers who read it will find that it provides them with the tools to live more authentically and happily as they journey through motherhood. Personally, the research I have done for this book has taught me so much and has helped me find strength during times when I felt that my life had begun to spin out of control.

But here’s the catch. As I made the transition from Book #1 to Book #2, I had to leave a heaping amount of extremely valuable material on the cutting room floor… which leads me to my  Friday Faves. I have decided that every Friday, I am going to share some of my favorite quotes or stories from the 400 moms I surveyed and interviewed over the years for Book #1. Some of you readers will see yourselves in these quotes and stories. But your identity is safe with me!

The following story is this week’s Friday Fave:

A friend of mine, who we will call Ruth, explained to me how frustrated she was with her 10-year-old daughter who refused to pick up her clothes in her room after being asked to do so over and over again. One day Ruth walked into her daughter’s room and was furious when she saw her daughter’s clothes still covering the floor of her room. Ruth proceeded to take off all her clothes and drop them on the floor and said, “See, this is what it is like! This is my house and you are not picking up your clothes in my house, so I am going to leave my clothes on the floor of your room!”

And she stormed out of the room.

If you haven’t done something like this yet, you most likely will have moments when you will or will want to! Dramatic, yes, but surely Ruth’s daughter now thinks twice before she drops her clothes on the floor of her room. She may still do it, but she certainly will think about it differently. And at some point, she will have a great story to tell her own daughter when she won’t pick up her clothes in her room. “You’ll never believe what Grandma Ruth did when she was upset with me for not picking up the clothes my room.”

We moms have to give our kids some good stories to tell our own kids, don’t we?!

If you have any good, funny or memorable stories you’d like to share (and you can certainly request to remain anonymous), please email me at unscriptedmom@gmail.com. I would love to post them on my Friday Faves!

Comments

  1. findingninee says:

    While I think it sucks that your first book has so much left on the floor, I get that, actually. I started my blog with a whole idea that never really went anywhere other than a bunch of words. One day, I hope to re-assemble them and use them, somewhere. I think the idea of using your interviews here is awesome. Also, my dad used to tell us that whatever was on our floors on Friday night at 9pm was in the trash for Saturday morning pickup. It only took twice in digging through the garbage bags outside in the dark to stop leaving all of my clothes on the floor!

    • Thanks,Kristi! I like your style :)! And your dad was definitely on to something! Last winter I told the kids that if they didn’t put their shoes away when they came in the house, I would throw them in the snow bank outside. It was working until my son threw my husband’s shoes in the snowbank that he had left out. My husband put the kibosh on my plan immediately. I still think it was a good one :).

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