The Clutter-Busting Handbook: Clean It Up, Clear It Out, and Keep Your Life Clutter Free, by Rita Emmett (Toronto, Ontario: HouseAn-chor Canada, 2005). The author of The Procrastinators Handbook offers a wealth of realistic ways to reduce clutter to simplify your life and be less stressed.
How She Really Does It: Secrets of Successful Stay-at-Work Moms, by Wendy Sachs (Cambridge, Mass.: DaCapo LifeLong, 2005). A former Dateline producer interviews successful working moms to create a list of the ways they found to balance work and mothering.
How to Simplify Your Life: Seven Practical Steps to Letting Go of Your Burdens and Living a Happier Life, by Tim Kustenmacher (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2004). If stress in your life is partly due to financial concerns, this program may help. The discussions of how to slow down and get out of debt are especially valuable.
It's My Pleasure: A Revolutionary Plan to Free Yourself from Guilt and Create the Life You Want, by Maria Rodale and Maya Rodale (New York: Free Press, 2005). A mother-daughter writing team offers good behavioral practices for reducing guilt and developing a more balanced, less stressed life.
Life Matters: Creating a Dynamic Balance of Work, Family, Time, and Money, by A. Roger Merrill and Rebecca R. Merrill (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2003). This book offers a wealth of strategies to help you balance all the different components in your life.
The Over-Scheduled Child, by Alvin Rosenfeld and Nicole Wise (New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2001). The authors make a compelling argument against what they consider "hyperparent-ing" and the impact it has on kids. Put this one on your "must-read" list, Mom.
Perfect Balance: Dr. Robert Greene's Breakthrough Program for Finding the Lifelong Hormonal Health You Deserve, by Robert Greene and Leah Feldon (New York: Clarkson Potter, 2005). If a hormonal imbalance could be contributing to your Motherhood Mania, this book might be your answer.
Putting Family First: Successful Strategies for Reclaiming Family Life in a Hurry-Up World, by William J. Doherty and Barbara Z. Carlson (New York: Owl Books, 2002). These wonderful authors offer sound advice about why it is so critical to take care of yourself and your family.
Who's Pulling Your Strings? How to Break the Cycle of Manipulation and Regain Control of Your Life, by Harriet B. Baiker (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2004). If you recognize that you're constantly being pulled by other people's aspirations and are manipulated by your own fears of failure, this book is for you. The author provides excellent activities to help you identify what's pulling your strings and how to break that destructive cycle.
Worried All the Time: Rediscovering the Joy in Parenthood in an Age of Anxiety, by David Anderegg (New York: Free Press, 2005). Just why do we worry so much, and what the heck do we feel so darn guilty about? Anderegg makes a clear case that we don't need to worry nearly as much as we do, because most of what we worry about just isn't that important to effective parenting in the long run.
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