The Empowered Mama by Lisa Druxman

The Book ✯✯


In a sweetly colored work-guidebook combo, Druxman encourages mothers to take back their sense of self. Through exercises in self-care, encouragement to say no, and monthly challenges, mothers are reminded that they matter, too, and are given the tools to live a purposeful life while gaining the keys back to the soul they may be out of touch with.

While her heart seems to be in the right place and some of her suggestions hold true value, I also found myself raising my eyebrows at suggestions of hiring a laundry company or a virtual assistant to free up time during the day. Add in that the entire introduction is about "getting your body back" and a discussion on the evils of GMOs--while some are not the best to eat, others are healthy (think seedless grapes and sweet corn)--I found myself eye-rolling more often than nodding along.

I stuck with it until the very end and I found it redeemed itself a bit with the sections on giving, courting your spouse, and practicing gratitude.

If you're a mother desperate for any answers to help your mind and your life find peace, this is absolutely for you. But, if you're like I was and just looking for a sweet soulful lift on motherhood itself, take a pass.

Thank you to NetGalley, Lisa Druxman, and Quarto Publishing Group-Fair Winds Press for this free ARC in exchange for an honest review. 



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  1. bummer, but you stuck with it where I would have probably DNF ;)

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    1. I really, REALLY try to DNF as little as possible.

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  2. I have never been one into the whole self-help genre, which this seems to fall under. But when you mentioned that the author suggest hiring a laundry compain or VA it seems to be alittle impractical as that would help all mothers. Especially those on a budget.

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    2. Yeah, it might be where it is geared towards the same group of moms that her Stroller Strides Bob stroller is? That's $350 on wheels, so maybe that should have tipped me off that it isn't for all moms.

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  3. These types of books annoy the hell out of me. If you are exceptionally rich then hiring people is fine, for the everyday families this normally isn't possible, and would put more pressure on them to find the extra money each month. I also like to find my own feet in this world and not have some person telling me how I should be doing things. Great review.

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    1. It was... rough. She talks about how not everyone can afford things, so I'll get that out there. But for those that live on a budget the tips don't seem to hold quite as much water other than "try doing your laundry in 15 minutes instead of 30."

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  4. I wish I could hire someone to do my houses very large pile of laundry!! LOL

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