How to Keep the YOU in Mum

How to Keep the YOU in MumBy Karyn Riley

A back-to-basics guide to rediscover your identity, have time for your priorities and find balance in your life.

Currently, there is very little support or information available for mothers on how to look after themselves, physically, psychologically and emotionally.

A mother’s well-being is not readily discussed at coffee groups, post-natal health checks or with business colleagues.

Many women become so immersed in the role of “mother” that they often forget and disconnect from who they are. They not only lose their identity, but their confidence, self-esteem, sense of purpose and motivation, too. This in turn impacts on time-management and life balance.
In our increasingly busy lives, many women feel isolated, time-poor, overwhelmed and exhausted. Mothers often experience guilt and pressure to conform to the unrealistic expectation of being the “perfect mother” – trying to be everything to everybody.

Many mothers give up or simply don’t know how or where to begin, with little or no time and energy left to make changes to turn their life around.
Many mothers are relieved to know that they are not alone – they aren’t the only one to find parenting and juggling numerous roles and responsibilities stressful, challenging and exhausting.

How to Keep the YOU in Mum provides mothers with a back-to-basics guide to rediscover their identity, have time for their priorities and find balance in their life; to value and prioritise self-care and simplify life, focusing on one thing at a time, one day at a time.

How to Keep the YOU in Mum is full of simple, practical, ‘how-to’ tips, ideas and examples to help make parenting easier. Covering topics that mothers commonly face, the book includes inspirational case studies, mums’ tips, thought-provoking questions, and a quick-reference chapter summary of tips for busy mothers.

How to Keep the YOU in Mum is available to purchase through Riley Life Parenting’s website www.rileylife.co.nz, New Zealand bookstores and online bookstores by request. RRP $29.99 (plus GST).

Author Karyn Riley is a Christchurch-based parent and women’s well-being specialist, NEXT business woman of the year finalist, speaker, contributing writer and mother of two.