Thanks to Rachel Macy Stafford, I am proud to share how we have made scheduling family time a priority in our lives. Here’s my honest review of Rachel’s fabulous new book, Hands Free Mama, which motivated my husband and me to make this positive change.
I would like to thank Rachel Macy Stafford and Zondervan for providing me with a review copy of this book. The opinions expressed herein are 100% my own, and were in no way influenced by receiving a review copy.
Re-reading each chapter inspires my husband and me to focus on things which really matter in our family – positivity, family togetherness and heartfelt appreciation for one another. We concentrate on cherishing the time we are blessed to spend together.
Rachel’s complete honesty and self-revelation in her personal anecdotes are a refreshing departure from the typical Parenting guide. She reveals how she too, battles the dragons of being connected to technology use, projects, volunteering and endless other To-Dos.
Hands Free Mama has rekindled my enthusiasm to be truly “present” with our children, as well as with my spouse.
The layout of the book is easy-to-follow and flows beautifully. Each bite-sized chapter offers Rachel’s honest experiences and her comforting, supportive guidance for how to avoid succumbing to technological distractions or lose sight of what is genuinely meaningful.
Each chapter’s “Hands Free Weekly Intentions” are practical things each of us may apply in our daily lives – even the busiest of parents. Rachel offers suggestions for how to let go of endless To-Do Lists and be “Hands Free” with our child(ren) during specific times of the day, without negating other important facets of our lives. In fact, she explains how we gain more by implementing her simple, time-tested strategies.
We especially enjoy Rachel’s “Hands Free Reflections” throughout the book. These meaningful reminders offer special, yet simple ways to connect with your child. Hubs and I wrote out our favorite ones, and we read them together with our children during 1-on-1 parent-child dates.
To close every chapter, there are “Reflection Questions”. Rachel gently offers challenges such as…
What small moments in the daily routine are you using to engage in human connection instead of digital distraction? What positive differences are you seeing? (chapter 3)
Do you put off spending time with loved ones or delay doing things you enjoy until certain duties are complete and you have “more time”? Does that ideal moment ever arrive? (chapter 4)
Yes, my friends. Answering these questions honestly is where you reap the greatest benefits while reading Hands Free Mama.
What we love most about Hands Free Mama is Rachel’s techniques for recognizing and cherishing the “sunset moments” within our daily lives to “live Hands Free to grasp what really matters.”
Having read several (and I do mean several!) guides and how-to parenting books, Hands Free Mama stands in a category all its own.
Rachel Macy Stafford’s book skillfully guides us along an otherwise scary path to “Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters”. As gatekeepers to our children’s joy and influencers of their mental wellness, we owe them this simple commitment.
Thank you, Rachel, for offering our family a painless path to Hands Free liberty!
We are committed to continuing to celebrate “sunset moments” from here forward.
Find Rachel Macy Stafford and her book Hands Free Mama in these lovely locations:
Rachel’s blog – Hands Free Mama
The Hands Free Revolution Page on Facebook
Rachel Macy Stafford is a certified special education teacher with a Master’s Degree in education and ten years of experience working with parents and children. In December 2010, this life-long writer felt compelled to share her journey to let go of distraction and grasp what really matters by creating the blog “Hands Free Mama.” Using her skills as a writer, teacher, and encourager, Rachel provides readers with simple, non-intimidating, and motivating methods to let go of distraction and connect with their loved ones. Rachel’s work has been featured in USA Today, TIME.com, MSN.com, PBS.org, The Huffington Post, and Reader’s Digest. Her blog currently averages one million visitors a month. Rachel recently released her first book, Hands Free Mama. http://www.amazon.com/Hands-Free-Mama-Putting-Perfection/dp/0310338131
I would like to thank Rachel Macy Stafford and Zondervan for providing me with a review copy of this book. The opinions expressed herein are my own, and were in no way influenced by receiving a review copy. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 […] : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”