Introverted Mom: Your Guide to More Calm, Less Guilt, and Quiet Joy

Introverted Mom: Your Guide to More Calm, Less Guilt, and Quiet Joy

by Jamie C. Martin

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Overview

Your personality is a gift, not a liability. This book helps you uncover and embrace the hope, laughter, and joy of using your unique gifts to parent your children.

Life as a mom is LOUD, but you long for quiet.

When the volume of family life clashes with your personality, frustration, guilt, and overwhelm naturally result. In Introverted Mom, author Jamie C. Martin lifts these burdens from your shoulders, reminding you that your steady strength is exactly what your family needs in this chaotic world.

Jamie shares vulnerable stories from her own life as well as thoughts from other introverted mothers, letting you know you're not alone. Her practical suggestions and creative inspiration are enhanced with quotes and insights from four beloved writers—Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, L. M. Montgomery, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. Together, Jamie and this band of fellow introverts share their wisdom on . . .

  • Believing that you're enough
  • Self-acceptance that leads to freedom
  • Navigating heartache and disappointment
  • Stretching out of your comfort zone
  • Connecting with God as an introvert
  • Cultivating calm wherever you are
  • Defining for yourself what really matters

Whether you've just realized you're an introvert, or if you've known it all along, this book is for you. It's time to honor who you are and savor life as an introverted mom.

*Note: Written from a Christian perspective

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310354970
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 254,132
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Jamie Martin is a highly sensitive, introverted mama of three, who loves books, tea, and people (not always in that order) and avoids answering the phone when possible. Author of Give Your Child the World, she shares thoughts on parenting and personality over at introvertedmoms.com. She lives with her family in Connecticut.

Table of Contents

Introduction: You Might Be an Introverted Mother If 15

Part 1 The True Way to Live

Chapter 1 The distance is nothing 21

On Discovering You're an Introverted Mom

Retracing Childhood Clues

Reaching the Breaking Point

What I've Learned about Anger

Chapter 2 Learning how to sail 36

On Believing That You're Enough

Free to Be Who? On What Makes an Introvert

Sailing Your Ship: Lessons from Louisa May Alcott

An Introverted Mother's Promise

Chapter 3 A new day 52

On the Freedom That Comes from Acceptance

Self-Care versus Self-Improvement

A HUGE List of True Self-Care Ideas for the Introverted Mom

The Freedom of Discovering What's Yours

Part 2 Governing It Well

Chapter 4 No great loss 71

On Navigating Heartache and Disappointment

Dealing with, the Tough Stuff of Life Introvert-Style Keeping Out the Shadows: Lessons from L. M. Montgomery

Grace for the Introverted Mom

Chapter 5 Tenderness of heart 88

On Marriage and Raising Children

Sparkle and Glow: On Differing Personality Types in Marriage

Loud and Proud: On Raising Extroverted Children as an Introverted Mom

Alone, Together: On Connecting With and Raising Introverts

Chapter 6 Pruned down and branched out 105

On Stretching out of Our Comfort Zones

Even If It's Not a Definite Yes, It Could Still Be a Definite Yes

A (Hushed) Shout-Out to the Highly Sensitive

Kneeling in the Dirt, Waiting for the Growth

Part 3 A Better Guide

Chapter 7 Always good company 123

On Good Books and Good Friends

Bonded through Books: The Introverted Mom's Shortcut to Friendship

On Having Sense and Sensibility: Lessons from Jane Austen

Books Have Been My Counselors

Chapter 8 Feel a prayer 140

On Connecting with God as an Introvert

Walking the Road of Faith as an Introvert

Introverted Moments in the Bible

10 Ways to Avoid Awkward Church Greeting Times

Chapter 9 As the years pass 158

On Watching Tour Family Grow Up

Decisions, Decisions: What about School and Work?

On How It Gets Easier, but Also Harder

They Just Don't Do That Anymore

Part 4 Simple Little Pleasures

Chapter 10 In quiet places 175

On Cultivating Calm Wherever You Are

Quiet in Your World versus Quiet in Your Mind

Living Slow: Lessons from Laura Ingalls Wilder

A Dishwasher's Meditation

Chapter 11 Your own happiness 193

On Uncovering Joy

Stop Trying to Be Happy and You Just Might Be Happier

The Daily Checklist: A Tool for Prioritizing Positivity

If You Give an Introverted Mom a Smartphone

Chapter 12 A beautiful success 207

On Defining for Ourselves What Really Matters

A "Fruit-Filled" Life: A New Definition of Success

Brave and Bad: On Being a Successful Mother

Dear Mom of "That" Kid

An Introverted Mom's Manifesto 221

Epilogue: Dear Fellow Introverted Moms 224

Acknowledgments 226

Notes 229

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