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As a work-at-home, homeschooling mom to three kids with special needs, I often feel stretched too thin. I frequently feel like I’m behind. I know I’m not alone in this feeling. My guess is that many moms feel this way. I read Stretched Too Thin by Jessica N. Turner with the hopes of learning how to be less overwhelmed.
About Stretched Too Thin by Jessica N. Turner
Turner juggles a lot. She works full-time at a marketing company, and she also runs a blog. She is married and has three kids.
The book has 10 chapters and seems to be naturally divided in two parts.
The first section is about learning where you currently are. She has you answer some questions and also asks you to keep track of how you spend your time in 15 minute increments for a week. Then, you evaluate that information and decide what you’d like to change. Finally, she helps you to set goals and explains why goal setting is so important.
The second part is the practical information. For instance, in the chapter “Practicing Self-Care,” Turner explains why self-care is so important and gives many suggestions for ways you can practice self-care.
Likewise, in the chapter, “Cultivating Deep Friendships,” she explains why friendships are so important and gives suggestions for forming deep friendships. She also admits that she’s often the one who has to plan outings with friends, and she’s okay with that because friendships are so important to her.
To read more about being a productive working mom, consider Smart Mom, Smart Mornings by Rachel Newcomb:
My Thoughts on the Book
Goal setting is very important to me, and even though I’m busy, I’m pretty good at using my time wisely, so the first few chapters weren’t that useful to me. If you don’t regularly set goals, that section could be valuable to you.
However, I did find the second half of Stretched Too Thin very helpful. I found suggestions I could use for spending more time with my husband and my kids. I appreciated the many, many suggestions that she gave. She does truly try to help people find a strategy that works no matter their preferences or choices.
One thing that bothered me a bit was that Turner relies on outsourcing a lot such as having her groceries delivered to her house, hiring someone to do her laundry during a busy period of her life, and hiring a housekeeper to come in every other week. Unfortunately, we’re not in the financial position to do this, so those strategies fell flat for me. I can see where some people might be turned off by these suggestions when they might not be practical for most families.
I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.