31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom Giveaway with Arlene Pellicane

Today I’m super excited to introduce my friend, Arlene and she is guest posting on becoming a happy mom.

{Be sure to leave a comment today’s post for a chance to win one of two giveaway books.}

And guess what? Arlene interviewed many moms for her book including my friend Ruth Schwenk (co-author of Hoodwinked) and me!

Now meet my friend Arlene.

imageArlene Pellicane is a speaker and author of 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom. She and her husband live in Southern California with their three children (ages 5, 8 and 10). You can learn more about Arlene and find free resources to make your home happier at www.ArlenePellicane.com


When my son Ethan was in first grade, we had this little talk after he received an academic award. “I’m so proud that you are well-behaved at school,” I said beaming. “Oh yes,” Ethan replied. “I’m very well behaved at school. I’m much worse at home because I fight with Noelle!”

Isn’t it true we can be well-behaved and pleasant with others but we have a much harder time acting happy and agreeable with family members? As a mom, you know how it feels to start the day like Mary Poppins and go to bed as Cruella De Vil.

Why are moms today stressed out, pooped out, and overwhelmed much of the time? Part of the answer lies in this quote from Erma Bombeck:

Do you know what you call those who use towels and never wash them, eat meals and never do the dishes, sit in rooms they never clean, and are entertained till they drop? If you have just answered, “A house guest,” you’re wrong because I have just described my kids.
If that scenario sounds familiar, get ready for a change! You are not running a hotel; you are managing a home. You don’t have guests to cater to; you have children to raise. We can easily get caught up in the mommy culture around us where the roles have been hijacked. Kids are calling the shots and moms are taking the orders. When that happens, unhappiness reigns supreme, not just for moms, but for kids too.

It’s time to put more “happy” in your home by getting our roles straight!

imageNow for the giveaway.
Two fabulous people will win a copy of Arlene’s book, 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom.

Leave a comment about why you could use some encouragement as a mom today. Can you relate to having a harder time acting agreeable at home as opposed to with others?

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  1. I’m always in need of some encouragement! I homeschool my 6 year old son and 2 year old daughter, and struggle with being a happy presence in my home because of the stress I endure related to this and other issues. My 6 year old recently had a meltdown because his beloved Woody toy went missing and this Mama couldn’t find it. The fit-throwing always makes me want to collapse and cry it out! This book sounds like a book I desperately need to read!!! I want a calmer, more well-managed house, complete with a happy Mama!

  2. Some days it’s hard to keep going. I am so tired. I’ve been a single mom since my twins were 10 months old and it gets tiring. Very tiring.

  3. As mom of 4, I feel overwhelmed more often than not, but I know these days are fleeting and want more “Happy” in our home every day, not just once-in-a-blue-moon special events!

  4. I could use mom encouragement because after a year I am still working on being an effective stay at home mom. I struggle to take any time for me for solitude and spiritual renewal. I avoid “me” time cause it makes me feel guilty and selfish but I know it’s somethbg that would be fit everyone in the long run.

  5. I could benefit from this bed greatly! Three kids (7.5, 6 and 3 years) – with school and all the activities and volunteer stuff I feel stretched and lose patience by the end of the day! Could really use a mindset change!!! xo

  6. I would love to see what advice and encouragement your book has to offer. I’m desperate for a change in our family dynamic. Thank you for the chance to win. :)

  7. Wow. I need to learn how to be a happy mom again.
    I’m finishing my second year as a widow, missing my best friend and partner. I thought it would get easier, but it seems to just get real-er! I was praying this morning that my sadness would not make our son’s life sad too. I long for us to be overcomers and to live lives that honor my husband’s commitment to us and to his Heavenly Father.

  8. Oh how I can relate to this! I have 4 kids (10, 8, 6 & 4) and work full-time outside the home. While I’m at work, I think about seeing my kids. But the minute I step in the house in the evening, the chaos sets in and all visions of a happy mommy are shattered. I need to cook dinner, feed the kids, shuttle them off to sports/activities all while barking orders about homework. Geesh. Not exactly what I’d call enjoying motherhood.

  9. I could definitely use some encouragement along this motherhood journey. I’d love to win a copy of the book!

  10. My baby is sick and so I’m running on very little sleep. I could really use some encouragement and hugs today.

  11. I could use a LOT of encouragement in my role as a mom. I’m struggling with having to repeat and beg and beg my kids to do what I ask. I’m tired of the constant clothes and toys on the floor. I would LOVE to read this book to get some help with how to solve these issues!!!!!!

  12. This seems like an awesome book! One I could really use right about now. I would love to win this giveaway! God Bless

  13. Oh gosh.. why COULDN’T I would be the question :)
    Sometimes it feels as though your carrying a LOAD and you won’t be able to make it.. encouragement is sometimes all that is needed to lighten that load..

  14. Every mom needs encouragement at some point. I often feel a lack of enthusiasm for the day to day grind of being a parent. Wish I could find that joy I had when I held that little newborn in my arms!

  15. Wow! Reading all these posts makes me feel guilty for adding mine, but I adopted my 6 and 7 yr. old great grandchildren and am temporarily housing my two adult daughters with 5 children between them. It seems lately I am going to bed and waking up Cruella. I would so greatly appreciate this book.
    Guilt ridden!

  16. My beautiful daughter is a lively mother of three – seven year old (diagnosed with JD at 4) four year old and precious baby girl who has achondroplasia. School, sports and church need balance. The medical needs for child 1 would tire anyone – now similar if not more needs for child three. I want the book for her!

  17. Sometimes I feel like I need encouragement myself, but many other times I struggle with having the right words to encourage another mom in my circle of friends who is worn down at that moment. Most moms are familiar with the “too hungry or worried to sleep, too tired or worried to eat” scenario that we all face at times. (Or sometimes, it’s just the opposite…so worried the temptation is to eat or sleep excessively!) I wish I had the right Bible based words and actions at the right time to help others when I see them at that point. Thanks for taking the time to put this together!

  18. I would love to read this book. I feel like I never make it through a day without wishing for a do-over. I love my kids but wish I had more patience and motivation. Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. This looks like a good book for every mom. I help lead a Moms group and am looking for something helpful and biblical to be the theme for this year. This just might be it. Thank you.

  20. I am an empty nester, but by daughter is a single mom making me the not so empty nester to my 3 year old grandson. I am sure this would help both her and me!!

  21. Wow, I think my dreams just came true with this. My husband and I have a 22yr old, 20 yr old AND A 5 YR OLD…..I think I may be goung insane,lol. I definitely feel like a door mat with him, he more than walks all over me. I have even said or screamed out loud that I’m not a maid I’m a mom. 14 yrs in between kids is a blessing and God answered our prayers BUT now I’m losing my mind. <3

  22. Thanks for this offer ladies. I am praying for finding balance and living in the moment this Fall. I will be entering one of the busiest seasons ever and want to make sure that my family, with the little time we alwill be together is positive and uplifting, not frantic and without patience!

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