How to be a Happy Mum, Some top tips from Netmums


How to be a Happy Mum– the netmums guide to a stress free life.

This is a big book chock bang full of sound ideas, shared experiences and points in the right direction. My children are 3 and 6 now and I found myself nodding along in agreement and saying ahh wish I had thought of that!

It’s a wise book, and easy read, accessible and totally non –patronizing

How to be a happy mum

Having young children is meant to be a happy time but as all mums know, purees spat out , teething problems that go on and on, long days, lonely days, feeling so tired you want to sob are all part of mummy reality too.  This book is focussed on looking out for you. The ten chapters in the book focus on the op 10 stressors mums have to cope with and each one sets out to help you relieve that stress.

I eagerly turned to the chapter on dirt doesn’t matter (much!) and found some brilliant tips on being more organised: fabulous. Just what I need. Some fab tips such as if your kids keep drawing at the kitchen table and you keep putting their art stuff back in the playroom day in and day out then just go with the flow and put a little art box in the kitchen. This never occurred to me but actually what a top idea!

Keeping a cloth and washing up liquid in bathroom and having a daily squirt and clean whilst a kid is getting dressed is a top plan. Oh I do like simple but effective tips! 

Listen to this one too…apparently if you fold a sheet down to half the size of a pillow case before popping it in the wash it will hardly come out creased at all!


Other chapters deal with work, discipline tiredness, partners, friends, and the unexpected and in fact all those issues that can get mums down.  I love the Count your blessing exercise they recommend to help you feel positive. It’s a plan to fill in a happiness diary each day with simple things like 10 reasons you are thankful for your health and 10 things you like about yourself. I always find simple positive psychology both effective and uplifting but it has to be accessible and this book nails that. It meets mums where there at and only give do-able advice.

A top book full of sharing, caring and good advice on how to be a happy mum.

Great stuff.

How to be a Happy Mum: The Netmums Guide to Stress-free Family Life
The book is published by Headline RRP. 12.99 Available form Amazon

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  1. March 4, 2011 / 10:27 am

    An art box is essential! I have one with a handle which can be carried from room to room easily. I also invested in a bench for the kitchen with a seat which lifts to reveal plentiful art storage space…best thing ever! The Treasure Box in my Something for the Weekend badge gets filled with different stuff for each crafty session and I open it dramatically, we wvwn have a chant to go with it ‘Magic Box, Magic Box, what have you got for us today?’ I take it into schools when I’m teaching and it always captures children’s imaginations!
    Thanks for linking again, that book looks fab…I have one or two friends who will be receiving it as a gift!

  2. Becky
    March 6, 2011 / 5:56 am

    I’m loving your chant how exciting! Thanks Chris

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