Books Moms Need :: I’ve Been Thinking by Maria Shriver


It can be so difficult to find time to read for yourself when you are a mom. You have to shuttle your children around to lessons, school, play dates. You have to make dinner, put the laundry away, empty the dishwasher. You have to give bathes, read books to your children, and put them to bed. And then (finally!) find a little time for yourself. Chances are, you are so tired by that point, that you just fall asleep.

We all have so many things to do. But, one of the most important things we can do for our children is be a reading role model and one of the best things we can do for ourselves is take the time to sit and relax a moment – hopefully, with a book in our lap (or coming through our earbuds). 

I’ve Been Thinking…:Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life by Maria Shriver is a great book to start with, if you are not already in the habit of taking time for yourself to read. If you are already in the habit, it is a great one to add to your “to read” pile. It will make you think and maybe change the way you do some things. If you read it with a friend, it will help start some meaningful conversations – excellent book club selection! 

I’ve Been Thinking is a book of short essays. You can sit and read all of them over time or just a few at a time. I think this is a good book for reading first thing in the morning (if you can manage to wake up before the chaos starts). Think of it as a devotional or something to read to meditate on or reflect on in a journal. If you need something to add a little calm and thoughtfulness to your day – this book is for you. 

Learn more about it on Maria Shriver’s webpage.

Are you reading anything good? Let us know! 

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Valerie Byrd Fort was born in Florida, but when she was four years old, her family moved to the midlands and never looked back. She is mom to Katy (human) and to Lucky, Mozzy, and Penny (rescue dogs). She is married to Marty Fort, owner of the Lexington School of Music, Columbia Arts Academy, and Irmo Music Academy. She is an Instructor for the School of Library & Information Science at the University of South Carolina, where she teaches Children’s Literature to future classroom teachers and librarians. She is also Coordinator for Cocky's Reading Express, the University of South Carolina's literacy outreach program. Valerie is passionate about books, literacy, libraries, and reading aloud with children of ALL ages. She writes about books and other literacy related topics on her blog, Library Goddess. In her free time, Valerie enjoys reading, Barre3, going to Target and endless scrolling of social media  


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