Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters!  -     By: Rachel Macy Stafford
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Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters!

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Are you tired of losing track of what matters most in life amidst technology, busyness, and unrealistic social pressures? Macy Stafford is, and in 2010 she began practicing simple strategies that enabled her to let go of daily distractions and re-establish meaningful connection. Here she shares the steps she used - so you can go hands-free, too!

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 0310338131
ISBN-13: 9780310338130
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“Rachel Macy Stafford's post "The Day I Stopped Saying Hurry Up" was a true phenomenon on The Huffington Post, igniting countless conversations online and off about freeing ourselves from the vicious cycle of keeping up with our overstuffed agendas. Hands Free Mama has the power to keep that conversation going and remind us that we must not let our lives pass us by.”

--Arianna Huffington, Chair, President, and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, nationally syndicated columnist, and author of thirteen books
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

DISCOVER THE POWER, JOY, AND LOVE of Living “Hands Free”

If technology is the new addiction, then multi-tasking is the new marching order. We check our email while cooking dinner, send a text while bathing the kids, and spend more time looking into electronic screens than into the eyes of our loved ones. With our never-ending to-do lists and jam-packed schedules, it’s no wonder we’re distracted.

But this isn’t the way it has to be. 

In July 2010, special education teacher and mother Rachel Macy Stafford decided enough was enough. Tired of losing track of what matters most in life, Rachel began practicing simple strategies that enabled her to momentarily let go of largely meaningless distractions and engage in meaningful soul-to-soul connections. She started a blog to chronicle her endeavors and soon saw how both external and internal distractions had been sabotaging her happiness and preventing her from bonding with the people she loves most.

Hands Free Mama is the digital society’s answer to finding balance in a media-saturated, perfection-obsessed world. It doesn’t mean giving up all technology forever. It doesn’t mean forgoing our jobs and responsibilities. What it does mean is seizing the little moments that life offers us to engage in real and meaningful interaction. It means looking our loved ones in the eye and giving them the gift of our undivided attention, leaving the laundry till later to dance with our kids in the rain, and living a present, authentic, and intentional life despite a world full of distractions.

So join Rachel and go hands-free. Discover what happens when you choose to open your heart—and your hands—to the possibilities of each God-given moment.

Author Bio

Rachel Macy Stafford is a New York Times bestselling author and a certified special education teacher with a Master’s Degree in education. A few years ago, this life-long writer felt compelled to share her journey to let go of distraction and grasp what really matters by creating what became the tremendously popular blog “Hands Free Mama.” Using her skills as a writer, teacher, and encourager, Rachel provides readers with simple, non-intimidating, and motivating methods to let go of distraction and connect with their loves ones. Rachel lives in Georgia with her husband and two children who inspire her daily. www.handsfreemama.com

 

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  1. Greenfield, IN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Book for 2014!!
    February 4, 2014
    mom3ways
    Greenfield, IN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As a mom who is bombarded with technology, it is so easy to get sucked into the tornado. With a push of a button I can check my children's grades, see how they are behaving is school today, see how much $ they have in their lunch account, I can check the weather radar, I can see if school is delayed, I can look at stranger's pictures, I can spend hours on Instagram and Pinterest, I can read a book, I can check on my Dragon City {it's awesome, by the way}, I can ignore a Candy Crush invite {again!}, I can check local gas prices, and the list goes on and on and on.

    What I love and appreciate about this book, is it makes me think. A lot. About the time I waste doing all the above things. About the junk that I let myself worry about. About the people I compare myself and my kids to. About the places I want to go/be/do. I love that she encourages moms to not only put down their {fill-in-the-blank} and make themselves accountable to someone else. No more distractions. Figure out what is most important right now. And be passionate about what your heart is telling you to do.

    Life is so short, and we are never guaranteed a tomorrow. I know I will not wish I'd spent more time on my phone. I do know I will regret wasting lots of time on unimportant things/people I don't even know/and the list could go on and on. So I am up to the challenge of becoming a Hands Free Mama!!!

    I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my review. All opinions and stories are mine.
  2. KS
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Encouraging book for the distracted, busy Mom.
    January 8, 2014
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    KS
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
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    Rachel Macy Stafford's book, Hands Free Mama, is "a guide to putting down the phone, burning the to-do list, and letting go of perfection to grasp what really matters!" Rachel takes readers on a journey from over-booked, technology-driven, distracted and rushed living to being able to focus on our families and truly living and enjoying each moment with them.

    This book isn't for everyone. I am sure there are some moms out there who are very in-the-moment, relaxed moms that need to read a book about adding more structure and organization to their lives. I am sure there are moms who avoid technology and over-burdening themselves with outside commitments who don't need this book.

    This book is for the rest of us who are struggling with being distracted by the internet, texts, emails, and phone calls. This book is for the moms who just can't say no, and end up giving too much energy to everyone but their families. This book is for the Moms who are trying to keep up - worried about serving the perfect meals, finding the perfect workout, keeping the house in perfect order, and missing out on the perfect moments to snuggle with their kids. In other words, while I'm sure there are some moms who don't need this book ... most of us can benefit from reading it.

    I don't have a smart phone. I don't volunteer for a ton of committees. I'm not busy driving around in car pool lines. I don't keep a perfectly organized home and I'm not trying to put together organic gourmet meals every day. But ... I do get distracted by my own projects, by the internet, and sometimes by books I'm reading. I frequently tell my kids "not now" because I don't want to stop what I'm doing to get into a messy project with them. I do find myself urging my kids to "hurry up" because I'm already the mom with the reputation of being late and I don't want to make it any worse. I'm already the mom with "all those kids" and I don't want them to draw any more attention than they have to. (Which is pretty funny, because my kids are adept at attracting attention from others - always have been.)

    As I read Rachel's book, I was convicted of too much time spent online, too many "not nows", and definitely too many "hurry ups". Rachel does an excellent job of reminding us how fleeting childhood is and how important it is to invest our time in our relationship with our children. She also points out how important it is to give our kids grace, and time to grow up and do things on their own. She reminds us to give ourselves grace, as well. Grace to forgive past mistakes, grace to accept that we aren't perfect but we're doing our best, grace to continue growing.

    Hands Free Mama was an encouraging book. It didn't just heap more guilt and frustration on me. Each chapter included weekly intentions, reflections, and reflection questions to help apply the chapter to your life. I did find that her ability to just let go and enjoy time with her kids is different than mine. I have a large family, with more kids who need me. I can't always be available to everyone. Meal times will always be more hectic at our house - with kids wanting to talk, hungry toddlers asking if they can have a snack while they eat, and phone calls interrupting the process. Loading up the van to go somewhere will be more stressful for me than for her. While I do need to just relax sometimes and not push so hard to get there on time, I also can't expect to never say, "hurry up" again. I can work on how I react to my stress and dawdling kids in those moments, though.

    I do recommend the book to any woman who feels God nudging her to set aside her distractions and focus on her family more. If you're even wondering if you should be more "Hands Free" that might be a hint you should read the book.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free (from Booksneeze and Zondervan) in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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