Just Plain Practical and Helpful Parenting Advice {Lose the Cape Review}

When I received my copy of Lose the Cape to review, I thought it was going to be another funny take on the humor of parenting.

But it wasn’t.

It was better. It was just plain practical and helpful parenting advice.

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Bunny, Bee and Butterfly are my heart, but they are also my major stressors.

I spend my days trying to educate, motivate, feed, transport and nurture my children. In short, it’s really exhausting.

I wanted to read the book because I thought it would make me laugh. I didn’t feel so alone in the pressures of managing to be a full-time wife and mother while working to bring in an income, all while being a loving, kind and let’s not forget the Pintastic crafty mom!

Instead, I finished reading the book feeling empowered to solve some of the lingering issues in our house.

Lose the Cape Book Breakdown

The book breaks down 11 Modern Mommy Stresses and gives the reader actual and practical tips along with solutions.

In each chapter, a “stress” is presented and described. As you read, you think of your own accounts of the same stress and you can feel the dread overwhelm you, especially on those hard days.

Then, they outline a series of tips that can make that stress a little more managable, like Tip 4 in Modern Mom Stress No. 6 ~ The Spouse Factor:

Divvy up the work, including the “INVISIBLE task list”!
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I’d like to think that I’m really good at this… except that invisible, ever growing task list that I never really tell to anyone else, but somehow I expect that I (and they) will accomplish.

Not to say I never thought about this, I was confronted with the solution, a real solution, that maybe, just maybe if I did would make my life a little easier. I determined that I actually tell my husband that I need his help on these things ~ all of these things.

My Favorite Chapter

My favorite chapter was Modern Mom Stress No. 11: Finding “Me” Time. I don’t find “me” time. To clarify, I’m learning to find “me” time. I’m trying to have a little bit of me back in my life, my marriage and my motherhood. Where do I find myself though?

Tip 1: Make a “happy” list.

Really? I don’t even know anymore. I haven’t done things that made “me” happy in so long.

I would love to play volleyball, but how do I find at least five other people who want to play between 9-10 p.m.?

I try to read, but I find myself falling asleep. I try to

I would love to get a massage, but those cost money.

I’m in search for “me” and making time is essential, regardless of whether I know who “me” is anymore.

Lose the Cape made me laugh about my experiences, reconsider how I manage my household and think about thing that would make my life easier.

Lose the Cape is a necessary read for any mom.

36 thoughts on “Just Plain Practical and Helpful Parenting Advice {Lose the Cape Review}”

  1. Hey April, this sounds like a great parenting book to read for any parent, one we can all relate to! Nice review and yes, “me” time is the one that can be tough for most of us to fit in. Hope you find some especially for Mother’s Day coming up..wishing you a good one 🙂

  2. I’m learning to use my “me” time to its fullest potential. This sounds like a great book. Adding it to my wish list now!

  3. I too, am working on finding “me time” but I often feel that there just isn’t enough time in the day, lol. I had some me time today. Took care of a few things that I let go (like my eyebrows, for one). Just know that you are not alone 🙂

  4. The Me time was one of my favorite chapters. I never get me time either! Today I went out to get flip flops alone and wound up with two kids in my car. What gives?

  5. Oh! That sounds great. As a mom, I always feel stressed, like I am not doing all that I should be. I need to read this.

  6. Jennifer Williams

    This sounds like a great book for parents. I have to admit the one thing I am good about is making me time. I workout daily by myself and my family knows if I do not I am grumpy so they all let me have my time!

  7. This sounds like a fun read and one that also that would leave you with some solutions to some everyday problems or issues for mom. I know I needed to “lose the cape” when my kids were younger.

  8. Thanks so much for checking out our book, and keep working for that “me” time. I know when I go without it for long stretches, I get crazy! 🙂 I made a happy list a few years ago. Sit with it and really think. I like lighting candles, smelly lotions and potions, sitting down for a nice beverage in my favorite mug. I’m sure you can find some small things in your day that will bring you smiles. Sometimes that’s all we get as moms. But we need to keep trying for the big “me” time gestures too. Good luck!

  9. This is actually something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. I’ve found myself overly stressed and needing to decompress so I’ve started making lists of activities I can do throughout the day to brighten up my spirits and make me feel less, bogged down. It’s only been a week now and I already feel ten times better! 🙂

  10. I work from home (full time VA) and takes care of two my boys. There are days when I find myself running after deadlines and running after my boys at the same time! We have days that are just plain crazy! This sounds like a good book, thanks for the amazing review!

  11. I’m not married and I do not have children. This certainly does sound like a book every Mom should read–it can’t hurt and it just might help!

  12. April! This post is so amazing! Thank you! I’m so glad that you found it so useful and love it this way. It makes my heart smile! And just WHEN are you going to guest post??? 🙂

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