Combining the thoughtful and expert narrative of a veteran mom of four children with the voices of hundreds of moms she surveyed, The Self-Care Solution offers insightful answers to poignant questions about how mothers take care of themselves, their relationships, and their jobs while raising their children―and how they don’t. Here, mothers reveal their struggles with self-care, and the consequences of neglecting themselves and their relationships, and share successful strategies to combat these issues.
Burton’s instructional guide to self-care for mothers is full of tips and techniques, and long on understanding and empathy. A mother of four, she realized that she couldn’t “handle everything on my plate,” and acknowledged her inability to ask for help. She also realized she wasn’t alone in her struggle. The result: this book. Clearly, Burton has done her research, as shown by the anonymous quotes from moms sprinkled throughout. The quotes provide reinforcement that moms everywhere face challenges and have their own fears and frustrations. The book starts well, offering straightforward advice about the benefits of exercise or sleep. Occasionally, Burton’s suggestions are light on substance, if well-intentioned (“Laugh. A lot”). Other sections are more substantive, such as one on sex and intimacy. The book also addresses the tension between working moms and SAHMS (stay at home moms), a point that comes across as a distracting digression from the main subject since Burton shows both groups are in equal need of a well-stocked “self-care toolbox.” She ends on a simple but strong note, reminding mothers that it’s important to “fulfill your children’s needs, not their wants.” (BookLife)