(Roseville, Calif.) – Whether you’re a new mom just getting used to the idea, or one who has done diaper duty a few thousand times, you know how stressful the job can be. “Parenting isn’t easy, and I’ve seen so many moms who are stressed out, worn thin, exhausted, or just struggling in general. I’ve been there a time or two as well,” said Genny Heikka of Roseville, Calif.
Heikka’s children are now 12 and 14 years old. As they were growing up she discovered the key to enjoying motherhood was focusing not on the stress and difficult times she experienced, but the happiness, joy and laughter, like the time her kids asked if they could bring a couple of frogs home from Grandma and Grandpa's pond, and they brought six!
In her new book, Finding Mommy Bliss: Discovering Unexpected Joy in Everyday Moments (Hallway Publishing, 2014, $17.99) Heikka helps moms take steps toward the parental happiness that can sometimes be hiding at the bottom of the laundry pile. She includes stories from her experiences as a parent, along with practical advice, tips, inspirational verses and questions that moms can explore on their own or in a group setting.
Shared from her own perspective of faith, yet applicable to all moms, Heikka gives heartfelt encouragement and advice that has come out of her own successes and failures as a parent. “How moms feel matters to me because we mothers have such an impact on our kids—and the world,” said Heikka, who has been involved in several mentoring organizations for moms. They include MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), The Mom Initiative and Mentor Moms, a program through Youth for Christ.
“Being a mom can be stressful, but there are ways to keep that stress from swallowing our joy. Sometimes, we just need a little inspiration and encouragement to find those ways,” said Heikka.
Finding Mommy Bliss is filled with the humor, heartache, and humbling realizations that only parenting can bring. The book makes for an encouraging, easy read for the busy mom who needs a few minutes of inspiration.
Early reviews indicate this book is going to be an incredible resource for mothers everywhere. Susan Carraretto, co-founder of 5MinutesforMom.com said, “Motherhood is one of the toughest and most important jobs, yet there’s no training, no support, no pay and little respect. It can be hard to stay positive during the repetitive chores and exhausting routines. Finding Mommy Bliss is a much needed coach and cheerleader to remind mothers how to find their passion in parenting and joy in their children’s love.”
“Finding Mommy Bliss reminded me to stop for those moments – the ‘little pieces of bliss’ that Genny so eloquently refers to. Today, instead of rushing through our morning, we square danced, all of us together for a bit; it was wonderful. Thanks for this great reminder, Genny,” said Geralyn Broder Murray, author of From Pea to Pumpkin—A Pregnancy Journal, and A Light at the End of the Diaper Pail.
“In her book, Finding Mommy Bliss, Genny Heikka offers fresh insight for weary, worn out and overwhelmed moms. With a strong message of faith and hope, Genny helps moms discover unexpected joy somewhere between the dirty diapers, the overflowing mounds of laundry and the everyday pressures of parenting. I am honored to recommend this book as a great resource for moms and for small groups,” said Stephanie Shott, author, speaker and founder of TheMomInitiative.com.
For more information about Finding Mommy Bliss, visit http://gennyheikka.com/books. The book is available for purchase at bookstores everywhere, as well as online at BarnesandNoble.com and Amazon.com.