Book Review- Spinning plates by Penny Clayton and Wendy Reus

Being a  mum of two and expecting baby number three it can often feel like I’m ‘Spinning Plates’ trying to run my 2 businesses. So when I came across this book I was interested in it immediately.

Parents can often feel guilty when making choices regarding work and often worry over that work/life balance. I’ve definitely been there myself. With my first child I went back to work full time, with my second I became a stay at home mum but felt like I wasn’t contributing and needed something for my brain so a year later set up my own business and now work from home around the children. As you can see I’ve tried several different options and by doing so believe I have found what’s right for me and my family, however I wish I’d had this book at the very start of my motherhood journey.

I found this to be a great book for new and expectant mums thinking about returning to work after their maternity leave. Even mums like me who have already returned to work can benefit from this book. It’s easy to read sections make it a great reference book for you to read but then be able to dip into over and over again. Not all sections will be relevant to everyone but that’s what makes it so fantastic, it’s not just an overview it goes into all your options in detail. Maybe over time you will change your mind about work options and this book will help you with that.

It starts discussing working whilst being pregnant which gives not only a mothers point of view but also the employers. It also provides well-being tips on how to look after yourself at this time. It has interesting chapters on childcare, maternity leave, returning to work, working from home and managing yourself and your home. It then moves onto areas that are more based on family, building children’s self-esteem, child’s education and family traditions and holidays. Each chapter is easy to read, easy to follow, friendly and full of very valuable information.

It contains lots of helpful tips and tricks to help you without criticising what you’re already doing, which is very important. This book doesn’t give you right or wrong answers it just gives you clear information within each option.  The authors’ obviously not only used their knowledge and own experiences to write this book but gathered lots of information from other mums, companies and agencies to provide the necessary information. They cross reference additional websites and books that might also be useful and at the end of the book they provide really thought of planners, checklists and recipes to use on a daily basis or when necessary.

This book is something that will definitely remain at the front of my bookcase and will be picked up and put down on many occasions throughout the year. Not just for tips on how to ‘spin plates’ or juggle but for tips on wellbeing, children’s education, holiday tips and as a reference guide for all those websites and books.

As someone who runs a networking business for mums in business I would highly recommend this to any mum to read as a starting point for deciding what is the best options for them and their family.

You can purchase Spinning Plates and view lots of useful info and articles online on the official website: www.spinningplatesuk.com

Review by Stacey Calder

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