A FAB Mom and Her Empowering Book
Posted on August 22, 2017
Last year I got an email from Jill Simonian, a lovely lady who invited me to join her on a FB Live segment on CBS LA’s Facebook page. I checked out the website of this FAB Mom—FAB=Focus After Baby —and I loved her energy, authentic voice, and message of mindful parenting while “keeping your groove on.” Those of us who have watched Jill know she is contagious! You can’t just like her… you fall in love with her.
A couple of months ago she released her first book, The FAB Mom’s Guide: How to Get Over the Bump & Bounce Back After Baby, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Then I couldn’t put it down. She was real and relatable from the moment she explained why she wrote the book: “The loneliness of being a brand-new mother blind-sided me—I was the girl who always preferred to go shopping by myself, found comfort taking in an afternoon movie alone, and even savored having lunch totally solo before the days of smart phone companionship. But now, with a newborn, I felt lost.”
Jill’s book combines her clear perspective, clever tools and tips, and belly-laughing humor. I love the fact that she discovered many of her tools through her own personal experience in life and as a new mom. There’s a piece called “Tit’s up” that I’m not giving away here!
One of my favorite sections—it’s hard to pick just one—is “Loud Love With Your Baby.” She describes how she confronted her loneliness head on by partnering with her new baby. She would talk out loud, sing, and dance in the way one person would relate to another adult, not cooing or using baby language. No wonder her daughter was fully talking after a year and half.
She handled her baby’s crying as conversation as well. She noted, “I interpreted her crying in a way that helped me on a personal level: I reminded myself she was talking to me.” How brilliant is that. A crying baby often means frustration for a new mom, but Jill embraced patience instead. I wish I had had an inspiring guide full of Focus After Baby nuggets when my kids were little. She covers the entire spectrum of challenges—internal and external—with new dads, family and friends, body image, social media, chores, lack of sleep, and many more.
What I loved most about this useful, relatable, and thoroughly enjoyable read is that Jill reminds us to see our children as “real people.” As an advocate of mindful and conscious parenting, I know that seeing children as real people, no matter how young they are, is at the core of building lasting relationships with our kids.
I believe Jill’s book and message goes beyond pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood and belongs with books on mindful parenting, conscious parenting, motivation, personal growth, and self-help. Yes, it’s a simple DIY book, but it also nurtures the spirit and leads us to mindful and conscious living.
Order your copy here and be sure to write a review!