How many times have we thought to ourselves:
“How in the world can I manage it all?”
Well mother, wife, writer, lifestyle parenting blogger and now author – Audrey Griffin is determined to show mothers how to handle it all in her debut self-help book, The Day I Took Off My Cape. The book not only gives practical advice to moms who are faced with trying to be Superwoman, but it gives a glimpse into what it is really like to be a NBA wife.
The book starts off with a moving introduction about Griffin’s background as a track and field athlete. The story also covers her family, meeting her husband, her heart wrenching decision to leave college as a sophomore, and her husband’s first game in the National Basketball Association.
From the start, I was relieved by Griffin’s honesty about the struggles she faced despite her seemingly perfect life as a NBA wife.
The book is then divided into 10 chapters that address topics such as: childbirth, time management, fashion, marriage and in-laws, forgiveness and of course taking the “cape” off.
Each chapter recounts Griffin’s experiences as mother and wife. The book then ends with practical tips to help remove the “cape” that many mothers carry. For example, in chapter 4 Griffin gives advice on managing your child’s activities when everyone is doing something different.
“I also try and plan their activities at the beginning of the year so their schedules don’t conflict with one another.” —Audrey Griffin (page 37)
Another key point of The Day I Took Off My Cape is Audrey’s determination to finish college. She encourages moms to write down a plan of action on paper so they can “visualize what they want.”
The Day I Took Off My Cape is an amazing book for moms trying to balance it all, here is why:
1. The book is organized in a way that makes it easy for moms to find the information they desire at any specific time.
2. The book gives examples of Audrey overcoming life’s obstacles so she could become a successful mom, wife and blogger. She does not “sugar coat” her struggles. She candidly discusses her decision to leave college as a sophomore and how it conflicted with some of her family members views. In addition, she discusses the “not so glamorous” life of having a husband who could be traded at any time.
3. The journal aspect of the book is a great tool for moms to record their aspirations and game plans.
In summary, the personal stories will make you laugh, cry, sympathize and congratulate Audrey for being able to “take the cape off”.
The book is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon and Audrey’s personal website at www.removeyourcape.com.
Words By: Franchesca Lane-Warren