Hands Free Mama is for parents who can’t seem to get enough kid time because of the relentless distractions from all the screens and undone tasks surrounding them. It is for busy parents who continually say to their kids things like “Hurry up!” and “Give me a minute.”
This is the book for 2014 parents, the first year in history when every parent and child has a computer, a smartphone, a tablet, a TV, and a host of other screens telling them what to do. We are all bombarded with messages from people who want something via email, social media, telephone, text message, and more. We are distracted by the siren calls of the world, and as a result we are disconnected from each other.
Rachel Stafford is the voice of this generation of parents living the digital family lifestyle. Her message is simple. Be the kind of parent who can regularly disconnect from mobile devices and to-do lists in order to connect with your child.
As for the style of the book, I would describe it as a combination of personal anecdotes and reflective writing about her conversion from tiger mom to tender mom. She does not slap you in the face and shame you. Instead, she humbly confesses her past failures and brings you into her current lifestyle transformation. She writes from the heart, and her fans adore her vulnerability and her clarity of message. The Hand Free Mama blog is a huge success because she gets in her readers’ hearts and stirs things up that need stirring.
Stafford’s target audience is mothers, but fathers, teachers, and grandparents will easily translate her message. As a father, I am moved to make some changes in the year ahead to be a more hands free dad.
I have no doubt that this book will make an impact on families this year.