by Liz Swenson
Being a mom is HARD—don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. The first few months (or let’s be real, 18 years) after bringing a new baby home can be tiring and messy. Mothers need encouragement, inspiration, and a good laugh. You Got This, Mama!: From Boobs to Blowouts, a Survival Guide for New Mothers is a visual guide to new motherhood with illustrated quotes, hilarious infographics, and encouraging thoughts to power new moms through another day. Real, honest, and beautifully designed, this is the guide for moms that we didn’t know we needed.
Over 90 percent of new mothers will have scary, intrusive thoughts about their baby and themselves. What if I drop him? What if I snap and hurt my baby? Mothering is so hard—I don’t know if I really want to do this anymore. Gosh, I’m so terrible for thinking that! Yet for too many mothers, those thoughts remain secret, hidden away in a place of shame that can quickly grow into anxiety, postpartum depression, and even self-harm. But here’s the good news: you CAN feel better!
Motherhood is such a unique role. It can tax a mom’s energy (and sanity) while bringing unfathomable love and joy. Surviving the world’s greatest and most difficult job often means mothers have to take it one day at a time. With 365 gorgeously designed quotes about motherhood, one for every day of the year, Daily Motherhood is the perfect gift for every mother in the trenches. This beautiful quote book will inspire, uplift, and energize moms day by day, reminding them why they do what they do.
by Bonnie Compton
Mothering with Courage provides guidance for mothers to self-reflect and dig deep to discover what is important to them from their own perspective. Only from that space can a mother discover how to be the best, most authentic mother for her child.
by Cathryn Monro
Spilt Milk Yoga is a companion guide for mothers who want to experience the happiness, peace, and purpose available in each moment, and who want to be more present and connected to themselves and their children.
Author Cathryn Monro combines personal experience, honesty, and humour to acknowledge the moments when motherhood stretches us to the edges of our tolerance, patience, anger, and exhaustion and asks; “Will motherhood ruin my life?” “What happened to my body and my career?” “How do I achieve anything?” “Am I doing it right?” “Whose anger is this?” “Is an ordinary life good enough?”
Spilt Milk Yoga approaches motherhood as a path offering life’s richest and most profound lessons on love, acceptance and joy. Through guided self-inquiry the challenges become opportunities to grow, not in spite of motherhood, but because of it.
How to Raise Perfectly Imperfect Kids and Be OK with It
by Lisa Sugarman
Helicopter parent, tiger parent . . . lawnmower parent?
Generation Z has a reputation of entitlement, but this attitude is often fostered by parents who mow down every obstacle in their child’s path, never letting them fail. In How to Raise Perfectly Imperfect Kids and Be OK with It, humorist Lisa Sugarman takes her humanistic approach to parenting Gen Z kids and tells it like it is. Sugarman reminds parents that it’s okay (and beneficial) for children to confront obstacles, it’s okay if your children are not perfect, and it’s okay to say “No.” The goal is not to raise perfect children; the goal is to raise kind, responsible adults, and it’s a process.
How to Raise Perfectly Imperfect Kids reminds the reader that mistakes and problems lead to lessons. Fixating on raising the smartest, fastest, most successful child will never result in a happy child (or a happy parent). With healthy doses of humor and reality, Lisa Sugarman reminds us that our kids were never meant to be perfect, and perfectly imperfect kids can become wonderful, well-rounded adults if we just allow them to grow.
by Lisa Sugarman
Parenting practices vary widely between countries and cultures. For example, in countries such as the Philippines, breastfeeding after age one year is common, and parents can make their own decision about what is right for their family. In Korea, babies eat a variety of spices and flavors, helping them develop a diverse palate and healthy eating habits. And in Italy, parents prevent separation anxiety by taking their babies to markets, restaurants, and churches and passing them around from person to person.
Feed the Baby Hummus teaches parents to confidently incorporate various multicultural practices into their own caretaking plan. Pediatrician Lisa Lewis offers the wisdom and proven caretaking practices of the cultures of the world, drawn from her own training, research, travel, and clinical experience. Although certain standards of care must exist for babies to thrive and be happy, Feed the Baby Hummus offers a variety of cross-cultural parenting information and baby care guidance from a trusted source.
Mommy Loves Me
by Stephanie Miles
Nothing nurtures a child more than the reassuring warmth of loving words and positive touch. Mommy Loves Me is the adorable board book that comes with a hug! Two plush arms hug the front cover and give the child a surprise hug at the end of the book. Inside, with beautiful illustrations and simple text, Mommy Loves Me depicts a mother showing the size and strength of her love for her child with concrete examples. How much? “More than all the sprinkles on our ice cream sundaes. More than all the stars above our summer cottage. More than the longest hug that ever was.”