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Tales from the Crib: Adventures of an Over-Sharing, Stressed-Out, Modern-Day Mom
Let’s be honest. Nobody wants to sit next to that chipper mom at playgroup who knows everything. Please. You want to plop down by the mom who’s just as clueless and cranky as you are and have a good, hearty, conspiratorial laugh together. Because that mom gets it. That mom makes you feel better. That mom isn’t afraid to admit that chicken nuggets are one of her household’s major food groups (though she is fraught with guilt over it). That mom is just like you.That mom is DeeDee Filiatreault?a regular housewife with fairly normal kids (if there is such a thing). But unlike you, she writes all her ridiculous family stuff down (for her newspaper column and blog) with wit, snark, heart, faith, and far fewer swear words than she’s probably thinking. Her writings have yet to appear in the New Yorker or HuffPo, she doesn’t go on morning shows to dole out parenting advice (mainly because she doesn’t really have any), and she doesn’t have a weird, new hook for a ?mom-oir”?like how she survived a year of family dumpster-diving or co-parenting her children with wolves. She doesn’t have eighteen kids either, just two. And oh yeah, only one husband (as required by state law).This collection of DeeDee’s favorite columns and writings spans her first near-decade in the mom business. Reading it is like plunking down next to that funny mom at playgroup. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll feel less lonely in this thing. And you may even feel a little superior. (That alone might be worth the price tag.) Just come and sit down next to her.
And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready
A raw, funny, and fiercely honest account of becoming a mother before feeling like a grown up.When Meaghan O'Connell got accidentally pregnant in her twenties and decided to keep the baby, she realized that the book she needed -- a brutally honest, agenda-free reckoning with the emotional and existential impact of motherhood -- didn't exist. So she decided to write it herself.And Now We Have Everything is O'Connell's exploration of the cataclysmic, impossible-to-prepare-for experience of becoming a mother. With her dark humor and hair-trigger B.S. detector, O'Connell addresses the pervasive imposter syndrome that comes with unplanned pregnancy, the fantasies of a "natural" birth experience that erode maternal self-esteem, post-partum body and sex issues, and the fascinating strangeness of stepping into a new, not-yet-comfortable identity.Channeling fears and anxieties that are still taboo and often unspoken, And Now We Have Everything is an unflinchingly frank, funny, and visceral motherhood story for our times, about having a baby and staying, for better or worse, exactly yourself.
Remembrance of Mother
When a mother dies, those she leaves behind are filled with sorrow, but what is sometimes overlooked is remembering and celebrating her legacy. Remembrance of Mother is a moving and thoughtful collection of perspectives on mothers and the vital influence they have on past, present, and future of their children. In remembering there can be joy and peace. SC, 126 pages.
All the Rage: Mothers, Fathers, and the Myth of Equal Partnership
Journalist-turned-psychologist Darcy Lockman offers a clear-eyed look at the most pernicious problem facing modern parents—how progressive relationships become traditional ones when children are introduced into the household.In an era of seemingly unprecedented feminist activism, enlightenment, and change, data shows that one area of gender inequality stubbornly persists: the disproportionate amount of parental work that falls to women, no matter their background, class, or professional status. All the Rage investigates the cause of this pervasive inequity to answer why, in households where both parents work full-time and agree that tasks should be equally shared, mothers’ household management, mental labor, and childcare contributions still outweigh fathers’. How, in a culture that pays lip service to women’s equality and lauds the benefits of father involvement—benefits that extend far beyond the well-being of the kids themselves—can a commitment to fairness in marriage melt away upon the arrival of children?Counting on male partners who will share the burden, women today have been left with what political scientists call unfulfilled, rising expectations. Historically these unmet expectations lie at the heart of revolutions, insurgencies, and civil unrest. If so many couples are living this way, and so many women are angered or just exhausted by it, why do we remain so stuck? Where is our revolution, our insurgency, our civil unrest?Darcy Lockman drills deep to find answers, exploring how the feminist promise of true domestic partnership almost never, in fact, comes to pass. Starting with her own marriage as a ground zero case study, she moves outward, chronicling the experiences of a diverse cross-section of women raising children with men; visiting new mothers’ groups and pioneering co-parenting specialists; and interviewing experts across academic fields, from gender studies professors and anthropologists to neuroscientists and primatologists. Lockman identifies three tenets that have upheld the cultural gender division of labor and peels back the ways in which both men and women unintentionally perpetuate old norms.If we can all agree that equal pay for equal work should be a given, can the same apply to unpaid work? Can justice finally come home?
This Is Motherhood: A Motherly Collection of Reflections + Practices
With This Is Motherhood, the cofounders and contributors of the Motherly online community present a collection of essays and practices to celebrate motherhood in all its complexity.Here you’ll find reflections on each phase of "the wild ride of motherhood," including the soaring highs of meeting your new baby, the ground-shaking lows that make you doubt everything you’ve ever known, and all the beauty and pain in between. Each chapter closes with practices from Motherly’s team of wellness experts to help you define, clarify, process, and celebrate your journey.There are many ways to get motherhood right. It’s not your mother’s path or your sister’s path or that seemingly-perfect mom from your kid’s preschool’s path. It’s yours. You get to define - and redefine along the way - your experience of motherhood. And you are not alone.Each essay in This Is Motherhood is a letter to you, from one mama to another, to remind you that your feelings are normal. That you’re doing an amazing job. That you’re stronger than you even realize.Most of all: You’ve got this, mama.
The Passionate Mom: Dare to Parent in Today's World
Motherhood is full of uncertainty. But the best mothers have passion--the passion to teach, protect, study, and prepare her children for the future. Great, but how? Merrill, the mother of five children, has asked that question countless times and creates a plan.
Scoot Over and Make Some Room: Creating a Space Where Everyone Belongs
Author and Instagram star Heather Avis has made it her mission to introduce the world to the unique gifts and real-life challenges of those who have been pushed to the edges of society. Mama to three adopted kids - two with Down Syndrome - Heather encourages us all to take a breath, whisper a prayer, laugh a little, and make room for the wildflowers.In a world of divisions and margins, those who act, look, and grow a little differently are all too often shoved aside. Scoot Over and Make Some Room is part inspiring narrative and part encouraging challenge for us all to listen and learn from those we're prone to ignore.Heather tells hilarious stories of her growing kids, spontaneous dance parties, forgotten pants, and navigating the challenges and joys of parenthood. She shares heartbreaking moments when her kids were denied a place at the table and when she had to fight for their voices to be heard. With beautiful wisdom and profound convictions, this manifesto will empower you to notice who's missing in the spaces you live in, to make room for your own kids and for those others who need you and your open heart.This is your invitation to a table where space is unlimited and every voice can be heard. Because when you open your life to the wild beauty of every unique individual, you'll discover your own colorful soul and the extraordinary, abundant heart of God.
Work. Pump. Repeat.: The New Mom's Survival Guide to Breastfeeding and Going Back to Work
Jessica Shortall shares the nitty-gritty basics of surviving the working world as a breastfeeding mom, offering a road map for negotiating the pumping schedule with colleagues, navigating business travel, and problem-solving when forced to pump in less-than-desirable locales. Drawing on the war stories, hacks, and humor of working moms, and on her own stories from her demanding job and travel in developing countries, she gives women moral support for dealing with the stress and guilt that come with juggling working and breastfeeding.
I'm Just Happy to Be Here: A Memoir of Renegade Mothering
In this unflinching and wickedly funny memoir, Janelle Hanchett tells the story of finding her way home. And then, actually staying there. Drawing us into the wild, heartbreaking mind of the addict, Hanchett carries us from motherhood at 21 with a man she'd known three months to cubicles and whiskey-laden domesticity, from judging meth addicts in rehab to therapists who "seem to pull diagnoses out of large, expensive hats." With warmth, wit, and searing B.S. detectors turned mostly toward herself, Hanchett invites us to laugh when we probably shouldn't and to rejoice at the unconventional redemption she finds in desperation and in a misfit mentor who forces her to see the truth of herself.A story of ego and forced humility, of fierce honesty and jagged love, of the kind of failure that forces us to re-create our lives, Hanchett writes with rare candor, scorching the "sanctity of motherhood," and leaving beauty in the ashes.
Listen to Your Mother
Imig, Ann (Edt)
Fiercely irreverent, thought-provoking, hilarious, and edgy - a spirited wake-up call about modern-day mothering In 2010, Ann Imig decided Mother's Day was lacking: instead of being solely a retail-driven holiday, the focus should be family. By bringing our community together to share personal stories about our mothers, we could get back to the core of why mothering is important. That year, she organized a live reading, and so 'Listen to Your Mother' was born. Now it's a rapidly growing movement that's sweeping the nation. Like the live readings, the anthology Listen to Your Mother is a brutally honest look at modern motherhood. It showcases the experiences of ordinary people of different races, genders, and ages, and takes readers on a journey through motherhood in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor. Acutely stimulating, and filled with pathos and candor, the contributors' stories share their experiences with adoption, assimilation, and emptying nests; first-time motherhood, foster parenting, and infertility; LGBTQ parenting, special-needs parenting, and surrogacy; step-mothering, never mothering, and mothering through illness. Their essays are devastatingly funny, refreshingly edgy, and deeply thought-provoking; they are the collective voice of mothers among us. Whether you are one, have one, or know one, Listen to Your Mother is an emotional whirlwind that is guaranteed to entertain, amuse, and enlighten.
Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear
One morning, Kim Brooks made a split-second decision to leave her four-year old son in the car while she ran into a store. What happened would consume the next several years of her life and spur her to investigate the broader role America’s culture of fear plays in parenthood. In Small Animals, Brooks asks, Of all the emotions inherent in parenting, is there any more universal or profound than fear? Why have our notions of what it means to be a good parent changed so radically? In what ways do these changes impact the lives of parents, children, and the structure of society at large? And what, in the end, does the rise of fearful parenting tell us about ourselves?Fueled by urgency and the emotional intensity of Brooks’s own story, Small Animals is a riveting examination of the ways our culture of competitive, anxious, and judgmental parenting has profoundly altered the experiences of parents and children. In her signature style?by turns funny, penetrating, and always illuminating - which has dazzled millions of fans and been called "striking" by New York Times Book Review and "beautiful" by the National Book Critics Circle, Brooks offers a provocative, compelling portrait of parenthood in America and calls us to examine what we most value in our relationships with our children and one another.
The Healthy Pregnancy Journal will help you navigate the beautiful chaos of your journey into motherhood with a safe space to reflect and prepare, work through all you’re experiencing, and stay on track for a healthy pregnancy.Highlights include: • Creative and inspiring journaling prompts about everything from food cravings and dreams to fears and feelings of uncertainty• Helpful guidance on all things pregnancy-related?nutrition and exercise, stress relief, birthing methods, breastfeeding, self-care, and more• Open space to record your hopes and dreams in a way that resonates with you?photos, love letters to your baby, drawings, quotes, or even magazine clippings• "Pro Pregnancy Tips" - sex and intimacy, recipes, community, sleep, even getting off the couch when you feel huge, and more• Weekly information around the development of your baby to help you more deeply connect with what’s happening in your body• Chronicling the birth of your baby - including vital statistics, pictures, your birth story, and your own sweet words to the newest love in your life
It's a Girl: Simply Said...Little Books with Lots of Love
Richmond, Marianne R.
Simply Said... Little Books with Lots of Love. The heartwarming collection of simply-said sentiments for all occasions. Share them with those who mean the most to you.
Unlock your children’s potential by helping them build their strengths.This game-changing book shows us the extraordinary results of focusing on our children’s strengths rather than always trying to correct their weaknesses. Most parents struggle with this shift because they suffer from a negativity bias, thanks to evolutionary development, giving them “strengths-blindness.” By showing us how to throw the “strengths switch,” Lea Waters demonstrates how we can not only help our children build resilience, optimism, and achievement but we can also help inoculate them against today’s pandemic of depression and anxiety.As a strengths-based scientist for more than twenty years, ten of them spent focusing on strengths-based parenting, Waters has seen how this approach enhances self-esteem and energy in both children and teenagers. Yet more on the plus side: parents find it a particularly exciting and rewarding way to raise children. With many suggestions for specific ways to interact with your kids, Waters demonstrates how to discover strengths and talents in our children, how to use positive emotions as a resource, how to build strong brains, and even how to deal with problem behaviors and talk about difficult situations and emotions. As revolutionary yet simple as Mindset and Grit, The Strength Switch will show parents how a small shift can yield enormous results.
The Mommy Shorts Guide to Remarkably Average Parenting
Ilana Wiles is not a good mother. She’s not a bad mother either. Like most of us, she’s normal. From the creator of the wildly popular blog Mommy Shorts comes Ilana Wiles’s first humor book on remarkably average parenting. If you want solid advice about raising kids, this book is not for you. If you want to wallow in your own misery about how having kids is AWFUL, this book is not for you. This book pays homage to the every-parent and suggests that they are the people having the best child-rearing experience of all. Using Wiles’s signature infographics and photographs to illustrate her personal and hilarious essays on motherhood, the book is an honest guide that celebrates the fun of being a mom.
A Is for Advice (The Reassuring Kind): Wisdom for Pregnancy
Practical, reassuring, and beautifully written, A is for Advice provides a brief and compelling reflection on pregnancy, birth, and the early postpartum period for expectant mothers of all kinds--whether you prefer a water birth at home or a scheduled C-section in a hospital, whether you believe in painkillers or an all-natural labor, breast milk or formula, this book speaks to you and your pregnancy. Written in the approachable and friendly tone of a best-friend blogger but informed by the insight of a Registered Midwife, A is for Advice seeks to comfort and inspire, providing realistic and soothing advice at a time when most women desperately seek out information.
The Happiest Mommy You Know: Why Putting Your Kids First Is the Last Thing You Should Do
Brown, Genevieve Shaw
Award-winning reporter Genevieve Shaw Brown was hell-bent on raising her kids to like vegetables and eat more than chicken nuggets for dinner. She woke up at five a.m. every morning to prepare perfectly portioned meals of turkey meatballs along with veggies, couscous, mashed cauliflower, and sliced fruit for her small children.While eating lukewarm mac-n-cheese out of a brown paper box and feeling sluggish and tired most of the time, she realized that she had never considered eating what she made for her kids. After that, Brown put herself on the “Baby Diet”: she ate the healthy food her kids ate, minimized snacking, and created a more regimented meal plan. She felt better, lost those stubborn pounds, and prepared a short segment on her new diet for Good Morning America that went viral.After that, she began thinking further: what happens when you treat yourself the way you instinctively treat your children? From sleep training to exercising to making time for friends, Brown shares her own stories, expert advice, and innovative hacks to address the common issues mothers face while teaching women how to care for themselves with the same love and attention they give their children and families every day. The Happiest Mommy You Know is the life-changing and incredibly positive approach to the challenges of modern parenting - and gives parents permission to finally treat themselves better.
A Letter for Every Mother
In A LETTER FOR EVERY MOTHER, authors Kara Lawler and Regan Long have written a heartwarming compilation of letters addressed to mothers from all walks of life, meant to celebrate, inspire and commiserate with all stages of the parenting journey. This book will encourage, inspire and uplift mothers from all walks of life.Kara and Regan invite readers to join their tribe of mothers, to learn from one another and band together to face one of the hardest jobs in the world: becoming and being someone's mother. Their mission is to inspire and to create a community through this book to remind mothers that we're all in this together-an especially welcome message in the current atmosphere of competition and anxiety of parenting.A LETTER FOR EVERY MOTHER is warm, inviting, inclusive-and the tone is inspirational or irreverent, depending on the letter or subject you happen to turn to. After all, motherhood is an oxymoronic experience; it is both exhilarating and exhausting, uplifting and demeaning, wonderful but terrible, too.
Mother to Son: Shared Wisdom from the Heart
Boys are different. Boy, are they different. And so too is the mother-son relationship. Woven out of wisdom, humor, experience, love, charm, and a poetic economy of words, here is one pithy, memorable lesson per page, beginning with the Beginning, and covering toddlerhood, the school years, sports, spirituality and, of course, girls.
Motherhood: Nailed It!: Humorous Perspectives from Moms Who Get It
Sellers Publishing, Inc.
A collection of humorous observations on being a parent from the funniest moms we know and love.
Mothers (Letters of Note)
A gorgeous collection of letters about mothers and motherhood, curated by the founder of the globally popular Letters of Note website.
Present, Not Perfect for Moms: A Journal for Slowing Down, Being Mindful, and Trusting in Yourself
Take a mindful break from the pressures of parenting and notice the everyday miracles that abound with Aimee Chase's Present, Not Perfect for Moms. This personal creativity journal invites you to make peace with imperfection and embrace the beautiful, wild, heart-soaring adventure of parenthood like never before.Whether it’s pausing to breathe more deeply, being more present in the moment with your child, or adding satisfying rituals to an otherwise chaotic day, you’ll find lots of ways to celebrate what truly matters and let go of what doesn’t.• More than 120 pages of mindful prompts, inspiring quotes, and creative exercises for moms• Daily reminders to celebrate your strengths and successes as a parent• Positivity and encouragement on even the most challenging days• Love your perfectly imperfect life with all you’ve got!
Ramshackle Glam The New Mom's Haphazard Guide to (Almost) Having It All
"In my experience," writes Jordan Reid, "you know what happens when you hold babies? They cry. And it immediately becomes clear to all present that you have terrible parental instincts and should never be allowed to come into contact with children - ever." In 2011, the style writer and editor of the popular website RamshackleGlam.com had her first child, and very quickly had to figure out how to navigate the realities of her brand-new life while facing the fear that every new parent must at some point confront: what happens to your sense of self when late nights of dancing and cocktails turn into early mornings of diapers and bottles?Ramshackle Glam tells the story of Reid's journey as a rookie mother, covering everything from epic post-partum fashion disasters to remote-control-slinging marital disputes and traveling-with-baby crises involving a mutinous pair of sandals. In this laugh-out-loud funny, affecting, and deeply personal memoir, Reid (deemed "a star of the post-expertise how-to landscape" by The New York Observer) offers up the fashion, beauty, home décor and entertaining tips that she is known for...but more than that, she fearlessly confronts her very most personal moments: anxiety over sharing her newborn's name on social media, worries about aging, the difficulty of forging friendships as an adult, and daily challenges as simple - yet mystifying - as how to make it through a mommy-and-me sushi meal with your sanity intact.Reid's hilarious, heartfelt, and soul-searching debut is a completely unique addition to the roster of classic parenting tomes, and a must-read for any woman looking for a straightforward account of how to handle enormous life transitions with humor, grace...and a little bit of glam.
Too Close for Comfort?: Questioning the Intimacy of Today's New Mother-Daughter Relationship
Gordon, Linda Perlman
No relationship is more complicated than the one between mothers and daughters - especially today, when a cultural shift can cause a longer period of time of overlapping interests before the traditional adult markers of marriage and family. As a result, these young women are developing deeper bonds with their own mothers, a relationship that sometimes mimics friendship. But are these close bonds healthy? Is it time to cut the umbilical cord? In this eye-opening book, Linda Perlman Gordon and Susan Morris Shaffer explore the modern mother-daughter relationship in all its glorious complexity. Combining a brilliant sociological analysis with fascinating stories of real- life women, Too Close for Comfort? provides a rich, provocative look at the ways mothers and daughters get it right, how they get it wrong - and how they can happily maintain being friends as well as mothers and daughters.
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