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When you're a new mom, you suddenly find yourself more tired
than you've ever before been, more in love than you've ever before been, more
needed than you've ever before been and exploring new territory in which you
have never before been. These five books—recommended by myself and by other real moms who've been there—will help you find your way. Psst:
They're also great for gifting.
This is not a parenting book. It's a personhood book, and it's
perfect. Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh is true to form in offering nuggets of wisdom
that, at their deepest level, help us foster loving relationships with ourselves. By
extension, they help us to relate more skillfully to others, and they apply just beautifully to the delicate, sometimes difficult dance of motherhood. Presented
in short, easily digestible sections, each little more than a few sentences
long, new moms will be able to dabble their way through this lovely little
marvel at whatever pace suits them, and they'll return to it again and again.
"Parenting can be thankless, especially in the
early days. This book is a good reminder that you can always find a reason to
be grateful for what you have. In this era, too, when many of us are so
incredibly fortunate, giving (and expressing) thanks is one of the most
important practices we can pass along to our children. This book got me into the habit early on—and
always made me smile. Now my son and I enjoy it together." —Nicole B., Mom of one, Austin, TX
Not your average babycare advice book, Lansbury's short
essays offer practical, reassuring guidance on everything from infant sleep and
diaper changes through all things toddlerhood. At its heart, though, this book encourages
moms to trust themselves and their babies, a simple and yet revolutionary
concept, and the foundation of the RIE parenting philosophy Lansbury
illuminates in her wonderfully warm, connection-focused work. I love this book. Although my kiddos are still small, I know I will be drawing—and building—upon the concepts I've explored in its pages and then applied to our lives together for many years to come.
book made me feel normal when I felt crazy, made me feel like I had a community
when I felt lonely and made me feel like less of a failure when I doubted my
capabilities as a new mom. I could read bits of it in the midst of sleep
deprivation and I would always end up laughing. " —Carol C., Mom of two, Denver, CO
book is epic. Its eight easy and fun-to-read chapters are worth every
second of your time. They bring to life a forgotten truth about
mothering: 'A mother's instinct is the best resource she has
to create a joyful and connected relationship with her baby.' Forget
marketing ploys, forget bad advice from strangers, forget the 'baby training' ways
of other parenting experts. This book will serve as a guide for all
mothers who want to mother from their heart and soul." —Jennifer Saleem,
mom of one, blogger at Hybrid Rasta Mama