Most moms I know are trying to clear the clutter, but there’s always room for another book, especially one that simplifies or clarifies the experience of motherhood. Pair one of these books with the promise of a free afternoon to read, plus some coffee, chocolate or wine for good measure, and you’ve got a gift just about every mom would love.
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Catastrophic Happiness, by Catherine Newman
I’ve been a Catherine Newman fan for years, ever since she published her “Bringing Up Ben and Birdy” journals on Babycenter, so when I found out she had a new book out I was thrilled. Her writing about parenting is as at turns hilarious and heart-stopping. I absolutely loved this memoir about her childrens’ “messy middle years.”
Listen to Your Mother, edited by Ann Imig
A few years ago I attended the Portland Listen To Your Mother show (running now across the country, and the Portland show is TONIGHT, friends! Grab those tickets!) and I felt transformed by the stories I heard read from the stage. Some funny, others heartbreaking, yet others thought-provoking, all left me with a feeling of sisterhood. This book captures some of those stories, and is absolutely amazing.
More about Listen To Your Mother at Amazon. Update: The book out of stock at Amazon! Snap it up at your local bookstore.
The Fringe Hours and My Fringe Hours, by Jessica Turner
A lovely read for women who feel like there’s no time in their busy lives for them. Jessica writes from a Christian perspective, but her message — that “me time” is crucial and achievable — is relevant for every mom. Want to hear more? Christine interviewed Jessica on our podcast.
The Happiest Mom, by Meagan Francis
Meagan wrote this book years ago, but it’s still one of my favorites for its snappy, practical, real-world approach to boosting new-mom happiness.
The “Perfect” Parent, by Roma Khetarpal
Roma and I recently met in person for the first time, and I was struck by her deep passion for helping parents connect to what makes their relationship with their children unique. She told me that this book took shape because her large community of friends found themselves turning to her for her encouraging and wise parenting advice. They were the ones who pressed her to write it down and share it more widely. I’m so glad she did.
Minimalist Parenting, by Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest
Our podcast, Edit Your Life, was and continues to be inspired by the work we did writing Minimalist Parenting together. Our message is simple: Trust yourself, simplify, and then enjoy the newfound mental and physical space in your life. There are many ways to do this parenting thing right.
Parents magazine chose it as this month’s “Mom Must-Read,” Cool Mom Picks lists it among 14 fab first Mother’s Day gifts for new moms, and NPR describes it as “the art of MacGyvering for sleep-deprived moms and dads.” (And you already know how I feel about it.)
Happy Mother’s Day, friends. You deserve the best.