Being a mom is certainly no walk in the park. While it can be the most rewarding and joyful experience, we all know that there are some really tough days as well. A great way to cope with some of the harder aspects of motherhood is to reach out to fellow moms and share your experiences. A great way to do this remotely is through reading books geared towards people in your exact position. Here are some great reads for the stressed out mom who deserves to be celebrated and understood.
I Brushed My Hair Today: A Mom Journal for Mostly Together Moms by Karen Johnson
Many people take getting through the day for granted, but moms, and especially moms of babies and toddlers, should get an award for each day the get through. Karen Johnson compiled a collection of quotes from comedians, writers, and well-known figures that will make mom laugh and keep her inspired. The journal also includes some space for her to write and vent on tough days.
Knock Knock’s What I Love About Mom
This book is a great gift idea for mom that requires some prep with the kids. It includes fill-in-the-blank phrases for the kids to fill in that will surely make mom laugh hysterically and cry emotional tears as well. Definitely a must, especially for those with kids who are just learning to read and write.
Small Victories: The Off-Camera Life of an On-Camera Mom by Molly Grantham
Every mom can relate to the idea of thinking about (and occasionally missing) her pre-mom life and identity. Molly Grantham is a mom who recounts her mom journey, which is just so relatable. The book has been described as “shining an honest — and often funny — light on her own parental struggles was an unexpected transition for this journalist used to reporting on gangs, crime, and serious social issues.” This is a great book to gift any mom who knows that nothing can quite prepare you for life in motherhood.
Silence is a Scary Sound: And Other Stories on Living Through the Terrible Twos and Threes by Clint Edwards
Clint Edwards is the dad behind the hilarious blog No Idea What I’m Doing: A Daddy Blog. He writes this humorous guide to parenting toddlers in some of their toughest ages: twos and threes. The book’s Amazon description says it all: “His relatable toddler stories leave parents and caregivers cackling, and remind us all that no one is the perfect parent. In fact, sometimes the only thing that gets Clint through the day is thinking about when his kids grow up . . . and all the ways he can finally exact his revenge. Like leaving a leaky sippy cup full of milk to rot under the back seat of his daughter’s car, or waking up at 4 a.m. to incessantly ask his son for a cheese stick.”
Bedtime, the Ultimate Battle: A Parent’s Sleep Guide for Infants and Toddlers by Melissa Guida-Richards
Every mom has been there: the sleepless nights, the battles to get your toddler into bed, and the struggle to keep them asleep. This book is a helpful and hilarious guide for parents who need some solutions with a dose of good old fashioned humor. Its Amazon description states that it “is a concise and humorous tool that even the most sleep-deprived parents will love. It contains the meat and potatoes of sleep solutions for your baby that you can digest easily in the middle of the night, without worrying about heartburn.”
Self-Care for Moms: 150+ Real Ways to Care for Yourself While Caring for Everyone Else by Sara Robinson
Self-care isn’t just something that should be done once a year on Mother’s Day. Moms deserve regular self-care, and this book can help out with 150 ideas that range in 5 minute activities to hour-long routines. In the book, “you’ll also find ideas for activities that span larger amounts of time for inspiration and motivation to take some much-needed and well-earned extra time for yourself. There’s even a few aspirational activities, such as trips or projects, that last a day—or more—with a realistic plan for how to organize and coordinate your schedule to accommodate the occasional—but very important—extended time to focus on yourself,” as stated in the book’s Amazon description.
Mom Life: A Snarky Adult Coloring Book
This one is just plain fun. As described on Amazon, “It’s 6:30 PM. By some miracle, one of your kids is asleep while the other is watching cartoons in a food coma. Quick! Here’s your chance! Grab some colored pencils and markers, this coloring book, and run to the bathroom (don’t forget the wine)! First, lock the door and enjoy the solitude of private urination. Second, gulp down that wine and enjoy the most relaxing five minutes of your day as you surrender to the quietness and creativity of coloring.”