Books for moms

Breathe, Mama, Breathe: 5-Minute Mindfulness for Busy Moms

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A National Parenting Product Award (NAPPA) Winner

Easy-to-follow practices that will help moms find quick, daily opportunities to reset and refocus with mindfulness
 
Moms can feel as if they are sprinting through life, crashing onto the pillow at days end only to start again the next morning. In Breathe, Mama, Breathe, psychotherapist Shonda Moralis outlines the benefits of daily meditation and shows moms how to do itin just five minutes! Plus, she shares over 60 mindful breaks that will help moms tune into their own well-being (along with everyone elses):
 
  • Eat a mindful breakfastwith no phone, TV, or newspaper!
  • Cuddle your child and take three deep breaths together.
  • Give yourself a mindful-mommy high fivebecause moms can use positive reinforcement, too.
 
Every momwhether caring for a new baby, an overscheduled grade-schooler, or an angsty teencan become a mindful mama!

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Cat and Nat's Mom Truths: Embarrassing Stories and Brutally Honest Advice on the Extremely Real Struggle of Motherhood

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THE NATIONAL BESTSELLER

Hilarious best friends Cat and Nat created a massive online community of moms by sharing their ultra-real and just a bit R-rated dispatches from the mom trenches. From what not to eat a few days after giving birth (chicken wings) to the most effective ways to dodge post-partum sex, Cat & Nats Mom Truths shares everything no one will tell you about having kids.

Mixing memoir, humor, and advice, Cat and Nat tell never-before-told stories about the stress, guilt, joy, and laundry (oh the laundry!) of being a mom in their first book. With seven kids between them and millions of fans on social media, they get real about the parts of parenting that somehow dont make the Instagram feed. Sharing their outrageous humor, fearless myth-busting, and genuine comfort on every page, they walk you from pregnancy to the toddler years and beyond. And they dole out ridiculously honest advice, like what you think you need at the hospital when you have your first baby (lip gloss) versus what you actually need (hemorrhoid pillow), and how worried you should really be about germs (less than you are). Fearless crusaders against the perfection myth and all the gluten-free, sugar-free baking it entails, Cat and Nat assure you that youre already doing a great job, making this an essential companion for moms everywhere.


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I Just Want to Pee Alone

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Now a NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER.Motherhood is the toughest and funniest job you'll ever love. Raising kids is hard work. The pay sucks, your boss is a tyrant, and the working conditions are pitiful you can't even take a bathroom break without being interrupted with another outrageous demand. Hasn't every mother said it before? I just want to pee alone! I Just Want to Pee Alone is a collection of hilarious essays from 37 of the most kick ass mom bloggers on the web. Including: People I Want to Punch in the Throat, Insane in the Mom-Brain, The Divine Secrets of a Domestic Diva, Baby Sideburns, and Rants From Mommyland.Read hysterical essays like:Embarrassment, Thy Name is MotherhoodA Pinterest-Perfect Mom, I am NotAnd Then There was that Time a Priest Called Me a Terrible MotherSo She Thought She Could Cut Off My Stroller

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Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus

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Kids bickering? Schedule jam-packed? Dishes and laundry both piled up high? Perhaps its time you pressed pause.

Whether youre juggling a career, kids schedules, and church commitments or youre covered in spit-up and anxious about what the next eighteen years might hold, you can carve out a few quiet moments to rejuvenate your spirit.

Pressing Pause offers you a calm way to start your day, to refresh yourself in Jesus and drink deeply of His presence so that you are ready to pour out love, time, and energy into the people who matter most to you.

These 100 encouraging devotions for moms will help you begin each day with Scripture, drawing on Gods power, ingesting His Word, and learning practical ways to love and serve more like His Son.

Just a few minutes each day can help you center your heart and mind on what God has for you as His beloved daughter. So resist the rush. Halt the hustle. Press pause and find some calm in the chaos.

 

Karen Ehman is a Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker, a New York Times bestselling author, and a writer for Encouragement for Today, an online devotional that reaches more than 1 million women daily. She has written nine books. Connect with her at KarenEhman.com.

Ruth Schwenk is a pastors wife, mom of four energetic kids, lover of coffee, and dreamer of big dreams. She is the creator of TheBetterMom.com, and along with her husband, Patrick, ForTheFamily.org.

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Because Crack is Illegal: A 30-Day Devotional for Moms

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Because Crack is Illegal takes a unique and witty approach to daily devotionals for mothers in every stage of life. For 30 days mothers are encouraged through personal, transparent and comical stories of trial; some bargaining and victory. Each day the reader is challenged to learn, grow, and laugh through reflection and daily application of scripture.



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Strong Mothers, Strong Sons: Lessons Mothers Need to Raise Extraordinary Men

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A timely and empowering book featuring solid, practical advice for women on how to properly nurture their sons (Kirkus Reviews).
 
From the moment a mother holds her newborn son, his eyes tell her that she is his world. But often, as he grows up, the boy who needs her simultaneously pushes her away. Calling upon thirty years of experience as a pediatrician, Meg Meeker, M.D., a highly sought after national speaker, assistant professor of clinical medicine, and mother of four, shares the secrets that every mother needs to know in order to strengthenor rebuildher relationship with her son.
 
Boys today face unique challenges and pressures, and the burden on mothers to guide their boys through them can feel overwhelming. This empowering book offers a road map to help mothers find the strength and confidence to raise extraordinary sons by providing encouragement, education, and practical advice about
 
the need for mothers to exercise courage and be bolder and more confident about advising and directing their boys
the crucial role mothers play in expressing love to sons in healthy ways so they learn to respect and appreciate women as they grow up
the importance of teaching sons about the values of hard work, community service, and a well-developed inner life
the natural traps mothers of boys often fall intoand how to avoid them
the need for a mother to heal her own wounds with the men in her life so she can raise her son without baggage and limitations
the best ways to survive the moments when the going gets tough and a moms natural ways of communicatingtalking, analyzing, exploringonly fuel the fire
 
When a mother holds her baby boy for the first time, she also instinctively knows something else: If she does her job right and raises her son with self-esteem, support, and wisdom, he will become the man she knows he was meant to be.

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  • Ballantine Books


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Mom Up: Thriving with Grace in the Chaos of Motherhood

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Every mom can identify with the feeling that theyre in a race to the finish line every day, stumbling over everything in their pathincluding Legos and dirty laundry!
 
Kara-Kae James knows how overwhelming motherhood can be. As she writes, When we come to the place where we think that we have failedthis is the moment when Gods Word and motherhood intersect.
 
In Mom Up, James shares four themes that impact how she follows Jesus and parents her kids: intentional motherhood, genuine community, refreshing rest, and embracing chaos. With practical ideas for building relationships with other moms, grace-filled Scripture reminders, and a healthy dose of humor, Mom Up helps readers step out of survival mode and into the abundant life God has for them and their family.
 

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I Heart My Little A-Holes: A bunch of holy-crap moments no one ever told you about parenting

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Following the success of Go the F**k to Sleep, Confessions of a Scary Mommy, and Ketchup Is a Vegetable, a collection of funny, warm, and charmingly profane tales from the frontlines of parenthood by the author of the popular Baby Sideburns blog.

Once upon a time you and your partner had a perfect life: dinners out, weekend mornings cuddling in bed, brunch with friends. Then you gave birth to a poop machine (or two). Now, it's all about the pediatrician, breast pumps, princess dresses, and minivans. And discovering that your pride and joy is actually a little A-hole.

When your son wakes you up at 3:00 A.M. because he wants to watch Caillou, he's an a-hole. When your daughter outlines every corner of your living room with a purple crayon, she's an a-hole. When your rug rats purposely paint the kitchen ceiling with their smoothies, they're a-holes. At times like these, it's only natural to want to kill them (or yourself). But it's against the law (and there's the suicide hotline). Plus, there's that whole loving them more than anything in the whole world thing.

In I Heart My Little A-Holes, Karen Alpert shares hilarious stories, lists, and deep thoughts on the joys and horrors of raising children. Accompanied by cheery illustrations and photos I Heart My Little A-Holes will make you laugh so hard you'll wish you were wearing a diaper.

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Moms One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book (New Mom Memory Book, Memory Journal for Moms, New Mom Gift Ideas)

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A great new mom gift and baby journal

Mom's One Line a Day, 5-year journal and memory book: This classic 5-year baby journal and memory book is perfect for the busy mom-on-the-go who wants to capture the everyday moments of motherhood during 5-years in the growth of her baby.

More than a daily diary: Your daily dairy entries for each day of the year are recorded five times on each page one journal entry for each of 5 years on a given date.

What were my thoughts on baby's last 5 birthdays? Use Mom's One Line A Day, 5-year journal format to provide a lasting snapshot of your thoughts, memories, and baby's growth and progress on each of the 365 days of your baby's year. With enough space to record a single thought, a memorable milestone, or a special event each day in the 5 year journal, this beautiful keepsake makes sure those precious memories will last a lifetime.

Mom's One Line A Day, 5-year journal:

  • A great new mom gift
  • Easy way to quickly record your thoughts before starting your busy day
  • Tracks baby's change and progress from day-to-day or year-to-year and preserves memories
  • A valuable alternative to the 5-minute journal format

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  • Chronicle Books
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The Little Big Book for Moms, 10th Anniversary Edition (Little Big Books)

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More than 440,000 families have treasured The Little Big Book for Moms since it was published in the spring of 2000! This beloved classic's 10th anniversary edition features a fresh cover design, new vintage art, and a new introduction. Still the perfect book for every mom who doesn't want her little ones to miss out on the classic tale of the Princess and the Pea but is also infused with the power of Maya Angelou's Life Doesn't Frighten Me; who laughs aloud over Ogden Nash and adores Charlotte's Web. For the mom who wants to be reminded of the words to Rub-a-Dub-Dub, to play I'm a Little Teapot and Itsy, Bitsy, Spider, to learn how to make water music and who wants to make recipes that are especially yummy like Frozen Chocolate Bananas. In other words this is a book for moms who want to be great moms and who want to bring great things to their little ones.
And, when everyone has finally gone to sleep at night, there are essays just for mom by Anne Lamott, Susan Cheever, and Amy Herrick.


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