In honor of all moms . . .
Whether you are a mom with young children, grown children, about to be a first-time mom, or celebrating the life or memory of your mom, Happy Mother’s Day to all!
Looking for a book recommendation for yourself, your mom or a special mom in your life, here are several ideas you will not want to miss for yourself or to share with others.
For Working Moms
Author Joann Lublin studies 86 working moms from previous generations (Baby Boomers) to 86 working moms made up of Gen X and Millennials and shares one of the greatest shifts to be that of striving to achieve work/life balance to current working moms creating a state of “work/life sway”. Lublin describes work/life sway to be a deliberate state woman have created to deliberately move back and forth between personal and professional worlds and accept disruptions and learn to “go with the flow”. This is quite a contrast from the of seeking a nirvana of perfection that many women used to, and to some extent still strive to achieve when we know perfection is a state one may pursue but never reach.
For First-Time Moms
Author Leslie Anne Bruce acknowledges that, yes, motherhood is a total mind f*ck-but then she offers the self-empowerment lessons new mothers need to get through the psychic upheaval and emerge stronger than ever. After childbirth, a woman’s body, her relationships, and her very sense of self are tested like never before. Bruce encourages readers to look past the sugarcoated truisms about the miracles of child-rearing in order to embrace the real joys of motherhood, spit-up stains and all and offers a lifeline of encouragement, inspiration, and community for the new mama who got a baby, lost her mind, and desperately wants to find herself again.
For those who have Experienced the recent Loss of Their own or another Mom who has played an important role in their life
Author Elaine Mallon captures the raw, unique pain of losing your mother with empathy, honesty, and eloquence. She tenderly walks the reader through each step of the grieving process, offering straightforward answers to many common questions and addressing fears faced by those grieving, as well. This is an essential step-by-step guidebook for anyone uncertain about what to do or where to turn after their mother’s death. For those hoping to support someone through grief, this book also offers insight on how to comfort them by explaining what a person in mourning is going through and how to be most helpful to them. If you’ve lost your mother, please know this: If you’re grieving, you’re healing—and you are not alone.
Happy reading, and Happy Mother’s Day!
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