I have noticed that for me, being inspired is so important in my role as a mother. I find it much easier to have perspective, and enjoy the everyday moments that make up my days with my baby girl when I am feeling inspired.
Since becoming a mom, I have read so many books about moms and their journeys, about what is important while raising these brand new people. These books have made me look beyond the everyday chores that being a mom brings, and at the bigger picture. They have made me think and ponder, and try to be a better person. They have made me think of what's to come ahead, of what is important to me to teach my daughter and just more inspired in this journey as a mom.
I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you.
1. 10 Habits of Happy Mothers by Meg Meeker M.D. I finished this on my kindle while we were in Pakistan and I got so engrossed in this book towards the end. This book focuses on mothers and how to find happiness for ourselves and within ourselves.
2. Cinderella ate my daughter by Peggy Orenstein. I knew I had a bit of an aversion to this growing ‘pink/princess/girlie-girl’ culture in the US and pretty much all around by now, and this further aggravated my fears. She has done so much research on this topic, discussing most major companies that market products to young girls and their effects. Herself the mother of a daughter, Peggy talks from a personal point of view and that makes me want to believe her even more. I think this is a must-read for all moms of daughters.
3. Raising Happiness by Christine Carter. I’m still reading this book and I agree with most of the things it covers. I like how she talks about having a good relationship with the kids’ father, marriage and family in raising happy kids. Every parent’s dream is to raise a happy kid and I think this book does a great job in covering the topic.
4. Bloom by Kelle Hampton. One of my most favorite and most inspiring bloggers wrote this book and just like her blog, this book has a way of inspiring you get over the challenges you face and just enjoy your babies and make memories with them. Accompanied with beautiful photos by Kelle, the hardcover version of this book is almost a coffee table book, its so beautiful!
5. Happiness Project and Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin Not exactly books for moms, but I think very important in getting yourself in the right frame of mind for better parenting. I am still reading Happier at home, but I feel these are both must reads for any mother.
6. Great with Child by Beth Ann Fennelly. I found out about this book via one of the blogs I read and it is a beautiful poetic voice of a mom to a mom-to-be expressed in the form of letters. So beautifully she shares her insights and feelings on being a mom and many of her letters almost made me cry, thinking of my own baby girl.
7. Happy Chaos by Soleil Moon Frye. Beautiful random account by a used-to-be child actress on motherhood and how imperfectly perfect it is. I took a while to read this book because it is such an easy read. But overall I enjoyed reading her views on motherhood.
Some others which I am eyeing to read but haven’t yet are Bringing up Be’be’ and The Honest Life.
Have you read any of these already? What are your thoughts?
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