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This book perfectly captures all of the ups and downs of new motherhood

This book is perfect for a parent of any age. Even though my kids are a bit older, I still remember the baby stage and still have a lot of the feelings that the author talks about in this book to this day.

Mom guilt is a very real thing. You spend your day exhausted from the "mommy, mommy, mommy" or "look at this" constantly and, even though you may not want to admit it out loud, sometimes you are looking forward to bedtime. And then, once the kids are in bed and asleep, you feel guilty. They are such good kids... did I play with them enough? Was I on my phone too much? Did I screw them up? Should I have said that? I should have just let them play... I should have given them more attention.

That voice in your head is there and the author of this book captures it perfectly in her prose-style writing. Comparing your parenting style to what social media portrays will only get you upset. You are the best mom for the job, and you're doing your best. It's not easy but it's worth it. When she writes that she just wants to be there and love her daughter forever, my eyes welled up. This is exactly it.

I may mess up from day to day, and that's okay. But at the end of the day I love my kids and I just want to be there for them, forever. I think most parents can relate to that and the author puts that into words so well. It's so relateable that you feel like you could have written it - or she wrote it about you!

Parenting is tough and the author acknowledges that each parent makes different choices (go to work vs. stay at home, breast feed or bottle feed, etc) and all of those choices are okay. You're doing your best because you are best for this job. All kids are different - all parents are different. This book has a message of optimism - you're doing great, momma.

But it did make me cry.

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A moving, lyrical tribute to the best and absolute worst parts of parenthood.

Be prepared to laugh and cry. These poems speak to every family regardless of their make up. The triumphs and tribulations of parenting can leave us feeling worn thin and touched out.

This book serves as a beautiful reminder that we are not alone.

About the author

My name is Jessica, I am an AVID reader. I enjoy a variety of genres including fantasy, YA, Thriller etc. Im usually reading two books at the same time at least. I love discovering hidden gems. I write books for both children and adults. view profile

Published on August 09, 2021

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