The best honest, real life, emotion evoking books to fill your parenting arsenal with

Dawn Thomas-Cameron Author Of The Path to Perfection: Parenting without a roadmap: tales from a (non) perfect parent
By Dawn Thomas-Cameron

The Books I Picked & Why

Life as a mother: From the Diamonds to the Dirt of Motherhood

By Chantelle Lambert

Life as a mother: From the Diamonds to the Dirt of Motherhood

Why this book?

Motherhood is a gift. But sometimes it doesn’t feel like it. Chantelle, the author, touches on the less pleasant parts of motherhood. I cried 11 pages in because I empathized with a lot of what Chantelle was saying. I think I related to the author’s story so much because she struggled with her own mental health issues throughout her time as a mother. The book touches on postpartum depression (for moms and dads). Yes, dads can have postpartum too!

The book is raw, emotional, and the absolute truth.


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Parenting With Depression Made Easier: how to defeat depression and mental illness with power, love and family.

By Evan Richards

Parenting With Depression Made Easier: how to defeat depression and mental illness with power, love and family.

Why this book?

This book, again, tackles mental health issues. And yes, I cried reading it. It defines depression and explains the different types of mental illness. In the second chapter, it debunks 10 myths around depression. The author encourages you to address your mental illness and gives you various methods to do so.



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The Smiling Mask: Truths about Postpartum Depression and Parenthood

By Carla Joan O'Reilly, Peggy Collins, Tania Bird, Elita Paterson

The Smiling Mask: Truths about Postpartum Depression and Parenthood

Why this book?

This book focused on three stories from women who experienced postpartum depression in varying degrees. Through the stories, it raises awareness about various degrees of postpartum depression and the spectrum of symptoms. The stories are raw and emotional.  And yes, I cried through many parts of the story.

The title refers to how we try to hide from the realities of parenting by wearing smiling masks even when we are depressed. A must-read for ANY parent – any gender, any experience level.


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Diapers to Dorms: Raising Kids You Actually Like, Who Others Like, and Who Like Themselves

By Randy Pardue

Diapers to Dorms: Raising Kids You Actually Like, Who Others Like, and Who Like Themselves

Why this book?

This unique book is from a father's perspective, which you don't see very much these days. The lessons in this book are told through humorous stories, which we can all relate to. It tackles topics like building your confidence as a parent, recognizing the fact your children are different and identifying what’s important during each stage of a child’s life. The book is more of a “how-to” manual. It is rooted in Christianity.


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The 10-Minute Refresh for Moms: Less Stress, More Joy

By Nichole B. Clark

The 10-Minute Refresh for Moms: Less Stress, More Joy

Why this book?

As a parent, we all struggle with self-care.  The book is relatable. Real-life stories highlight the struggles many moms go through. The author talks about how we put so much on ourselves as moms and yet we still feel unworthy.

With the help of this book, moms can evoke self-care for themselves - in as little as 10 minutes a day. There is a course you can take along with it if you want.


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