Best Books for #BadassMoms
“Mom, what do you want for Mother’s Day?”
Raise your hand if you’ve heard this question before. Raise your other hand if you’ve heard it at around 6 p.m. on the Saturday evening before Mother’s Day.
Let’s be honest here – if you leave gift buying and gift giving up to your kids, you are going to be severely disappointed. For a Mother’s Day gift you will truly enjoy you’ll need to drop some clues. I suggest printing out this list – and maybe adding a helpful message like “Gifts ideas for Mom” at the top. In sharpie. Underlined. With lots of exclamation points.
Of course, even that subtle approach might not be enough. That’s why I recommend just buying your gift yourself. Here’s a list of the best books for all you #badass moms!
And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready
by Meaghan O’Connell
When Meaghan O’Connell got accidentally pregnant in her twenties and decided to keep the baby, she realized that the book she needed – a brutally honest reckoning of the emotional and existential impact of motherhood – didn’t exist. She decided to write it herself.
Don’t Call Me Princess: Essays on Girls, Women, Sex and Life
by Peggy Orenstein
Funny, moving, deeply personal and wryly political this essay collection serves as a crucial examination of where we stand as women – in our work lives, our sex lives, as partners, as mothers – illuminating how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go.
The Feminist’s Guide to Raising a Princess
by Devorah Blachor
“May God grant me the serenity to accept the color pink, the courage not to let my house become a shrine to pink and princesses, and the wisdom to know that pink is just a color, not a decision to never attend college in the hopes of marrying wealthy.” Blachor, an ardent feminist, offers insight, advice and plenty of humor and personal anecdotes on how she learned to reconcile her parental expectations and the reality of her daughter’s passion.
W(h)ine: 50 Perfect Wines to Pair with Your Child’s Rotten Behavior
by Jennifer Todryk
Did your son just have a meltdown in the middle of the grocery store? Then proceed to the wine aisle because there’s a Pinot for your pain! Not your average wine-pairing book, this one is designed to help you w(h)ine your way through the joys of day-to-day parenting.
#MomLife: A Snarky Adult Coloring Book
On the rare occasions when you do get some downtime to yourself grab some colored pencils and markers, this book and run to the closet for a few minutes of blissful, relaxing creativity. Celebrate the humor and frustration that are the highs and lows of motherhood featured in the pages of this book.
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