MOTHER­ING WITH COURAGE

The Mind­ful Ap­proach to Be­com­ing a Mom Who Lis­tens More, Wor­ries Less, and Loves Deeply

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Bon­nie Comp­ton, Famil­ius Soft­cover $16.99 (224pp), 978-1-944822-63-7

Moth­er­hood is not all cud­dles and kisses. It is dif­fi­cult, messy, and ex­haust­ing. Mother­ing with Courage, by Bon­nie Comp­ton, shares in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice on how to make mother­ing a more re­ward­ing job while rais­ing hap­pier, health­ier chil­dren.

This book asks moth­ers to ex­am­ine the re­la­tion­ship that they have with their chil­dren and dis­cusses top­ics in­clud­ing hopes and dreams, teach­ing and learn­ing from chil­dren, and be­hav­ior and dis­ci­pline, as well as each mother’s unique his­tory that guides and shapes how she in­ter­acts with her kids. Prac­tices as sim­ple as set­ting aside a few min­utes each day to con­nect with the chil­dren be­gins the process of learn­ing what is needed to nur­ture a more open, hon­est re­la­tion­ship. Cen­tral to this is the idea that a mother al­ready knows what is best for her and her fam­ily, and that she must learn to trust and fol­low her in­tu­ition.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion of this book makes it an easy re­source to re­fer to over and over again. There is a sum­mary at the be­gin­ning of each chap­ter that is par­tic­u­larly help­ful in un­der­stand­ing what is to come. Lists of thought-pro­vok­ing jour­nal­ing ques­tions through­out the book help moth­ers to iden­tify what re­ally mat­ters and will be worth re­vis­it­ing: “When do you feel most con­nected with your chil­dren? When do you feel least con­nected?” Fi­nally, an ap­pen­dix at the end of the book is full of tips that serve as re­minders of the lessons learned and will cer­tainly be valu­able through­out the child rais­ing years.

It is easy to get lost in the daily tasks of moth­er­hood. It is not so easy for a mother to nav­i­gate through par­ent­hood staying aware of both her goals as a mother and her child’s true needs. This is ex­actly what Mother­ing with Courage teaches moms to do. Moth­er­hood may not be easy, but Mother­ing with Courage may help to make it a far more re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

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