The book for new mums I’m about to recommend is not new (published in 2007) but is totally worth investigating!
If you haven’t read “Even June Cleaver Would Forget the Juice Box: Cut Yourself Some Slack (and Raise Great Kids) in the Age of Extreme Parenting” do yourself a favour and get your hands on a copy! – Read it and share it in your mummy circles!
Written by psychologist Ann Dunnewold – also an expert in women’s issues, postpartum depression and anxiety – the book challenges mums to ditch the notion of ‘June Cleaver parenting’ in favour of keepin’ it real.
In other words: strive for honest parenting rather than ‘perfection’.
Chapters in the book are detailed as follows:
PART 1: THE PROBLEM
- “Help! I Can’t Keep up with The Mommy Olympics!”
- “There Must Be Something the Matter with Me”
- I Have Everything I’ve Ever Wanted, So Why Am I So Miserable?”
- Why Do I Feel Like the Worst mother Ever?”
PART 2: THE SOLUTION
- Creating Your Own Version of a Perfectly Good Mother
- Perfectly Good Mothers in Action
PART 3: SHARING THE SOLUTION
- Safety in Numbers No More Mommy Wars
- The Perfectly Good Dad/Partner
- The big Picture: Spreading the Perfectly Good Paradigm
Dunnewold’s writing is as entertaining as it is true – the book is funny and makes mums feel normal in their failed attempts at perfection. It provides answers and practical issues to ‘mommy thinking traps’ and there’s even a chapter devoted to dads – for dads!
“Even June Cleaver Would Forget the Juice Box: Cut Yourself Some Slack (and Raise Great Kids) in the Age of Extreme Parenting” would be a great book club read for your mum’s group! Amazon sell it (used and new) – CLICK HERE to purchase.