Ready to laugh about motherhood and be encouraged? Tired of feeling overwhelmed and stressed out in the baby and toddler season? Need some fresh vision and perspective so you can enjoy—not just endure—your young children?
Stop and Smell Your Children: Laugh and Enjoy the Little Years offers moms-to-be and moms of young children short, real-life parenting stories that encourage and inspire. Leah Spina, mother of three children ages five and under, and former journalist, unleashes humor and perspective for tired moms who are parenting the “little” years. From the excitement of the positive pregnancy test to morning sickness and the banes of pregnancy, to childbirth, babies, toddlers and new parent struggles, the stories will make you laugh and see beauty in the chaos. Each story also includes thought-provoking takeaways to help busy moms gain a fresh outlook.
Strangers remind us that our children will be small only for a short time and to enjoy each moment. But then we return to the wild reality of parenting young children! All-night crying sessions. Never-ending laundry. Every-three-hour feeding schedules. Diaper explosions and projectile spit-up. Teething. Potty training. Yes, we enjoy our children, but we’d also like to enjoy a shower that lasts more than two minutes, or a meal that isn’t lukewarm (if we’re lucky). The truth is, pregnancy and parenting young children can be hard at times. But it can also be one of the best chapters of our lives, if we can learn to laugh and change our mindset.
Young children are one of life’s greatest gifts. Each page of this easy read will help you truly enjoy the “little” years!
Leah Spina is a former journalist of a national newsweekly magazine and also worked as a childbirth coordinator at a large adoption agency. She has her B.S in Business Administration from Thomas Edison State College. She has two adorable children – Samson and Esther – and resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband, David. When she’s not changing diapers, she enjoys singing Broadway, sun tanning on Italian beaches and riding horses.
My review: [rating=4]
Perhaps I had no business as someone who is not a mom to be opting to review this book. But I love to get a peek into ‘other worlds’. Having watched aunts, cousins and friends mothering their children and attempting to live ‘normal’ lives simultaneously, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Leah’s humorous, yet ever so wise advice on parenting.
Starting with the pregnancy test and taking you the various stages of pregnancy and raising a toddler, I’m sure that the various anecdotes and emotions shared will resonate with many parents. What was really nice about the book is the little space for reflection at the end of every chapter. Simple questions to get parents reflecting. I think this took the book to another level.
This is the kind of book I’d like to give to parents-to-be and to Moms who are still trying to find some sense of this wild adventure of parenting that they’ve embarked on.
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