Parenting has made me an obsessive reader. These books have helped me tremendously in the early days of motherhood and changed my approach to certain difficulties. I’m thankful for their insight and guidance as I’ve tried to navigate these sometimes rocky waters. My hope is someone else will find them as helpful as I have!
1. Full of Grace: A new year of life for your baby and for you – Claire Noonan.
This book offers powerful advice in living a prayerful life through the mess and chaos of motherhood. Claire walks you through 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, and 9-12 months opening your eyes to not only your baby’s development, but also your development as a mother. It’s an easy read that acts as a companion through the first new year of life with your baby.
2. The Corporal Works of Mommy (and daddy too) – Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak
As a parent it’s difficult to volunteer your time to other tasks – like a soup kitchen, nursing home, etc. – which makes it feel like you can’t live out the Corporal Works of Mercy that we’re called too. Greg and Lisa take us on a path to changing the very dynamics of our home. Each moment with your family can be formed into the Corporal Works of Mercy if you simply learn to see it that way. I’d never considered it until I read this book, and it’s changed the way I’ve approached dirty diapers and other not so glamorous tasks that come with motherhood.
3. Mothers’ Manual – A. Francis Coomes, S.J.
This manual is beautiful to have on hand. In it you will find endless prayers for every situation you may encounter in motherhood. When things are difficult you can find a prayer for exactly what you’re going through. When things are wonderful you can find a prayer rejoicing in all that God has given you. It has been a trustworthy companion on this great adventure.
4. Everyday Sacrament – Laura Kelly Fanucci
This book relates everyday motherhood to the 7 sacraments of the Catholic Church. It has been an eye-opening experience to all the places you can find Jesus amidst motherhood and family life. Laura speaks about her own experiences and how God has revealed himself most in the chaotic, emotional moments. Who knew that within family life you could find the practice of all 7 sacraments?!
Please comment your favorite books about parenting! I’m always on the look out. ?