What Children’s Stories Say About Parenting

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Tired of parenting books that make you feel like a failure? Story Mama, gleans parenting advice from an unlikely, but delightful place: classic children’s literature. Beloved stories like Where the Wild Things Are, The Velveteen Rabbit, and Make Way for Ducklings serve as jumping off points for writer and mom of six, Amy Henry, to inspire you on your motherly journey. Written in short (read: potty-break-sized) vignettes, Story Mama offers both practical suggestions (ie. how to get y … [Read more...]

Parenting in that ‘Just Right’ Place

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(I'm continuing my series of workbook-type posts for each story in my book...Today's is Goldilocks and The Three Bears, where we have two opposite mamas, Softie Mama, and Harsh Mama and are learning to mother in between the two). *** Are you more like Softie Mama or like Harsh Mama? For those of you who fall in that ‘just right’ place, congratulations and, pray tell, what is your secret?As we’ve seen, mothering on the poles is easy to do. Those of us with Type-A personalities are usually th … [Read more...]

Which Hundred Acre Mama Are You?

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(Hi, Mamas...now that my book is out, I'm going to be doing something fun for those of you who have a copy. I'm going to be blogging my way through the book a couple times a week by writing 'workbook' posts for each vignette. If you read my previous post, you heard about the importance of having a big, fat, 'mama journal,' for all things motherly. Now's the time to pull it out and get scribbling. Don't feel pressured to answer all of these questions or chewing points, just pick one of two that … [Read more...]

What Children’s Stories Teach Us About Life

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 Some of the titles in Story Mama *** The Bible says that if we are to understand spiritual things, we are to be as children. I would like to adapt this concept for mamas: If we are to understand life, we must understand children's books. Let me illustrate (not literally, of course): When you go to Barnes and Noble to buy a self-help book, you might pick a bestseller off the shelf that has the following chapter titles: 1. How to feel accepted just the way you are 2. How to take good care … [Read more...]


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