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 … [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 … [Read more...]

My Book is Done!!!!!

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Some of the titles featured in Story Mama. *** Have you made the common mistake of thinking children's stories are for children? Most adults have. But don't feel bad because the secret has only recently been discovered: Children's stories are really parenting manuals in disguise. Shhh... Yeah, yeah, the people who wrote these stories may not admit it, but it's true: There's a wealth of wisdom tucked into those half-eaten books cluttering your shelves. All you need is a guide, a treasure map … [Read more...]

Do You Like Your Kids?

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 1/2 of the likables *** Just one car is parked against the curb when I see her. The school bell has just rung and out she comes, pushing a stroller at breakneck speed. A tiny blond boy runs fifteen feet behind her, trying to catch up. Without looking behind her even once, she crosses the parking lot exit as her little one runs in the path of potentially exiting cars, still trying to catch her. 'Mommy, mommy!' he cries, running, tripping but not quite falling. It's not until they reach the … [Read more...]


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