I am about to sound like a broken record but that's okay. I have been enjoying parenting, mom-encouraging type books so much lately. Stop and Smell Your Children: Laugh and Enjoy the Little Years was icing on the cake and a breath of fresh air!
At first, I was a little skeptical because, I mean, Stop and Smell Your Children just sounds weird! But you guys, I'm powerless to resist reading a "mom" book so I chose it anyway. I'm so glad I did!
First, I feel like so many books on parenting and motherhood are just a bunch of steps you should take to make awesome kids. But this book? IT IS NOT THAT!!!
Leah is a real mom. She is in the trenches like me raising her babies and she shares from the depth of that!
A few things I loved about the book...It was such an easy read. Leah divided the chapters beautifully and each one was just enough for that moment. Not too long, not too short. Each chapter started with a quote and I just enjoyed that so much. This book would be PERFECT for a mom's group to read and discuss over a period of time. Each chapter ends with questions that are basic yet thought provoking and I think they are just right for a variety of moms.
What I loved most about this book is that Leah just truly shared from her heart on what it was like during her first pregnancy, what it was like to miscarry, what it was like with a toddler and a newborn, what it was like to have an assisted birth and then a natural one.
She deeply shares about how important it is as mothers to just STOP and enjoy the little years. Our babies won't be little for long and we as moms have plenty to teach and show them but most of all, they just need our love.
I think this book would be a great gift for an expecting mom or new mom. It would be a great secret sister gift to share with a mom friend.
Leah, write another book please! :)
**Thanks for the book, iRead!**