Disclosure: I received a complimentary e-book copy in exchange for my honest review.
Genre: Parenting, Humor
Rating: 5 out of 5
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!
I loved this book! I loved the realness that was this book and the smile it put on my face. I felt it was a quick read for an “experienced” parent.
After each section, there was a spot to “Stop and Smell Your Children” and then there were thought provoking questions. I felt if you were a newer parent or less experienced parent, the questions were fitting. Being a 3rd time mom with 21+ years experience with kids, I didn’t feel the questions were all that fitting to me so I just skipped over them. Besides, I couldn’t wait to get to the next story.
I loved how real the stories were. They were real life. They weren’t horrific or scary or all hearts and flowers. They were real. And they absolutely put a smile on my face.
I have to tell you, the day I picked this up to start reading was one of the worst days I had had in a long time. Crawling into bed with this book though was so much fun! I really enjoyed it and will definitely read it again in the future. It would also make a fabulous gift!!
About the Author
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.