My youngest child is almost three and I remember when we brought him home from the hospital just like it was yesterday. Back then I had four children under five and I had to put up with stress and chaos on a regular basis. My home was a mess, I was tired all the time and barely got 2 minutes to myself a day. I’ll admit, during those tired and stressful moments I lost my cool. Even today I work effortlessly to remain calm and yell less. But I am only human and sometimes my stress and emotions take over.
The book, “Calm Mama, Happy Baby, The Simple, Intuitive Way to Tame Tears, Improve Sleep and Help Your Family Thrive” by Derek O’Neill and Jennifer Waldburger, gives parents the tools they need to deal with stress, understand their baby’s communication, and put parenting fears and anxieties to rest. I have been a mom for over sixteen years now, but still am learning how to remain calm around my kids. I’ve also learned through the years that my mood and behavior is contagious. When I am stressed it directly impacts my children’s physical health, social and emotional learning and brain development.
“Calm Mama, Happy Baby”, written with parents of infants in mind, also offers step-by-step techniques that I can use to respond to my kids’ needs without yelling. I found chapter 5, “Negative Mama Mantra No. 1: I’m Doing it Wrong, How Self-Blame Causes Stress,” the most helpful. I am constantly comparing myself to other mothers and my parenting to what the books say I should do and what I have heard from other people. When I do this it causes a lot of stress. Chapter five explains how you can ignore those negative thoughts about parenting and help yourself and your children be happier. I wish I had read this chapter when I was a new mom.
New moms that are struggling with postpartum depression, or just the stress of parenthood must read this book. Calm Mama, Happy Baby is the ultimate resource for moms and dads wishing to have a peaceful home and raise their children with confidence and less negativity.
You can purchase Calm Mama, Happy Baby: The Simple, Intuitive Way to Tame Tears, Improve Sleep, and Help Your Family Thrive, on Amazon.com or at your local book store.
About the authors:
For more than fifteen years, Derek O’Neill, CHP, has been transforming the lives of thousands of people around the world as an internationally acclaimed psychotherapist and motivational speaker. Author of “More Truth Will Set You Free” and co-founder of SQ Foundation, a nonprofit organization provided food, water, housing and education to families across the globe, Derek was named Humanitarian of the Year by Variety International Children’s Charity in 2012.
Jennifer Walsdburger, MSW, is co-founder of Sleepy Planet, where she has offered education and consultation on parenting, children’s sleep, and relationships for more than fifteen years. Co-creator of the award-winning book and DVD, “The Sleepeasy Solution,” Jennifer has been featured in a wide variety of media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Today show and Parents. She is also co-founder of MomAssembly, an online education site for moms.
*Disclosure: I received a copy of Calm Mama, Happy Baby: The Simple, Intuitive Way to Tame Tears, Improve Sleep and Help Your Family Thrive in exchange for this review. All opinions are accurate and 100% mine.
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