Your Birth Plan: A Guide to Navigating All of Your Choices in Childbirth
Your Birth Plan: A Guide to Navigating All of Your Choices in Childbirth

by Megan Davidson (2019) Your Birth Plan is an intervention: it’s a birth book that equally honors all paths and all pregnant people, guiding and empowering you to make informed decisions, without judgment or prescription, for your own positive birth experience.

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Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong
Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong

by Emily Oster (2013) ster offers the real-world advice one would never get at the doctors office. Knowing that the health of your baby is paramount, readers can know more and worry less. Having the numbers is a tremendous relief - and so is the occasional glass of wine.

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Why Did No One Tell Me This?: The Doulas' (Honest) Guide for Expectant Parents
Why Did No One Tell Me This?: The Doulas' (Honest) Guide for Expectant Parents

by Natalia Hailes (2020) Full of honest advice and inclusive options, Why Did No One Tell Me This? is the funny, personality-filled, illustrated guide to pregnancy, birth, and beyond that modern parents have been waiting for.

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Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross (2009)
Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross (2009)

With too much stuff, too many choices, and too little time, children can become anxious, have trouble with friends and school, or even be diagnosed with behavioral problems. Now internationally renowned family consultant Kim John Payne helps parents reclaim for their children the space and freedom that all kids need for their attention to deepen and their individuality to flourish.

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Negotiating Domesticity: Spatial Productions of Gender in Modern Architecture by Hilde Heynen (Edito
Negotiating Domesticity: Spatial Productions of Gender in Modern Architecture by Hilde Heynen (Edito

This book investigates the many and complex themes evoked by the interconnections between between architecture, gender and domesticity. Topics covered include famous as well as less well-known architectural examples and architects, which are explored from sociological, anthropological, philosophical and psychoanalytical approaches.

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Taking the Village Online: Mothers, Motherhood and Social Media by Lorin Basden Arnold (2016)
Taking the Village Online: Mothers, Motherhood and Social Media by Lorin Basden Arnold (2016)

This volume of works explores the impact of social media forms on our cultural understandings of motherhood and the ways that we communicate about the experience and practice of mothering.

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Motherhood by Sheila Heti (2018)
Motherhood by Sheila Heti (2018)

In Motherhood, Sheila Heti asks what is gained and what is lost when a woman becomes a mother, treating the most consequential decision of early adulthood with the candor, originality, and humor that have won Heti international acclaim and made ‘How Should A Person Be?’ required reading for a generation.

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Opting Out? Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home by Pamela Stone (2007)
Opting Out? Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home by Pamela Stone (2007)

Based on a series of candid, in-depth interviews with women who returned home after working as doctors, lawyers, bankers, scientists, and other professions, Pamela Stone explores the role that their husbands, children, and coworkers play in their decision; how women’s efforts to construct new lives and new identities unfold once they are home; and where their aspirations and plans for the future lie.

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Opting Back In: What Really Happens When Mothers Go Back to Work by Meg Lovejoy and Pamela Stone (20
Opting Back In: What Really Happens When Mothers Go Back to Work by Meg Lovejoy and Pamela Stone (20

Opting Back In uncovers a paradox of privilege by which the very women best positioned to achieve leadership and close gender gaps use strategies to resume their careers that inadvertently reinforce gender inequality. The authors advocate gender equitable policies that will allow women—and all parents—to combine the intense demands of work and family life in the twenty-first century.

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Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool (2019)
Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool (2019)

From the earliest days, parents get the message that they must make certain choices around feeding, sleep, and schedule or all will be lost. There's a rule—or three—for everything. But the benefits of these choices can be overstated, and the trade-offs can be profound. How do you make your own best decision?

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The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Cap
The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Cap

What makes Denmark the happiest country in the world--and what are the secrets of Danish parents for raising happy, confident, succesful kids, year after year? This upbeat and practical guide brings together the insights of a licensed psychotherapist and a mom -- a Dane and an American married to a Dane, respectively -- on the habits of the happiest families on earth.

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The Well-trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer (1
The Well-trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer (1

The book outlines the classical pattern of education - the trivium - which organizes learning around the maturing capacity of the child's mind. Using the trivium as your model, you'll be able to instruct your child in all levels of reading, writing, history, geography, mathematics, science, foreign languages, rhetoric, logic, art, and music, regardless of your own aptitude in those subjects.

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Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason by Alfie Kohn (2005)
Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason by Alfie Kohn (2005)

Most parenting guides begin with the question “How can we get kids to do what they're told?” and then proceed to offer various techniques for controlling them. In this truly groundbreaking book, Kohn begins instead by asking, “What do kids need—and how can we meet those needs?” What follows from that question are ideas for working with children rather than doing things to them.

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Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety by Judith Warner (2005)
Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety by Judith Warner (2005)

A lively and provocative look at the modern culture of motherhood and at the social, economic, and political forces that shaped current ideas about parenting.

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And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready Kindle Edition by Meaghan O’Connell (20
And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready Kindle Edition by Meaghan O’Connell (20

The book explores the cataclysmic, impossible-to-prepare-for experience of becoming a mother. The author addresses the pervasive imposter syndrome that comes with unplanned pregnancy, the fantasies of a "natural" birth experience that erode maternal self-esteem, post-partum body and sex issues, and the fascinating strangeness of stepping into a new, not-yet-comfortable identity.

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The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children by Shefali Tsabary (2010)
The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children by Shefali Tsabary (2010)

It’s a tremendous privilege to raise children, though for a quite different reason than most of us who are parents imagine. While we think it’s our responsibility to mold and shape our children’s future, the essential premise of Dr. Shefali Tsabary’s A Call to Conscious Parenting is that our children are born to us to create deep internal transformation within us.

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The Opposite of Worry: The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxieties and Fears by Lawrence J
The Opposite of Worry: The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxieties and Fears by Lawrence J

Whether it’s the monster in the closet or the fear that arises from new social situations, school, or sports, anxiety can be especially challenging and maddening for children. Now Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., the author of Playful Parenting, provides a special set of tools to handle childhood anxiety.

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Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting by Laura Markham (2012)
Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting by Laura Markham (2012)

This remarkable guide will help parents better understand their own emotions—and get them in check—so they can parent with healthy limits, empathy, and clear communication to raise a self-disciplined child. Step-by-step examples give solutions and kid-tested phrasing for parents of toddlers right through the elementary years.

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Motherhood — a memoir of our first year - by Carolijn Braeken
Motherhood — a memoir of our first year - by Carolijn Braeken

Our first year, the raw and pure memories. the tears of tiredness, the despair, the insecurity. the warm flood running through my veins when i feel her tiny chubby body fall asleep in my arms. that sweet, redeeming calm after a stormy period. his hand on my back while my aching body feeds her once again in the darkest of nights.

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A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother by Rachel Cusk (2001)
A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother by Rachel Cusk (2001)

The experience of motherhood is an experience in contradiction. It is commonplace and it is impossible to imagine. It is prosaic and it is mysterious. It is at once banal, bizarre, compelling, tedious, comic, and catastrophic. In a book that is touching, hilarious, provocative, and profoundly insightful, Cusk attempts to tell something of an old story set in a new era of sexual equality.

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Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou (2013)
Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou (2013)

Delving into one of her life’s most rich, rewarding, and fraught relationships, Mom & Me & Mom explores the healing and love that evolved between the two women over the course of their lives, the love that fostered Maya Angelou’s rise to the heights.

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