TITLE: Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts
AUTHOR: Karen Kleiman
ILLUSTRATOR: Molly McIntyre
GENRES: Nonfiction, Self-Help
EXPECTED PUBLICATION: March 1st 2019
Over 90 percent of new mothers will have scary, intrusive thoughts about their baby and themselves. What if I drop him? What if I snap and hurt my baby? Mothering is so hard–I don’t know if I really want to do this anymore. Gosh, I’m so terrible for thinking that! Yet for too many mothers, those thoughts remain secret, hidden away in a place of shame that can quickly grow into anxiety, postpartum depression, and even self-harm. But here’s the good news: you CAN feel better!
WHAT I THINK
But mothers do have these thoughts. Good mothers. Scary thoughts erupt without warning and terrorize this sacred space between new mother and her baby. It’s no wonder mothers have been reluctant to disclose these thoughts, even to loved ones, leaving them to collapse alone in disgrace with no safe place to fall.
That paragraph alone pretty much sums up my life as a mother. I got three kids before I learned to deal with myself, to cut some slack to myself!
With that said, I think this book is good for every mother, not just the new ones. I mean I’m kind of a veteran already with three kids and still struggled with pretty much everything this book contained in it.
I really enjoyed this book, I truly did. But there still were some parts that felt a little too clear to be in it. Something that every Mike and Jo knows without even having kids. Though I did try to look at those parts from another perspective and I guess those might make sense at some situations, maybe.
Good Mums Have Scary Thoughts has mostly everything in it that these modern days throw in our faces as mothers. Google, breastfeeding, commentaries from other people whom you might not have even met before etc.
“Stop googling when seeking clarification regarding symptoms or diagnoses until you have found a reputable resource to lead the way.”
That’s what I did, I still do sometimes. And let me tell you, when this book says DO NOT GOOGLE! Then do not google. I mean it. I’ve diagnosed multiple cancers already for me and my kids just because I GOOGLED.
As for the problems that I had, those were only regarding the format I had. This ebook was pretty messy. Some paragraphs just ended mid-sentence and never continued. And there were also parts were some sentence just started from the middle, out of nowhere.
Some of the illustrations were just empty squares here and there and I couldn’t figure out any reason for them, other than stuff the pages and make the book longer? Other than that, I did like the illustrations. But the texts written in them were really hard to read at times.
All in all I think this book is very useful for every mom who thinks is struggling with different dilemmas or thoughts.