The Bad Mothers Book Club- My Book Review

By Keris Stainton

This is another great mom read; I highly recommend it!

What is the story about?

The Bad Mothers’ Book Club is a fictional story about a group of mothers but focuses mostly on following the life of Emma Chance.  Emma and her husband, Paul, have two young children.   They have decided to move their family out of the city and into a smaller town.  Keris Stainton begins the book in Emma’s kitchen the morning before the first day of school.  The first day of drop off does not go well for Emma, but we get a glimpse into Emma’s personality.  As days progress and drop-offs continue, she begins talking and meeting new moms.  She finds out that there is one woman named Jools, who seems to run the town.  Jools also holds an exclusive book club for only some moms from the neighbourhood school.  From the outside, Jools seems like a very mean and egotistical woman, but, as the story continues, you see the struggles Jools is experiencing. 

A few chapters of the book are dedicated to some of the other moms Emma meets.  These women and their stories slowly intertwine with Emma’s.  Jools is one of the moms we learn more about; her story is very moving and emotional.  When Emma uncovers Jools’ secret, things between Jools and Emma completely change.  Maggie is another mom whose story is featured in a few chapters. Maggie’s story adds in another layer focusing on love, new love and the importance of loving yourself. 

One thing I should also note, the book barely includes any book club meetings.  The title is a bit misleading.  The Bad Mothers Book Club doesn’t even come up until the last few chapters.

My thoughts on the book…

This book will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it will remind you that you are not alone in your motherhood journey. Emmas’ story shows the struggles she is experiencing as a stay at home mom, her absolute love for her children, the highs and lows of her marriage, and so much more. It was interesting reading about her insecurities as a mother, or the insecurities she began to feel as a wife.  I am sure these feelings have been experienced by mothers everywhere. 

As mentioned above, the book also focuses a few of its chapters on the other moms Emma meets.  I think Stainton does this for multiple reasons, one, to show the readers different motherly perspectives and two, to show how much people go through behind closed doors.  One of the most important lessons in this book is to remind ourselves that how someone appears on the outside is often very different from how they feel on the inside. 

I enjoyed this book, and if you are looking for an easy, quick, and fun read, this book is for you!

About the Author:

Keris Stainton is a best selling author who has written over 14 books. The genres she writes in include adult, romcoms and young adult. She is Canadian born but now lives in England with her two boys.

Some other books by Keris Stainton:

The One That Got Away 

The One who’s NOT the One

All I want for Christmas


Oh Crap! Potty Training- Book Review

My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars – Genre: Parenting, Potty Training, – N. of Pages: 294

Why I decided to read this book:

My daughter is turning 2 in 6 days, and I feel its time we take on this next step. However, I know absolutely nothing about potty training, so I decided to research different methods, and this book continuously came up. It is definitely a book that is more suited to my personality, rather than a formal potty training book.

My review of the book:

‘Oh Crap! Potty Training’ is a very, very easy read, which is perfect for this topic. No mom wants to sit for weeks reading an overly detailed and complex book about potty training. Glowacki breaks down each stage of the potty training process and provides helpful tips if things go wrong. Many of the advice and steps she describes make a lot of sense, and I will absolutely follow her method when beginning this next stage of my daughter’s life (hopefully before the end of August). Also, although there are 20 chapters in this book, Glowacki advises all her readers not to read past Chapter 5 until potty training has begun. After Chapter 5, she helps parents overcome any challenges they are having with the potty training method. These chapters are based on common questions she gets from her clients.

My daughter has had issues with constipation and holding in her poop, so I knew that I needed to skip to chapter 10 and read the section on poop. As well, my daughter is in daycare part-time, so I wanted to read the chapter on how to approach daycare during potty training, which is Chapter 12. Lastly, my daughter can be well… spirited… to put it lightly. She can be stubborn and has recently begun to have crying fits over the smallest thing. I know that it will become a more significant issue during potty training, so I also read Chapter 13 Behiavour vs Potty Training that speaks precisely to this. Everything she wrote was constructive and made me feel much more prepared for potty training.

There are also a few things I didn’t like about this book. First off, Glowacki repeats herself A LOT, and I mean A LOT. Sometimes I would be reading a paragraph, and it felt like I had already read that same paragraph in every other chapter (like the exact same paragraph). This happened numerous times, and I got a bit annoyed by it. I am sure there is a reason for it, but, personally, it bothered me. I also do feel this book could have been summed up in far fewer pages. It seemed to become a bit redundant after a while. However, this does not take away from her method to potty training because I am convinced she knows what she is talking about, and I will surely use this method.

Things I learned from this book:

I found the first six chapters really helped me understand how to prepare for potty training and how to make it a success for my daughter. She was very explicit about what needs to happen in the house and how parents are to act throughout the first couple of days. I knew I would need to be home initially, but I didn’t realize how important it was until she laid out all the reasons why. I also know it is important to begin talking about this upcoming change to my daughter before potty training begins. For example, saying things like, “We’re almost done your diapers, you will be using the potty soon.” This allows your toddler to begin to register what is going on in a couple of days. I found her first six chapters to be very informative.

As I mentioned, pooping has been a bit of an issue for my daughter. This has been an issue since she was four months old. She has frequent constipation episodes, and sometimes we have had to use kid suppository’s to help her, which is so hard! So naturally, I am a bit concerned about how the poop in potty training will go. After reading Chapter 10, I do feel more prepared for what could go wrong and less anxious about how she will overcome this.

Chapter 12 was also beneficial because sometimes daycares are not interested in helping with the potty training process, and sometimes the daycare is entirely on board. She goes over what to do in almost any daycare situation and how to handle this obstacle. Glowacki explains how to deal with daycares who are not willing to follow the potty training plan. Luckily, after speaking with my daughter’s daycare, it sounds like they are completely on board!

Chapter 13 went into some behavioural obstacles you may encounter, depending on your toddler’s attitude. I found this helpful because I am finding as my daughter gets older, she is becoming more stubborn, and despite my efforts, this doesn’t seem to be going away. This chapter helped ease my anxiety on the behaviour topic and helped me understand how to try and overcome her reluctancy.

Final thoughts:

Overall I think this book is a great read for moms who are getting ready to potty train their toddlers. It is a quick and easy read that will help ease potty training anxiety. Her method is proven to be effective and successful. She has been doing this type of work for many many years, and I would definitely consider her an expert.

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Mom books

There are so many parenting and mom books that it can become overwhelming and daunting to choose one that fits your personality. I was more interested in reading fun books about parenting and being pregnant; I wasn’t interested in books that gave me lists or “to do’s” to add to my already long mom to-do list. I looked for books that would help me through this new stage in my life and joke around about the new reality of motherhood. The books I have included on this page were fun books that include real stories about the ups and downs of motherhood. If you’re in search of a book and haven’t been able to find one that suits you, take a look at my mom book reviews and maybe you’ll find one you like!

I have to mention one thing first, if you’re a new mom… pace yourself! You will not have that much time to read, and when you do have downtime, you may not want to read (I laid on the couch and watched Netflix most times). But, whenever you are ready to begin reading again, I think this is a great list to start with!


How to Raise Successful People – Book Review

By: Esther Wojcicki

My Rating- 5/5 Stars — Genre: Parenting, Education, Self Help — N. of Pages: 336

As a new mother, I felt very overwhelmed with the number of books about being a mother or parenting. I also didn’t have much interest in reading those books. I thought that I had a good idea of how I wanted to raise my soon to be baby and any other children I would have. Then one day, I stumbled upon an article written about a woman named Esther Wojcicki, and I was intrigued to learn more about her and her parenting tips. When I heard she was writing a book, I signed up instantly to buy it (and like I said, I don’t read books about parents or being a mom!). I am so glad I made the choice to give this book a chance because it was an incredible book!

This is the first non-fiction book I have ever read that I couldn’t put down. I wanted to continue reading and learning from this incredible woman. I think this book is one of the most important books for parents to read. I have vowed to myself to read it once a year, to refresh myself on her great ideas continually.

She begins the book by asking you, the reader, to reflect on your childhood. Whether your childhood was good or bad doesn’t matter but, being aware of the family culture that influenced your childhood is essential to understanding the parent you are aiming to be. She asks you to stop and answer her quiz to be more aware of how your parents raised you. I found this extremely interesting. It was interesting dissecting the good and bad of my childhood and understanding what I wanted to bring to my children and what I didn’t.

After the childhood exploration portion, she dives into her main parenting focus, which is TRICK. TRICK stands for – Trust, Responsibility, Independence, Collaboration and Kindness. She spends numerous chapters on each concept expressing its importance for children. This is what she stems her entire philosophy of parenting. She believes that these five pillars are the most important things to teach your children from a very young age. With this, your children will grow up to be successful adults, whatever path they choose in life.

Each chapter includes scientific research on the benefits of the specific pillar and how she instilled it in her home and how parents can do this in their home. She also expresses how many MANY mistakes will be made along the way because HEY were all learning, and we’re human and make mistakes. She reminds the reader of that often that she too made many mistakes, but luckily our children forgive us!

She ends her book with an emphasis on the importance of empathy and giving back to your community. She expresses how important it is to teach your kids this by taking part in community service by bringing them along to fundraisers by showing them to fight for what’s right. Teaching young kids this lesson is essential for how they grow into adults and treat other people around them. It was a very moving chapter.

This book is excellent!

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Mom Truths – Book Review

My Rating- 5/5 Stars — Genre: Nonfiction, Parenting, Humour — N. of Pages: 224

Why I read this book…

As a new mom, I felt like my emotions were playing tricks on me. Some days I would feel great, and other days I would feel really low. I found myself feeling alone and isolated, and I was scared to express what I was feeling. None of my friends had babies, so I couldn’t really turn to them for support, and if I did vent to them, I ended up feeling like a terrible mom. I thought my friends would think I didn’t love my baby, so I stopped expressing my emotions. I needed an outlet; I needed another mom’s perspective and opinion on all the feelings I was feeling. That is when randomly (unless Instagram can hear my thoughts), I stumbled upon the Cat and Nat Instagram page. I saw some of their hilarious videos, and I knew I needed to learn more. I did some ‘Googling’ on these two moms and realized they had written a book about motherhood, and it included REAL feelings and perspectives on their motherhood journey. I was a bit apprehensive about reading any ‘mom books’ because I thought they would just tell me I was a bad mom, but I gave this book a chance, and I am glad I did. The book is called Mom Truths, and I recommend it to all new moms!

About the book… 

Cat and Nat speak so candidly about their feelings and emotions about motherhood. Motherhood is a wild ride, sometimes you feel like you are acing it (very few times did I think this way), and sometimes you feel like a terrible mom (I mostly felt this way). Cat and Nat make you feel amazing about who you are as a mother and give you helpful tips on how to go through your Mom journey in your own way.

Cat and Nat take the time to speak separately throughout their book and provide the readers with their different approaches to motherhood. They compare and contrast their methods, which was very interesting to read. Each chapter dives into vital topics about modern motherhood. For example, Chapter 11: Instagram is Bullshit; this is something every mom (actually everyone) in the social media world deals with daily. You’re having a bad day, you scroll through social media, and people are posting these glamorous amazing pictures of their fantastic baby. This instantly puts you in a bad place. In Chapter 11, they break down these thoughts and feelings that you have and how common it is to feel that way! This is just one example from their book, but honestly, every chapter is so helpful.

This book was a fun, sassy, humorous and, most importantly REAL book about motherhood. I really recommend this book to all moms.

What I learned from the book…

I learned some excellent tips for motherhood and raising children, but most importantly, I learned to trust my motherly instincts. I learned that every mom goes through the same thoughts and feelings that I have gone through and that I am not alone. I realized the importance of having people in my life that will bring me up, not down. I knew what kind of mom friends I wanted, and I felt more confident to be myself and to discuss what I felt were my shortcomings as a mom. If you have the right group of friends, they will be there for you and bring you up when you’re feeling down. After reading this book, I began to feel much more comfortable in my new mom skin!

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About Trish

Hello everyone, my name is Trish! Thank you for visiting my blog.

I’m here to discuss BOOKS! I always have (well maybe not when I was younger) LOVED to read! I find my love for reading is only increasing every day through my exploration of many different genres. In the beginning, I found myself gravitating towards historical fiction novels because I LOVE history (please don’t automatically turn away, I read many other topics too!). I also love fun romantic books, humour books, biographies, current event books, political books, and so many more BOOKS.

I enjoy getting recommendations on my next book from friends, family and sometimes a blog or two. I always enjoyed writing little notes and reviews about the books I read. After writing my reviews, I would decide whether I would recommend the book to a friend or family member. That is when I began thinking about turning my reviews into a blog that everyone can view, writing for other people who love reading and are looking for some book recommendations! I also love discussing the books that I have read, so please comment on the blog whenever possible.

I have no reviewer awards or anything of the sort but, I have recommended lots of the books to friends and family, and their responses are always great! So if you are interested, take a look through some of the books I have read and reviewed and tell me what you think!

Some personal notes about me:

I have been married for about 5 years now; I have a beautiful 2-year-old daughter (who is going through her terrible twos right now). As a new mom, I sometimes enjoy reading fun and humorous books about motherhood, that I think all new moms need to read (to help us relax a bit)! I have a career I enjoy (but not overly passionate about), and I am always looking for new things to do and explore. This blog is my next adventure! I have a large, loud and loving Greek family that I absolutely adore. I have always lived in Canada, but I recently relocated to Switzerland for my husband’s job!

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