5 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Moms

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Flowers. Chocolate. Brunch. These are the things that Mother's Day gifts are made of. But in my mind, there's no better gift than a book. The chance, and the excuse, to curl up and relax with words and thoughts and tears and laughs makes me swoon.

And when it comes to books that make great gifts for moms, I have specific ones in mind. It's not the books that tell how to parent or how to love, it's the ones that help us breathe easier, laugh at ourselves, and realize that we're not alone on our best, or our worst, days.

It's the books that leave us standing shoulder-to-shoulder and ready to give each other an “I've been there, too, sister” high five.

Roseanne Amoils, career coach, life balance expert, and founder of What's Next Club, a New York-based career and personal life coaching company, says, “Being honest about what's really happening in your life is such a gift to pay forward. We spend too much time pretending that our life is perfect.”

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Doesn't that just distil what really matters in friendships during this equally amazing and overwhelming stage of life? There is a genre of books out there that's written by moms for the purpose of bringing women closer together by baring their real stories. And these are the books that make great gifts for the moms in your life.

Amoils says, “It is so important to have friends with whom you can share your real life and not the made-for-TV version.” And to that, we say, amen.

Here are five books to read and to gift to your mama friends.

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Scary Mommy

In a culture that idealizes motherhood, it's scary to confess that, in your house, being a mother is beautiful and dirty and joyful and frustrating all at once. Admitting that it's not easy doesn't make you a bad mom–at least, it shouldn't. When Jill Smokler was first home with her small children, she thought her blog would be something to keep friends and family updated. To her surprise, she hit a chord in the hearts of mothers everywhere. Total strangers were contributing their views on that strange reality called motherhood. As other women shared their stories, Jill realized she wasn't alone in her feelings of exhaustion and imperfection. From there, her blog turned into a confessional where women shared (what they thought were) their dirtiest secrets but within a community of like-minded women. And from Jill's words and those of her community, a book was born. Actually, two books were born.

In Confessions of a Scary Mommy, Jill shares her confessions laced with the best from her blog's confessional. Together this makes for a laugh-out-loud read that you'll nod your way through muttering, Thank goodness it's not just me!

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And in Motherhood Comes Naturally and Other Vicious Lies, Jill debunks more than twenty pervasive myths about motherhood with the hope of giving you what few others will dare: the truth.

What we love about these books: They're dig-deep honest and laugh-out-loud funny, making them perfect gifts!

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The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality

In an era of mommy blogs, Pinterest, and Facebook, The Good Mother Myth dismantles the social media-fed notion of what it means to be a “good mother.” This collection of essays takes a realistic look at motherhood and provides a platform for real voices and raw stories, each adding to the narrative of motherhood we don't tend to see in the headlines or on the news.

From mind-bending, panic-inducing, and overwhelming tales to a reflection on using weed instead of wine to deal with the terrible twos, the honesty of the essays creates a community of mothers who refuse to feel like they're in competition with others or with the notion of the ideal mom. They're just trying to find a way to make it work. With a foreword by Christy Turlington Burns, this remarkable collection seeks to debunk the myth and offer some honesty about what it means to be a mother.

What we love about this book: The writing is impeccable and thoughtful, and the collection dives into the topics that real moms want to talk about but don't always realize they can.

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I Just Want to Pee Alone

Hasn't every mother said it before? “I just want to pee alone!” I Just Want to Pee Alone is a collection of hilarious essays from 37 mom bloggers. The writing is disarming because it's so relatable and so ridiculously funny. What we all learn over time is that motherhood is the toughest – and funniest – job you'll ever love. Raising kids is hard work. The pay sucks, your boss is a tyrant, and the working conditions are pitiful – you can't even take a bathroom break without being interrupted with another outrageous demand. The best armor we mothers can have for these long days and interrupted bathroom breaks is our humor. And that's what this book is about.

What we love about this book: Bottom line: — t's funny. The voices in the essays go straight from the blog to the page making them relatable and fun to read.

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This is Childhood

10 mothers. 10 essays.

From the publishers of Brain, Child Magazine, this collection of essays will make you laugh, cry, consider, wonder, and remember. Ten mother writers bring to life those precious early years with each essay focusing on a single age of childhood. Whether you are a new mom just starting on the journey of motherhood or a mother who has gone through some or all of the first ten years, these essays bring insight–or bring you back. This is Childhood includes prompts and places to write your own memories, turning each age into a conversation and a keepsake.

What we love about this book: The writing, the memories, and the heart. This one is a keepsake whose words will stick with you, and journaling pages will inspire you to pen your own memories.

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5 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Moms

Galit Breen is the bestselling author of Kindness Wins, a simple guide to teaching your child to be kind online; the TEDx Talk, “Raising a digital kid without having been one”; the online course Raise Your Digital Kid™; and the Facebook group The Savvy Parents Club. She believes you can get your child a phone and still create a grass-beneath-their-bare-feet childhood for them. Galit’s writing has been featured on The Huffington Post; The Washington Post; Buzzfeed; TIME; and more. She liv ... More

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