Parenting

More Than a Mom

A self-care guide for mothers with special-needs children.

by Amy Baskin and Heather Fawcett
Woodbine House, $18.95
Purchase More Than a Mom

Living a full and balanced life isn’t always easy if you’re the mother of a child with special needs.

Authors Amy Baskin and Heather Fawcett know this from personal experience: Both are raising children on the autism spectrum. They reject the idea that moms should focus on everyone in the family but themselves, and have written a self-care guide to help moms avoid this unfortunate tendency. I’ve rarely found so many practical ideas in one place.

It’s plain to see that the authors of More Than a Mom understand how busy their intended audience is; while you’ll want to read it all, you don’t have to. With clearly labeled sections, including “Daily Life-Reality Check” and “Redefining Your Work Life,” it’s easy to find the information you need for a quick and practical consultation. Charts and lists abound, and the book contains a thorough resource section.

The authors offer reassurance, but they urge readers to reach out for support when they need it. This is perhaps the most important thing moms can do to keep feelings of negativity from spiraling into hopelessness or depression.

Raising a child who has ADHD or another special need can be hard. But this positive, practical, and readable book will help you make it rewarding, too.

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