Stop And Smell Your Children – The Book
Ready to laugh about motherhood and be encouraged? Tired of feeling overwhelmed and stressed out in the baby and toddler season? Need some fresh vision and perspective so you can enjoy—not just endure—your young children?
Amazon Best-Seller Stop and Smell Your Children: Laugh and Enjoy the Little Years offers moms-to-be and moms of young children short, real-life parenting stories that encourage and inspire. Leah Spina, mother of three young children, and former journalist, unleashes humor and perspective for tired moms who are parenting the “little” years. From the excitement of the positive pregnancy test to morning sickness and the banes of pregnancy, to childbirth, babies, toddlers and new parent struggles, the stories will make you laugh and see beauty in the chaos. Each story also includes thought-provoking takeaways to help busy moms gain a fresh outlook.
Strangers remind us that our children will be small only for a short time and to enjoy each moment. But then we return to the wild reality of parenting young children! All-night crying sessions. Never-ending laundry. Every-three-hour feeding schedules. Diaper explosions and projectile spit-up. Teething. Potty training. Yes, we enjoy our children, but we’d also like to enjoy a shower that lasts more than two minutes, or a meal that isn’t lukewarm (if we’re lucky). The truth is, pregnancy and parenting young children can be hard at times. But it can also be one of the best chapters of our lives, if we can learn to laugh and change our mindset.
Young children are one of life’s greatest gifts. Each page of this easy read will help you truly enjoy the “little” years!
Leah’s commitment to the spiritual work of motherhood is evident on every page of this lovingly written reminder to slow down and savor every moment.
Katrina Kenison, Author of Mitten Strings for God
Most young women and new mamas too often encounter the horror stories of parenting, but, in this oftentimes hilarious and always inspiring book, Leah has turned the terrible into terrific by sharing her stories of parenting with true delight. So if you want to laugh and enjoy, too, stop and buy NOW!
Shonda Parker, Author of Mommy Diagnostics: The Art of Taking Care of Your Family, Speaker, Mother of seven, and grandmother of two www.naturallyhealthy.org
If you are in the early years of motherhood with little ones at home, this book is for you. Author Leah Spina takes readers on a humorous tour through the normal stages and learning experiences of parenting, including pregnancy, birth, sleepless nights, potty training, and more. The book feels like a conversation with a friend who shares her best and funniest motherhood tales—at times I found myself laughing out loud. And woven through it all, she invites you to reflect and examine how you can ‘stop and smell’ your children more. There were so many times while reading this book that I thought, “Exactly!” It was refreshing to hear stories from someone in the exact stage of motherhood I am in. She doesn’t sugar coat anything—often revealing her biggest challenges. It felt good to know that I’m not the only one who has struggled with these things.
Sarah Monson, powerofmoms.com
Leah’s writing style is hilarious and witty. Her stories are must-reads for moms who want to gain a little perspective in their season of child-rearing. Leah gives priceless tips, techniques, and insights for on-purpose parenting. You will gain proven wisdom and many good pointers, passed down from her own parents—this book has it all. You will want one for your girlfriend and sister. I highly recommend it to moms everywhere—don’t hesitate! Start reading now!
Judie Byrd, Author of Help! My Family’s Hungry! Speaker, and Business Owner www.judiebyrd.com