A much-needed voice of encouragement for every woman who had a baby and lost her mind
Sometimes, motherhood feels never-ending. A child is born, chaos ensues, and it seems like life will never return to normal.
In You Are a F*cking Awesome Mom, award-winning journalist and Instagram star Leslie Anne Bruce acknowledges that, yes, motherhood is a total mind f*ck-but then she offers the self-empowerment lessons new mothers need to get through the psychic upheaval and emerge stronger than ever. After childbirth, a woman's body, her relationships, and her very sense of self are tested like never before. Bruce encourages readers to look past the sugarcoated truisms about the miracles of child-rearing in order to embrace the real joys of motherhood, spit-up stains and all.
Loaded with unfettered support from a mom who has been through it all, You Are a F*cking Awesome Mom offers a lifeline of encouragement, inspiration, and community for the new mama who got a baby, lost her mind, and desperately wants to find herself again.
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About the Author
Leslie Anne Bruce is a five-time New York Times bestselling coauthor/ghostwriter and an award-winning entertainment journalist, formerly of Us Weekly and the Hollywood Reporter. She is the founder and editor in chief of Unpacified, an online community for like-minded women to discuss motherhood through an unfiltered, judgment-free lens of honesty and humor. She lives in Los Angeles.
Table of Contents
Letter to the Reader 1
1 Everyone Lied 7
2 The Birth of a Mother 17
3 You Were Not Prepared for This: The Postpartum Rite of Passage 31
4 But It Looks So Easy on Instagram 55
5 Things Might Suck for a While 67
6 Birds of a Feather Pee Their Pants Together: Finding Your Mom Tribe 85
7 You Won't Actually Get a Divorce (Probably) 97
8 There Is No / in Motherhood: Surrendering to Your Postpartum Identity Crisis 113
9 How You Feed Your Baby Is Not Up for Public Debate. Period. 125
10 When a Good Cry Becomes a Tsunami 143
11 Not Sleeping is the Enemy: Tools for Saving Your Sanity 159
12 "Lean In" to High-Waisted Denim: Learning to Love Your Mom Bod 177
13 Shame Over: Turning Off the Outside Noise 189
14 No, You Cannot Do It All: Rewiring How You Value Success 199
15 You're Not Causing Permanent Damage: The Daily Struggle with Mom Guilt 211
16 A Selfish Mom Is an Awesome Mom 223
17 Motherhood Doesn't Come with an Epidural 233
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Yesss!!! This is the best book that not only gives truthful advice but true and relatable. Leslie is like your own therapist for us mothers, new mothers, and soon to be mothers. This book is a must have for every mother who thinks is alone or who feel guilty about the way they are parenting. This book makes you laugh, cry, and even say “Omg that is so true “you’ll feel the connection. 100 STRS given and 100% recommended!!!
If there was a way to give this book ten stars I would. Leslie Bruce manages to sum up emerging into new motherhood so perfectly in the most honest parenting book I have ever read. She is witty, real, relatable, informative, without judgement or shaming. I was either laughing or crying at each chapter. Whether you are a new mom or even have kids already, all moms need to read this! I just hope she continues to write more because I am a forever fan!
I have read many parenting books and this one is a breath of fresh (and honest) air. I first heard Leslie Ann Bruce when she was interviewed on the Atomic Moms Podcast, where she boldly embraced her mom guilt saying it was proof of how much she cared for her children and family. Most parenting "experts" will provide moms with tips and tricks on how to alleviate Mom Guilt, instead Leslie Ann Bruce dedicates an entire chapter to the topic including a comprehensive list of "stuff" You Need to Stop Feeling Guilty About (she doesn't say "stuff" but I don't want this review to be blocked for language). Speaking of the language she uses is colorful, honest and she says everything many of us are feeling but don't say because we think we are the only ones. This is an excellent book for first time moms as she tackles all the topics no one tells you about in a real and heartfelt way. I will be buying multiple copies to give as gifts to all my new my mom friends!