Book Club (August, 2014)

Grab a cup of tea, curl up on the couch and enjoy our pregnancy and baby book selections and reviews for August!


The Complete Buddhism for Mothers by Sarah Napthali (Allen & Unwin, $35)

It’s a rare mother who has never at some stage closed her eyes, taken a deep breath and said to herself: “Stay calm, stay calm…”! Drawing on personal experience and ancient Buddhist teachings, Sarah Napthali shows us how applying Buddhist principals to everyday life can make you a happier and calmer mother. Shop the book.



The Women’s Health Book by The Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne (William Heinemann, $35))

With so much attention and focus being on the new baby, it can be easy to put your own health and wellbeing on the backburner. The Women’s Health Book is written by specialists in women’s health and is a realistic and practical guide to looking after your own physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Shop the book.



Stepmother Love by Sally Collins (Simon & Schuster, $29.99)

Just consult any fairy tale and you will soon learn: stepmothers are wicked. And ugly. And they hate kids. The reality is that in Australia, one in four families are ‘blended’ and everywhere there are women loving, caring and raising stepchildren – a complex and sometimes frightening role that comes with no handbook. Until now. In Stepmother Love, 10 women share their inspirational tips and stories on successful stepmothering. Shop the book.



Ten Conversations You Must Have With Your Son by Tim Hawkes (Hardie Grant Books, $34.95)

There are many uncomfortable conversations we have to have with our kids. It’s part of parenting – our job is to share our experiences and dish out advice, in the hope that our kids grow up to become happy, healthy contributors to the world. But it’s not always easy. In Ten Conversations You Must Have With Your Son Dr Hawkes examines ten key topics – love, identity, values, leadership, achievement, sex, money, health, living together and resilience – and guides us through starting and conducting those conversations. Shop the book.


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