Between raising a child, juggling the demands of work, running a household and dealing with everything life throws her way, it’s no secret that the modern-day mother has plenty on her plate. Which is why we’ve compiled a handy list of inspirational, self-help books that serve up nuggets of wisdom and practical advice on topics like work-life balance, postpartum care, and more. Happy reading!
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
“I’m too busy”, “Maybe next time”, “I don’t think I can do that”. If these sentences sound familiar to you, and reaching for opportunities outside your comfort zone has become a foreign concept, then Year of Yes is a must-read. Written by Shonda Rhimes, the award-winning creator of Grey’s Anatomy, and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder, this best-selling memoir shares the liberating experiences Shonda had when she started saying “yes”.
Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur by Cara Alwill Leyba
Touted as the “roadmap for female entrepreneurs, professional women, side hustlers and anyone in between”, Girl Code is an inspirational guidebook to building confidence, eradicating fear and jealousy, and building a supportive network.
The Pie Life by Samantha Ettus
Proper work-life balance is hard work, especially when you’re a working mother who’s juggling personal and professional responsibilities. That’s where The Pie Life comes in. Aside from handy tips and practical advice to sustain and thrive at both, the self-help book incorporates hundreds of personal stories from successful women the likes of Shonda Rhimes (her best-selling book features on the list too!), news anchor Gayle King, and entrepreneur Liz Lange.
Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Need a quick pick-me-up? Try picking up Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You. Penned by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of Hamilton, this beautifully illustrated book is chockfull of positive affirmations to inspire readers at the beginning and end of each day.
A Year of Positive Thinking: Daily Inspiration, Wisdom, and Courage by Cyndie Spiegel
Just like its title suggests, A Year of Positive Thinking is loaded with 365 days worth of positive thinking inspirations, exercises and affirmations to guide readers towards visualising and living their best lives.
The Little Book Of Self-Care For New Mums by Beccy Hands and Alexis Stickland
Navigate the ups and downs of new motherhood with this handy survival guide. Beyond the practical advice to help care for the needs of your postnatal body, the book includes much-needed tips and tricks new mummies can turn to when the overwhelm sets in. Written by professional doula Beccy Hands and midwife Alexis Stickland, the book tackles lesser discussed but equally important postnatal issues and offers plenty of support for mummies.