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Mother Knows Best: Recommended Reads from Moms, for Moms

Mother Knows Best: Recommended Reads from Moms, for Moms

This Mother's Day, we wanted to put the spotlight on the stories of some of our favorite reader moms. We asked them to share the books that have helped them in their journey into motherhood and beyond. Check out their recommended reads below!


Kryz Uy

Kryz shares the two essential reads she turned to during her pregnancy and now, as she steps into the world of parenting.

Mother Knows Best: Kryz Uy

Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman

Love her no-nonsense approach to parenting. It’s very practical and the least intimidating out of all the parenting books I’ve read. Sometimes we get too theoretical trying to analyze everything when it comes to our kids, but the author here makes me realize that the best teacher sometimes is just life and experience. 

 

What To Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff

For pregnancy, I really do appreciate a detailed description of what to look out for. Especially because it was my very first time. The structure of the book was the self-assurance I needed during the very anxiety-filled early days of the pandemic.

 

Kryz is a blogger, podcaster, and the bestselling author of Behind the Blog. You can find her at kryzuy.com and instagram.com/kryzzzie.

 

Kelly Misa

Kelly shares three titles that has helped her build a home for her family, from parenting to decluttering to searching—and finding—happiness.

Mother Knows Best: Kelly Misa

Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman

Loved how this book gives a fresh perspective into parenting, the French way, of course. I learned so many tips from this book, and I also got some affirmation that I was doing things correctly after all. It’s a fun and easy read, with plenty of hilarious and relatable stories.

 

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

This book is very detailed and well-researched and attempts to answer the question most of us rarely have the answer to: how to be happy. I love the personal stories the author shares, as well as quotes from books, research papers, philosopher and experts about this topic. I felt lighter and happier after reading this—it was so enjoyable.

 

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

This was definitely a life-changing idea that I’ve learned to apply to my everyday life. I am so happy to learn Marie Kondo’s decluttering tips and tricks and so far my home has been it’s cleanest because of this method. I re-read this once every quarter to inspire me to do another big declutter and it works every time.

 

Kelly is a happy wife & mom, endorser, television host and lifestyle blogger. You can find her at instagram.com/kellymisa.

 

Prin Malonzo

Prin shares the stories that helped her navigate motherhood, and even gives us a peek at the fictional mom she looks up to.

Mother Knows Best: Prin Malonzo

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Reading this is like having your very own mom friends. All the characters are so real, especially the relationships that the mothers have with their children, husbands, and friends. It is highly entertaining but also provides insight about marriage, parenting, and the many roles that we take on as women and as mothers. 

 

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

The subtlety of this novel effectively shows that sometimes the smallest details can shift the weight of the whole world, and as mothers we are even more responsible for the smallest of actions and the words that we say inside our home. This book also highlights the importance of nurture, and for parents like me to always raise children as their own person, and not as a continuation of ourselves. 

 

Beloved by Toni Morrison

My favorite book on motherhood. A pretty intense story about what motherhood means before and after slavery. I especially loved how the mother and daughter's bond transcends the borders of reality in this novel. It's a tragic story that inspires me not only to be a better mom but to be a better person, and appreciate my freedom for the privilege that it is. 

 

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Marmee is my favorite fictional mom. I admire her for her strength in raising her daughters alone while her husband is away. But more than that, I love her for her parenting style: her patience and her honesty towards her little women. She is not afraid to call them out for their conceit, but she is also generous in her praises. She teaches the value of true happiness over superficiality. If that's not perfect parenting, I don't know what is. 

 

Prin is the proud mom of a 5-year-old boy and wife to National Book Award-winning author and artist Mervin Malonzo. She is part of the small team behind the emerging indie publishing group Haliya Publishing and a co-parent of Biblioflora, a literary arts and goods store based in Manila. You can find her at princessandpages.com and instagram.com/pryngols.



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