JODIE’S PARENTING BOOKS

“All of my books have a story. Because all of my books seemed to emerge out of a personal crisis. Unfortunately. Here are my books’ stories…”

LITTLE BUNDLE: COMFORT AND INSPIRATION FOR BABY’S FIRST YEAR

Little Bundle was my first parenting book. I’d been a successful, relatively in control woman without kids. Then I had a baby, and my life changed fundamentally. I was in no way prepared.

I felt in-ept, overwhelmed, and physically and emotionally exhausted. I loved my baby dearly, but I didn’t love everything about caring for a newborn. I was floored.

I found many of the baby parenting books focused on giving technical advice – how to wrap, feed and settle your baby. They were useful. But only to a point.

That’s because I was also looking for emotional support. Someone to tell me that what I was feeling was completely normal, and in fact, many (or most) other new parents felt exactly the same way – even if they didn’t admit it.

Little Bundle is the book I wish I had when I first became a parent. It’s like a trusted friend who shares with you all the experiences of your baby’s first year with warmth and heart. I hope you find it equally reassuring.

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FULL BELLY: COMFORT AND INSPIRATION FOR PREGNANCY & BIRTH

Full Belly was my second parenting book. Or probably more accurately, my first pregnancy book.

After writing Little Bundle, I realised that I’d missed an important step along the parenting path. I’d missed the part that begins with a positive pregnancy test and ends with a baby in your arms.

Plus, in retrospect, I really, really wished that I’d been better prepared for my baby. I read A LOT. And did a lot of research. But I still wasn’t fully prepared.

That’s because most of the pregnancy books focused on technical advice – your baby’s development, finding your pelvic floor, the three stages of labour.

But there’s an emotional story to pregnancy too. And there are some messages we can hear in pregnancy that can really help with what comes immediately after – caring for your tiny, little newborn. Full Belly offers that.

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THE PARENT MANIFESTO: HOW TO CREATE A PARENTING APPROACH THAT’S PERFECT FOR YOUR FAMILY

The Parent Manifesto came after what I call my Twilight moment.

Imagine this scenario: I had two young children. I was running a business. I had high expectations for myself and my family. So what happened?

I reached burn out and fell in a major heap. A friend leant me the Twilight book series and it was exactly the distraction I needed.

I checked out and chilled out. Then after some careful self-analysis, I emerged with a new idea.

A book that helps parents to raise their kids in a way that fits with their values and desires.

A book that doesn’t tell parents how to raise their kids – and certainly didn’t finger point. But one that helps parents to discover their parenting values and beliefs to create a family life that feels absolutely right. Happier kids. Happier family times. Bingo.

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INTUITIVE PARENTING: A GUIDE TO RAISING YOUR CHILDREN WITH YOUR HEAD, HEART & SOUL

My next book Intuitive Parenting was supposed to be inspired by a trip to Paris or some other exotic location. Because, surely, it wouldn’t take another meltdown…But what can I say. This was my Harry Potter moment.

Imagine this scenario: I still had two young children. I was still running a business. I still had high expectations of myself and my family. I fell in another, albeit slightly different, heap.

This time I read all the Harry Potter books, and watched all the movies. Brilliant distraction.

And this time I re-emerged with the next plank in my parenting philosophy.

It’s about our intuition. Our own insight. Our ability to raise our kids amazingly well because we’re in touch with ourselves and our kids. We’re connected. We’re aware. And we’re raising kids who have the same amazing abilities. Powerful indeed.

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