These new books will help add new tools to your parenting tool box

“Mom Milestones: The True Story of the First Seven Years” by Grace Farris (Workman Publishing)

Forget the sugar-coated tales of what it means to be a new mom. This funny, quick-to-read, graphic version gives the real story. It takes you from “Before Mom Was Born” (hint: she could take her time with meals) all the way through the early elementary years. You will accumulate toys, find places to hide out for a moment’s piece, learn how to leave the house again, and ultimately, fill your heart to bursting. This is a terrific gift for a baby shower or just to yourself.

“You-ology: A Puberty Guide for Every Body” by Melisa Holmes, Trish Hutchinson, and Kathryn Lowe (American Academy of Pediatrics)

In the American Academy of Pediatrics’ first-ever book for children, physicians, including the creators of Girl-ology, help kids learn about themselves and their peers and just exactly what is happening to them during puberty.

Melisa Holmes, a physician, mother of three and co-founder of Girl-ology, is a faculty member at the Medical of University of South Carolina, where she holds joint appointments in pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology. She said most parents learned about puberty in groups separated by gender. This book changes that.

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