I recently read The Ironic Self-Help Guide For Moms and aside from being hilarious and on the nose – I truly felt like every mom and especially every new mom should READ THIS BOOK!
The author of this book, Dr. Megan Phillips, uses her psychology background and her amazing wit to dig into the psyche of every mom. Dr. Phillips is not afraid to tackle hot topics such as co-sleeping, formula feeding. and the ever taboo topic of SEX after baby.
The Ironic Self-Help Guide For Moms is refreshing to read.
I was laughing and feeling empowered all at the same time. One of the themes of this book is doing what is right for your family/life.
With social media, moms are constantly bombarded with parenting suggestions, but also labels. It can feel like judgment lurks around every Facebook post. It’s freeing to have someone say it is okay, it is OKAY to do what works best for you! She said it best when she explained that her book was, “How to survive motherhood by ignoring the advice of everyone else.”
There is so much anxiety that comes with becoming and being a mom. Surviving is something most of us try to achieve, and the thought of thriving seems impossible. Thankfully, throughout the book, Dr. Phillips explores how to alleviate that anxiety and truly embrace this journey of motherhood.
She. Gets. Moms.
Dr. Phillips is a therapist who specializes in women’s mental health and it completely shows throughout this entire book. And she gets women. She is a mom who understands what every mother goes through. While I was reading I felt like she was speaking directly to me.
One of my favorite lines of the book is when she tells the reader to WOMAN-UP!
I loved this! Not only because it is so wonderful for someone to use this term, but also because while her book is very funny it also gives women permission to get help. Dr. Phillips lays out ways for moms to get help, gives them her blessing to get said help and also explains how you know if you need it and what type to get.
And as a once new mom, I know that needing help can be the absolute hardest thing to ask for.
Megan Phillips is a licensed clinical psychologist who owns a private practice that specializes in helping women and moms in Orange County (www.cottonwoodpsychologycenter.com). She is from the Pacific Northwest, but she and her husband decided to escape the rain and move to warm, sunny Southern California in 2012. Since then, she became a mom to a smart and funny little boy and an adorable baby girl. Megan enjoys cooking and taking in the local sights, and she is always up for a fun mommy’s night out.
*And if you or a mom you know is struggling, and truly needs to seek professional help, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Phillips.