When I was offered the chance to review a new book called Becoming Mum, written by Dr. Koa Whittingham, I knew it was an offer I couldn’t resist. How perfect, as I go through one of the most exciting, yet intimidating times in my life, to be able to find a book like Becoming Mum. Sure, I have all my books about pregnancy, books about labor and books about the baby week-by-week once she comes, but did I have anything that talked to me about the mental and life changes I was about to go through as I become a mom? Absolutely not… until Becoming Mum, that is!
Becoming Mum is a unique, new self-help book. It is the first book written to support women through the psychological passage to motherhood, empowering them to become the kind of mother they wish to be. Not only does the book tell you how to become that kind of mother, but it guides your thinking with writing and journaling prompts, and encourages you to truly give a lot of thought to things like what values are important to you, what kind of person you want your child to grow up to be and more. One of my favorite things about the book is that it asks a question like, “If you were to meet your son or daughter in 20 years, what kind of person would you want them to be?” Then it gives you space to write in that answer. I love that this book also serves as a journal, because you can easily reflect back on your goals and aspirations for your child throughout the years.
The author, Dr. Koa Whittingham, is a parenting researcher at the University of Queensland, a clinical and developmental psychologist and a mother. Dr. Whittingham lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband and her daughter, and wrote most of Becoming Mum while pregnant with her daughter and throughout infancy. Be sure to follow her on Twitter at @WhittinghamKoa for a wealth of knowledge in under 140 characters!
This book has truly made me feel mentally prepared for Anissa Marie’s upcoming arrival. I’ve had time to sit and ponder, journal and reflect. You can purchase your own copy of Becoming Mum online, to find out for yourself just how mentally preparing Becoming Mum is, and to have your own dreams and aspirations journal, of sorts, for your little one!
Disclaimer: This review was made possible by Dr. Koa Whittingham, author of Becoming Mum. I received a copy of the book for review, however all opinions are 100% mine.