Look, I get it. This motherhood gig is hard, maybe especially if you are home with your children 93% of the time like I am. Sometimes you just want to eat your granola bar without having to read another book aloud between bites, right?
These mothers get that, too. So when you’re looking for a little solidarity during the eighth picture book in a row or the bedtime rush, think about turning to these literary mamas:
- Olivia. I bought this as a board book for Pippin even though it overlapped with his interests not at all, because it was telling me something I needed to hear when her mother tells Olivia, “”You know, you really wear me out. But I love you anyway.” Who doesn’t feel this way at the end of a long day with an active, delightful, exasperating toddler?
- Five Minutes’ Peace. Mrs. Large just wants a bath, OK? And a minute to herself! It’s not too much to ask, except her three elephant children have their own plans. I think my mother in law bought me this one. She knows how it is.
- Waiting for Baby. Who doesn’t scowl when the toddler is being loud and impatient and you’re a million weeks pregnant? (This literary mama appears to be rescued by her mother’s arrival and the baking of cookies. Same here.)