You and I, as Mothers: A Raw and Honest Guide to Motherhood

You and I, as Mothers: A Raw and Honest Guide to Motherhood

by Laura Prepon


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Actress, director, and New York Times bestselling author Laura Prepon’s raw and honest guide to navigating motherhood.

When Laura Prepon first became a mother, she barely recognized herself.

As someone who always loved being prepared, Prepon felt raw, full of stress, and blindsided. She sought out resources to help navigate this huge life transition, but only found books about childcare with almost nothing on the shelves about momcare. So, Laura decided to write the book she was looking for.

You and I, as Mothers: A Raw and Honest Guide to Motherhood is part memoir, part handbook, as Laura digs into her own unconventional upbringing and investigates how it shaped her as a person and as a mother, with intimate stories and never-before-shared anecdotes brought forth in an effort to understand our collective experience as mothers. The book is packed with practical tips for moms of any age, at any stage of motherhood, such as stress reduction techniques, self-care, protecting one’s partnership, asking for help, and getting a global perspective on maternity, and includes a selection of easy and delicious recipes, from ideas for kids-friendly food, to romantic dinner dates, and batch-cooking favorites that will help any parent feed their family.

Laura also interweaves insights and interviews from her “Mom Squad”: an eclectic group of mothers of all ages and professional backgrounds, including a world-renowned survival expert, a top neuroscientist,creator of Orange Is the New Black Jenji Kohan, actress Mila Kunis, author and activist Amber Tamblyn, and chef Daphne Oz—among other inspiring moms, who lend their voices to the much needed conversation of what it means to be a mother.

Unfiltered, honest, and insightful, Laura encourages the reader to acknowledge their challenges, embrace their strengths, and celebrate their victories as we navigate the greatest adventure of all: motherhood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419742972
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 04/07/2020
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 39,658
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Laura Prepon is a versatile actress whose career spans both film and television. She made her television debut on the long-running sitcom That ’70s Show, portraying Donna Pinciotti, and recently wrapped the seventh season of the hit Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black, on which she portrayed Alex Vause. In addition to her on-camera work in Orange Is the New Black, Laura directed multiple episodes. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of The Stash Plan.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A New Kind of "Plus One" viii

Chapter 1 Ready, Set … Mother! My Crash-Landing into Motherhood 6

Chapter 2 How Were You Mothered? Looking Back in Order to Look Forward 16

Chapter 3 You, Version 2.0, Mom Edition: Exploring Your Maternal Superpowers 28

Chapter 4 Control: Learning When and How to Let Go 38

Chapter 5 Stress: A Mother's Daily Challenge 64

Chapter 6 Motherhood around the World: How Other Cultures Do It 92

Chapter 7 Community: The Importance of a Mom Squad 102

Chapter 8 Keeping the Love Alive: Tips for Nurturing Your Relationship 114

Chapter 9 Mama Needs Some TLC: The Benefits of Self-Care 134

Chapter 10 Let's Talk Food: The Nourishment Nitty-Gritty 148

Chapter 11 Recipes 164

A Final Word 206

Notes 209

Acknowledgments 215

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