"A gift that will inspire and empower moms to trust their innate wisdom."
--Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D., author of The Conscious Parent and The Awakened Family
"Mothering With Courage is an excellent guide to mothering consciously: with heart, mind, and eyes open. Bonnie Compton knows this mothering path can never be done perfectly (what a relief) and she invites us to keep growing as we raise our children. Her decades of personal and professional experience--as a mother, a grandmother, child & adolescent therapist and a parenting counselor--make her a certified wisdomkeeper. Thank goodness she does not keep that wisdom to herself, but shares it all with us in this wonderful book!"
--Sil Reynolds, co-author of Mothering & Daughtering: Keeping Your Bond Strong Through the Teen Years
"Motherhood is not all cuddles and kisses. It is difficult, messy, and exhausting. Mothering with Courage, by Bonnie Compton, shares information and advice on how to make mothering a more rewarding job while raising happier, healthier children.
This book asks mothers to examine the relationship that they have with their children and discusses topics including hopes and dreams, teaching and learning from children, and behavior and discipline, as well as each mother's unique history that guides and shapes how she interacts with her kids. Practices as simple as setting aside a few minutes each day to connect with the children begins the process of learning what is needed to nurture a more open, honest relationship. Central to this is the idea that a mother already knows what is best for her and her family, and that she must learn to trust and follow her intuition.
The organization of this book makes it an easy resource to refer to over and over again. There is a summary at the beginning of each chapter that is particularly helpful in understanding what is to come. Lists of thought-provoking journaling questions throughout the book help mothers to identify what really matters and will be worth revisiting: 'When do you feel most connected with your children? When do you feel least connected?' Finally, an appendix at the end of the book is full of tips that serve as reminders of the lessons learned and will certainly be valuable throughout the child raising years.
It is easy to get lost in the daily tasks of motherhood. It is not so easy for a mother to navigate through parenthood staying aware of both her goals as a mother and her child's true needs. This is exactly what Mothering with Courage teaches moms to do. Motherhood may not be easy, but Mothering with Courage may help to make it a far more rewarding experience."
"In the busy life of a parent, it may seem like self-reflection is a bit of a luxury; who has time to really think about how we parent--and why--when lost in the daily crush? Therapist Bonnie Compton, however, believes it's important we find the time to do just that. Self-reflection is perhaps the ultimate form of mindfulness, and taking the time to really think about our lives as parents can make a huge difference in the way we relate to our children, our spouses, and even ourselves. Her book Mothering With Courageis packed with information, stories, quotes, and more to get readers really thinking about their parenting styles. Each chapter contains a concise summary, making it easy to absorb this info in small bites, but readers will benefit even more if they take the time to read through every page of this deceptively slim book. Readers will also love the journaling exercises sprinkled throughout every chapter; these writing prompts will help parents determine what's working for them . . . and what's not. This is a great book that is sure to inspire parents to work on themselves."
--San Francisco Book Review