Though billed as a book for people with many children, Mary Ostyn’s wonderful debut, A Sane Woman’s Guide to Raising a Large Family, is full of information that any parent can put to good use. The author — a mother of 10 who works from home — offers up tried and true tips for daily challenges like bedtime, school, making space, and assigning chores, and takes a look at bigger issues, like dismantling the Supermom myth and encouraging friendships between siblings, as well. Some of the passages are reminiscent of posts from her blog, Owlhaven, which makes the book feel like a chat with an old friend. Her straightforward, friendly writing style and her insightful, common-sense approach to parenting makes the book empowering and accessible — just the thing for readers who are wondering if there’s a better way to handle the day-to-day challenges of raising a family.
$13 at Amazon.com
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