Do you enjoy reading books? I know. You’re thinking, “Yeah…like I have time to read! I’m a mama and a teacher for goodness sake!” I get it, but do you ever get an opportunity during the summer to read just for fun? I don’t mean school-related material, I’m talking about something you WANT to read. Consider throwing one of these “summer reads for mamas” in your suitcase before your vacation. You won’t be disappointed.
Reigniting My Love of Reading
I’ve always loved reading, but when my boys were born, the only thing I read was diaper labels, rash cream descriptions, and ingredient lists. As they grew, I never had time to read. Well, that isn’t entirely true. I’d read aloud to them all the time, but I didn’t read books outside of those with pictures. And, quite frankly, I forgot how much I enjoyed it.
Then one summer as I was packing for our vacation, I decided to throw a book in the suitcase…”just in case.” I had no real intention of reading it. But somehow on that trip the stars aligned, and I found a few quiet moments to read. And just like that, my lost love had been rediscovered.
Now that my boys are older, I find ways to carve out a few minutes to read here and there. And while I love fiction, I now find myself gravitating to books about parenting and life. I’ve found so many amazing books that have changed my perspective, and I want to share some of my favorites with you. That way, if you find yourself able to read on vacation this summer, you’ll have some exceptional choices to reignite your passion for reading and parenting!
Amazing Summer Reads for Mamas
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The first two books I mention are geared toward parents in general, but I feel they speak to us as mamas on a much deeper level. The last two books are for us as women, challenging us to become the very best version of ourselves. I hope you find this list to be as enlightening as I have.
Bringing Up Boys by James Dobson
Hands down, the absolute best book I’ve ever read when it comes to understanding boys. In fact, I love it so much that I buy it as a gift for new mamas expecting boys. If you are a boy mama, you MUST read this book, it will change your whole mindset. As an added bonus, it will help you understand your husband, too. Even if you’re not a boy mama, but you teach or work with boys in any capacity, you need this book. It is a game-changer. (For those of you that have girls, there is a Bringing Up Girls book by this same author. While I haven’t read it, I’m sure it’s just as amazing as the boy version.)
Reset for Parents by Todd Friel
This book has opened my eyes and changed my approach in disciplining my boys. I want my boys to know that I don’t discipline them because I am stronger or because I am “better” than them. They now know that when they are disobeying or being rebellious they are sinning against the Lord. We have had some very in-depth conversations about the implications of their actions and how mercy and grace fit in the picture. This has been an awesome book!
The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst
I’ve already mentioned this book before, but it’s so good, I figured I’d mention it again. This book has been pivotal in helping me define when to say yes to something and when to say no. I’ve learned that there are times I can say no with confidence, and not feel guilty about it. If you struggle with saying no, this is a must read! You’ll be so glad you did.
Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford
If you’ve ever felt guilty for the amount of time you spend glued to your phone, distracted, or simply not being present, you need to read this book. With so many distractions, it’s easy to become absorbed in everything going on around us. Unfortunately, this means we don’t attend to the most important things in our lives…our children and families. This book is one mama’s journey to creating an abundant, unplugged, and connected life with her husband and children. She gives you actionable steps to achieve the life that you want! I’m going to be reading this book again this summer.
Remember, if you still have little bitty kiddos, reading may be something that doesn’t happen in the traditional sense. But, thanks to the invention of audiobooks, you can actually “read” without reading! You can listen while you’re driving, exercising, or cooking dinner…at least theoretically. (If not, just remember to check these books out in a couple of years.) If you do have an opportunity to read or “listen” to any of these books, I would love for you to share your thoughts in the comments below!