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The best parenting books for mums in 2021

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Yep, it's finally 2021! And that means a whole new year of parenting books for you to sink your teeth into - when you get five minutes of course. With options concerning a whole host of topics from mental health to race and home life, there really is something everyone. So take a nosy at the bunch of new books especially for mums coming your way in 2021...

Did you know that before the Covid-19 pandemic, three quarters of working mothers faced workplace discrimination? This fantastic book from activist and mother Joeli Brearley is a complete toolkit of modern motherhood, with all the challenges from getting pregnant, maternity discrimination, the Coronavirus crisis, the motherhood penalty and more. It looks at how and why we need to solve these problems and the practical tips we can all take to help.

This lovely little book by Kate Murnane is packed with over 150 tips, tricks and hacks that will help make your home happier and your life easier. And who doesn't want that? There are tips on cleaning and tidying to cooking and playing, as well as a section dedicated to those first few these months taking care of a newborn.

You may already know Elle's first Sunday Times bestselling book Ask Me His Name following the death of her three-day-old son Teddy. In her second book, Elle reflects the reality of becoming a parent for thousands of people who have difficulty conceiving in the UK today. It details Elle's journey to her rainbow baby born in July 2020, comforting those who need it through beautifully written and comforting words.

Although not technically a parenting book, following Candice's incredible debut book I Am Not Your Baby Mother, we couldn't not include her second book, Sista Sister. A compilation of essays about all the things Candice wishes someone had talked to her about when she was a young Black girl growing up in London, the book tackles a variety of topics from family to money, sex and friendship.

If your as big a fan of singer and presenter Stacey Solomon as we are, you will adore her new book Tap to Tidy: Organising, Crafting & Creating Happiness in a Messy World. Describing the book, Stacey wrote: "I find it hard to sit still, but losing myself in a craft project or tidying a drawer is my form of meditation. It's a chance for me to forget about the things going on in the world around me for a minute. I hope this book helps you to lose yourself for a moment, too - and that you enjoy reading it and even, maybe, having a go at some of the bits inside."

Full of bite-size chunks of information and time-saving tips, Mummin' It is a parenting and lifestyle book that is relatable, helpful and fun. We love the idea of Mum's Meal Bingo, helping you to figure out what to cook on a wet Wednesday. With chapters on Food, Home, Travel, Body Positivity and Life, Harriet covers all aspects of what makes a family home tick and offers survival hacks and down-to-earth practical advice to help your home function more easily.

We are huge fans of Anna Mathur and although this book isn't directly aimed at mums, we know you'll get a lot out of it. In Know Your Worth, Sunday Times bestselling author and psychotherapist Anna uses her personal and professional insight to guide you to a place of balance that will allow you to recognise and appreciate your self-worth, build your self-esteem, grow in confidence and worry less about what other people think. And who doesn't need more of that?

This one is all about you and your other half. Written by a psychologist and relationship expert, Baby Bomb offers powerful tools based in psychology and neurobiology to help you and your partner co-parent and co-partner as a solid and supportive team―while also cultivating your love for each other. 

This is the ultimate companion to any journey, staycation or holiday and is full of games to keep your little one happy and occupied when you're out and about. There are even games suitable for big groups on holidays or at parties so nobody is left out of the fun.

If you haven't already had them yet, you will soon but all parents experience tricky questions from their kids and it can be tough knowing exactly how to answer them. Tackling a wide range of topics including bodies, bullying, mental health, sexuality, money, social media and anxiety, the book aims to help us parents tackle those awkward questions that can floor the best of us. 

  • Author: Emily Thorpe Emily Thorpe
  • Job Title: Digital Writer

Having written for Mother&Baby magazine for four years where she wrote news, product pages, features and interviewed celebrities such as Paloma Faith and Fearne Cotton, Emily now works as Digital Writer for Mother&Baby online where she specialises in travel and product reviews. 


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