You Know You're a Mom by Harry H. Harrison, Jr.


I love reading books that tug at my mom heartstrings. Other times, it's just fun to hear the funny or more "real" anecdotes of being a parent. Many moms enjoy finding a good collection of memes that begin with "You Know You're a Mom When..." I know that I personally get a kick out them from time to time.

Now there's a new book by author, Harry Harrison, that actually includes tons of a truisms about being a mother, and in case you haven't guessed it, the title is You Know You're a Mom.

From waking your husband up at 1 AM to decorate the nursery to never going to the bathroom alone, moms will laugh as they relate to the humor and heartwarming truths of raising children. Whether anticipating a child, in the throes of motherhood, or looking back at the joys of raising children, this book is a great gift for all moms.

Harry H Harrison Jr. is a bestselling writer with more than 3.5 million books in print. He has been the subject of two documentaries. His books have been listed on the New York Times and Book Sense list of bestselling non-fiction trade paperback books for over ten years. They are also available in some thirty foreign countries.

You have become Dr. Mom; there isn't anything that you and the Internet can't figure out.

Your child can't hear you calling her name, but she can hear you open a candy bar while you're hiding in the bathroom.

If you can relate to any of these, then you'll probably enjoy reading You Know You're a Mom. The book contains plenty of fun observations from a mother's perspective, each one is only a sentence or two long. It's small in size and has a pretty hard cover with colorful flower illustrations. Given the overall theme of the book and its pretty exterior design, it would be the perfect type of book that you could leave right out on the coffee table for quick reading.

One of the things that I really like about this book is that it doesn't lean towards one perspective where it's entirely serious or humorous. Instead it contains a happy mix of both. Some written expressions will make you laugh while others will make you feel nostalgic where you may even find yourself tearing up (I know I did..sniffle sniffle).

Another nice feature about this book is that there are chapters to group up different circumstances or stages of motherhood:

  • You Know You're a Pregnant Mom When...
  • You Know You're the Mom of a Baby When...
  • You Know You're the Mom of a Toddler When...
  • You Know You're the Mom of a Schoolkids When...
  • You Know You're a Mom Working Outside of the Home When...
  • You Know You're the Mom of a Teen When...
  • You Know You're the Mom of a Adult Kids When...

Here are some of my favorites:

You pray for your baby by name before he/she is born.

You push a swing for an hour, because you're hopelessly addicted to the sounds of your children's laughter.

You spend thirty minutes dressing your child in mittens, snow boots, gloves, and a coat so that he can go outside, declare it too cold and beg to come back in.

You understand that love and patience are a much better character trait than perfection.

You stay up late gazing at the moon with your kids, even though it's past their bedtime.

You are their biggest fan.

Being a mother is the most important job I'll ever have. Okay, well I don't like to actually call it a "job," but I think you get what I mean. I appreciate the author's down to earth and witty truths about being a mother, a lot of these are ones that I can totally relate to, myself. He's also written a book for fathers, You Know You're a Dad, that follows in the same exact fashion. With Mother's Day and Father's Day approaching in the next couple of months, both books would make wonderful gifts for the special moms and dads in your life!