Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Book Review: Everything I Needed To Know I Learned From My Six Month Old

kuwana haulsey book

In the fall I was given the opportunity to read Kuwana Haulsey's book "everything i needed to know i learned from my six-month-old".  It is a book about a woman's journey through the first few months of motherhood, and one that most mothers will be able to relate to.

I found myself nodding my head in agreement at many parts of the book where she is talking about really listening to her baby to find out what he needed in that moment.  Some of it brought me back to those moments of frustration and tears (both mine AND theirs) where I wish I could have had a different response.

The book is separated into 13 chapters (or 13 Life Lessons as she calls them) and brings you through some of her time in Africa, her marriage, the labour and birth of her son, and the first six months of his life.

Kuwana Haulsey is the author of The Red Moon, which was a finalist for the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction. She has led seminars for the PEN/Faulkner Foundation in Washington, D.C., and at Rutgers University. She lives in Los Angeles.
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  1. Sounds like a beautiful book! I think it's so true - mothering is so much easier if you can just follow the signals your baby sends you. Too bad life gets in the way!

  2. While I haven't read this book, I certainly agree with the principles you've described here. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I bet all mother's would be nodding in agreement while reading this book. Sounds like an interesting one! I will have to check it out

  4. I think that we can learn so much from our children. Life is all about learning from those that are around you. Sounds like a good read!

  5. sounds like a great read, I'm well past the infant stage but sometimes it's nice to look back on those days. they were the happiest and yet most difficult times of my life

    1. Yes! Happy and difficult. That's exactly how it was for me. I had one of those "difficult" babies that tested my resolve and my sanity every single day but she was also this tiny little miracle that could make my heart almost break with every coo.


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