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“I feel empowered and stronger every time I pick up this book.  I have learned many new positive parenting skills.  My children and I are both happier. This book has also helped me to continue to Let Go of my guilt and shame for the past; to forgive myself and others and start making the life that I dream of.”

- Stacey, mom of 2

Easy Does It, Mom inspired me and made me want to be a better mom. I learned about parenting skills that I never had as a child; like routine, neutral tone, listening to your child and many more.  They actually work! It encouraged me to be the best mom I can be and now I am learning to encourage my children in the same way.”

- Sophia, mom of 2

“This book is full of parenting skills. It is also full of support for us moms. I am not in recovery but I, like every mom, need lots of encouragement to get through yet another day. I learned so much about taking care of myself and how that benefits not only me but my whole family.  I didn’t feel judged at all for my past.  I did feel well supported in moving forward.”

- Deborah, mom of 4

“This book has been a life-saver for me!  It taught me to understand and see my children for who they truly are... a gift! It’s a guide to help me be a better mom.”

- Karen, mom of 5.

Easy Does It, Mom
Parenting in Recovery

By Barbara Joy
Published by Conari Press

Every mom wants to succeed. Every child also wants to succeed. In Easy Does It, Mom (Conari Press, May 2009), Barbara Joy provides moms with positive encouragement, knowledge, and positive parenting tools they can begin using immediately as they continue their recovery and move toward being the best moms they can be.

Joy relies on experts with degrees and experts with “mom” behind their name. For more than fifteen years, Barbara Joy has worked with moms in recovery for alcoholism and other addictions. She knows what works. Here she includes real-life stories and strategies from the moms and children she works with. The reader is guided by a professional and encouraged and inspired by both the moms and children she writes about.

Because moms in recovery feel safer, and more secure in a familiar and consistent environment, each chapter begins with an encouraging saying and ends with a writing activity. In addition, four to eight clear and concise keys summarize each chapter.

For moms in recovery, Barbara says, “Other than your recovery, I believe that parenting is the most important job you’ll ever do. It may also very well be the hardest job you’ll ever do. And, for sure, the most rewarding!”

Read the introduction of the book written by Barbara Joy....


Praise for the Book

“I have always felt parents should require a license before they have children so they would be equipped for the experience. Easy Does It, Mom should be required reading for those seeking a license. When children grow up with love, and mottoes to live by, they care for themselves and know how to survive life's difficulties. Parents, and other authority figures' words are hypnotic, and create their children's future. So Moms read Barbara Joy's words of wisdom and raise children who will make a difference and until she writes Easy Does It, Dad I recommend that fathers read it too.” —Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of Prescriptions For Living

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About the Author

For the past three decades, Barbara Joy has been working with children and parents in many arenas – as Coach, Consultant, Teacher, Educator, Nurse and Advocate, as well as being a mom of three now grown children.  Fifteen of those years have included working with parents in recovery and their children, providing education and support. She teaches and consults in both short and long term treatment centers as well as providing individual and family work.  Barbara is a Positive Parenting Coach in northern California and also works with parents all over the United States. You will find her online at

Easy Does It, Mom by Barbara Joy; Published by Conari Press; Publication date: May, 2009; Price: $14.95; Paperback; ISBN: 978-1-57324-360-5; Category: Recovery; Available wherever books are sold or through the publisher at (800) 423-7087,, or online at

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