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Easy Does It, Mom
By Barbara Joy

Easy does it, Mom is a refreshing balance that blends recovery needs with the desire to be a good mom. Understanding that desire alone does not make one a good mom, Barbara Joy provides practical information and tools that any mother can implement immediately. The educational information is personalized with practical ‘how to’s’ on parenting while incorporating the H.O.W. (honesty, openness, and willingness) essentials for recovery.”

Brenda Iliff, Director, Clinical Services Women's Center, Hazelden

“The real joy in this wise and wonderful book is its deeply felt positiveness about women and mothering.  This is a particularly sensitive issue for recovering women. They often carry a tremendous amount of mother guilt. Easy Does It, Mom is written with great sensitivity and caring about the challenges mothers face. Women will feel affirmed by this beautifully written book.

Stephanie S. Covington, Ph.D., author of A Woman's Way through the Twelve Steps and Awakening Your Sexuality: A Guide for Recovering Women

“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

“In a world rife with anger and lost hope, especially for many parents, Easy Does It, Mom is a ray of sunshine. Barbara Joy has provided critical step-by-step help for parents in need of direction. It would be hard to imagine any home in America that couldn’t be helped by the timely lessons and direction Joy offers from her real life experiences. I’ve already made a list of parents I will give this book to.”

Earnie Larsen, author of The Healer’s Way: Bringing Hands-On Compassion to a Love-Starved World

“Barbara Joy's book Easy Does It, Mom is a gem. The format makes the book easy to read for busy parents, and it’s filled with helpful, practical, and wise suggestions for positive parenting.  Barbara's kindness and experience shine through this useful and touching addition to the parenting literature. A must read!”

Lynn Lott, M.A., M.F.T., co-author of four books in the Positive Discipline series and fourteen other self-help and parenting books (change this attribution?)

“Any parent, in recovery or not, will find inspiration and encouragement from the beautifully written examples, and will learn many parenting skills to help them be the parents they always wanted to be.”

Jane Nelsen, co-author of Positive Discipline for Parenting in Recovery and author of Serenity: Simple Steps for Recovering Peace of Mind, Real Happiness and Great Relationships

“As a mom, it is easy to feel that life has supersized itself beyond manageable.  Demands tug at you from every direction.  Easy Does It, Mom is a chance for moms to catch their breath and refocus.  It is validation and it is encouragement, which we all need from time to time.  Embracing the lessons in Easy Does It, Mom will help you to continue to make the world a better place.”

Mary Rita Schilke Korzan, author of When You Thought I Wasn't Looking: A Book of Thanks for Mom

“I have been Director of Women's Recovery Services for nearly fourteen years and have learned from the women and mothers who bravely address their addiction so they can move to the other side with hope and dignity. Easy Does It, Mom will give them the tools necessary to be the best possible mothers.”

Cheryle Stanley, Executive Director, Women's Recovery Services


“Barbara Joy demonstrates in this wonderfully practical guide to better parenting, expert advice and a down-to-earth approach in helping women and their families get back on track in their lives and become the best moms they can be. Easy Does It, Mom combines patience, acceptance, honesty, letting go, gratitude, faith, humility, and taking responsibility to help women build a strong, healthy family. Joy refers to real-life stories with examples and strategies for moms including writing activities to put the information in place to better serve the moms and help them gain the knowledge needed to make positive changes in their lives. Joy demonstrates compassion, is straightforward, and is always supportive and nonjudgmental with her work in this field, which also makes her a valuable role model for parenting women. Joy is an asset to the field and has done and continues to do wonderful work with women and their families.”

Sharon Youney, PsyD, RAS

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