The Stay-In-Bed Mom’s “Mommy and Me Book Club”picture books about overcoming mental illnesses, & a couple other tidbits…

And now here’s part deux, once again reblogged from the super-awesome Stay-In-Bed-Mom!

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This week the intrepid Stay-In-Bed-Mom shares her selections for the “Mommy and Me” Book Club. The theme is related to the Mommy book Birth of a New Brain. In her post, you’ll find books about bipolar disorder, depression, childhood depression, and childhood trauma/PTSD.

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The club doesn’t solely focus on mental health; in fact, it has mainly featured fiction in previous posts. I love how Stay-In-Bed-Mom explains her unique book club. She writes,

“Here’s something I hope will make you smile. A favorite literature professor of mine once said, and I’m paraphrasing, people study literature “to one up someone at a cocktail party.” For all you stay-at-home moms and dads out there, the next time someone says, “what do you do all day?”, you can talk about all the great books you’re reading.

If you’re anything like me, reading is a big part of your identity. But lately, maybe you haven’t been able to read anything outside of laundry care instructions on your children’s clothing. Maybe you’ve been too tired, too busy, or feeling “a little blue”. I’m trying to reclaim reading, as it’s been a source of happiness in my life. Let’s ease back into reading or [fill in the blank with your favorite recreational activity].

For every “mommy book” read, I’ll suggest a “me book” for your children with a similar theme. It is my hope that this “mommy and me” book club is a fun activity for you and your children.

A wise person told me “more is caught than taught.” If your children see you reading, then they will read too. Model quiet time in your household where you read quietly or aloud. You may pick one book and read it together as a family, chapter by chapter. Or you may encourage each individual family member to pick out a book to read quietly and independently. The primary goal is for us to read to or with our children. The secondary goal? For you to have some stay in bed time!

Happy reading!”


I highly recommend following Stay-In-Bed-Mom’s blog, her Facebook page , and Instagram @stayinbedmomblog, which only has a measly 10.3K followers – she clearly needs more of them, eh!? 😉

By the way, I turn 50, yes FIFTY, in exactly one month from today. I do have crow’s feet, the “11,” and some other “bipolar wrinkles” (yep, that’s what I call ’em!) and while they don’t show up in this selfie, believe me, they’re there, alive and kicking! Screen Shot 2020-02-18 at 7.27.14 PM

In a beautiful coincidence, I share this birthdate with my beloved Scotch collie Lucy.

She’ll turn six!

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I have a feeling I’ll be moved to write something here as that day approaches…stay tuned.

And most importantly, I hope each of you reading this is doing well.

If you’re struggling like I’ve been struggling, I hope our struggles ease as the spring approaches! 🌻🌞 

I’m not a patient person by any means, but I liked this image/quote all the same: 


Lots of XO (and patience) to you,


16 thoughts on “The Stay-In-Bed Mom’s “Mommy and Me Book Club”picture books about overcoming mental illnesses, & a couple other tidbits…

    • Thank you soooo much, Flower Queen! 💐💐💐💐💐

      Yes, we need to be patient! Our “instant gratification” world doesn’t truly serve us, does it?

      We need to learn from our beloved flowers.
      We need to take time to grow, not to mention weather the storms and be strong…

      Love you, my beautiful friend! 💓💓💓💓💓💓💓💓 Seeing your comment made me smile. You’re truly a kindred spirit!

  1. Thank you for sharing this kind of positive perseverance! I’ve missed you dearly, Dyane, though you’ve never been out of my mind, heart, thoughts, nor prayers! And wow, I must say, at nearly 1/2 century years young, you are stunningly beautiful, appearing far younger on the outside, and seeming far wiser from within. All of my love to you ❤ , love.

    • Oh SuperMommyofTwins, it is super-wonderful to see that you stopped by here – thank you so much! I have the fondest memories of you and your brilliant, creative posts.

      I’m sure everyone knows it, but that selfie had a filter on it – I forget which one but, the name was kind of funny, like “beauty face” In any case, many thanks for such lovely compliments. I don’t feel my age, that’s for sure! (I’ll post an unfiltered pic next time, hee hee hee!)

      I hope you and your family are doing well. I’ll never forget your strength in the face of some massively daunting challenges (immigration papers, anyone?) Here’s a huge hug and heaps of love headed your way. 💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗

  2. Happy birthday, dearest Dyane! You’ve been such an inspiration to me. I almost quit blogging, but then I thought, “what would Dyane Harwood think?” I am so proud of you for getting your book out there. You’ve done an amazing job with the writing and marketing, and deserve all the success coming your way. Congratulations again on being blogged about by the Stay-In-Bed Mom.

    • Thanks a million, my talented friend!

      You’ve also been a huuuuuge inspiration to me over the years. We can form our own “Mutual Inspiration Society” now!

      Please don’t quit blogging!!!!!! If you did, I would turn a deep, deep shade of blue.
      I may not always comment on a post, but I make sure to always read your posts!

      I may not even always “like” a post because for some reason, the “like” box doesn’t show up on the blog page itself like it used to do, at least for me. 😢
      Does that make sense? (I’ve been meaning to tell you this!)

      But the good news is that I can still like it. I can do that from selecting the notifications bell (the tiny bell at the upper top right of the page) so at least there’s that option.

      **Anyway** my main point here is that I’m a MAJOR fan of your writing, and I look forward to seeing your extraordinary work receive heaps of accolades in the years to come.

      I’m honored to call you friend.

      Lots of love, dear Cass!

  3. Have a wonderful birthday when it arrives, Dyane – at 50 you’re a mere youngster! I found turning 50 (all those years ago) quite liberating. And Happy Birthday to Lucy too!
    May spring bring everything you wish for, Dyane xxx

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