Hi, I'm Jo. An author, coach and recovering stressed-out Mama Bear to 4 boys! In 2020, I stepped away from a 25-year career in Corporate America because, after a 6-month furlough, I finally made time to exhale, do some soul searching and go after the life of my dreams.
Published in January, this book is proving to help not only children, but also the adults reading the story to the child!
I wrote this book with my youngest son and can't wait to launch it with him this summer! He's so excited to have his name listed as an author!
This book will be out in the fall and is based on an event from a few years ago with my (now) 11-year old son. He's excited to share his learnings with other children who have anxiety or fear that holds them back.
I'm a Mum to 4 boys and while I LOVE being 'Mama Bear,' I'm not going to lie and pretend that it's always sunshine, lollipops and rainbows. The journey of motherhood definitely has its ups and downs. For me, this included some moments of dark depression where it was all I could do to put on a happy face and try to keep it together before hiding away in my closet and crying. I am passionate about helping other Mama Bears who might be in this dark place. I want them to know that they have a friend in me and that they will never be alone.
These Mama Bears don't need self-help books, or lists, or journals, or ideas of things to do with their kids. They just need a friend. They need someone to laugh with them at their ridiculous 'motherhood fail' moments, to cry with them when they've lost hope, and to gently remind them of their awesomeness and lift them up when they're too tired to cope.
These Mama Bears need to be tucked into bed. These Mama Bears need a bedtime story.
Dear Mama Bear With the F*cked Up Hair is the real, authentic, dark, sometimes funny, poignant and moving story of motherhood.
I'm thrilled to be working with Sarah Lovall (https://www.sarahlovell.art/) - a sneak peek at the storyboard sketches are below. The book will be released towards the end of the year, stay tuned for more information!
An excerpt from the upcoming book
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