Managing Editor Lela Davidson and Contributing Editor Rhonda Franz deliver lighthearted and endearing stories of what happens when our best intentions meet with the reality of new motherhood in the latest Chicken Soup title. Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms (Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, March 2011) features stories that came from experiences Davidson and Franz had early in their motherhood careers.

Chicken Soup Helps Moms in the Earliest Days of Motherhood

Davidson's "Earth Mama Wannabe" and Franz's "Yoga Night" are just two of the quick reads in Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms, included along with dozens of others offering inspiration and advice to new moms finding their way. "These are the things you hope to laugh about later," said Davidson about her story of adventures in cloth diapering. "I was naïve and optimistic, but hopeless."

Along with being the Managing Editor here on Parenting Squad, Lela Davidson is a freelance writer. Her writing is featured regularly in family and parenting magazines throughout the country. She is also the author of Blacklisted from the PTA (Jupiter Press, July 2011). Contributing Editor Rhonda Franz holds a graduate degree in special education. Her years of experience teaching other people's children could not have prepared her for life with three boys of her own. She also writes for various parenting magazines and other websites.

"I hope women find support in these stories from those of us who have been there, and are still learning as we go," said Franz, who wrote about trying to get just a few minutes to herself. "May new moms be encouraged to do the best they can, seek help when they need it, and learn to laugh at themselves along the way."

Sharing the Page

Franz and Davidson didn't realize they had both submitted to the same Chicken Soup edition. They only found out they would be featured in the same book after each was notified of her inclusion and subsequently shared her good fortune. "It was a surprise in that we didn't know each other had submitted to the anthology, but not at all surprising to me that Rhonda's piece was included. It's precious." Davidson said. The mutual admiration doesn't stop there. "If moms need a good, guilt-free laugh about the day-to-day trenches of motherhood, they should read Lela Davidson's essays and stories. No one does family humor better," said Franz.

These stories help moms through difficult times and provide reassurance to those who worry they are not living up to the Supermom ideal. Since 1993, books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series have sold over 112 million copies.

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