Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there! As great as it is to celebrate them today, they should really be celebrated more often, especially given the amount of hard work they put in on a daily basis. From my experience, when moms come in the store they tend to gravitate to a few different things. Below are those items that will keep my mom happy throughout the year – not just on Mother’s Day!
The book, The Female Brain, by Dr. Louann Brizendine covers the female brain as it goes through different life points like puberty, motherhood, and menopause, as well as the emotional states like love, feelings, and sex. This may be a good pick for a guy who wants to figure out the ever-elusive female brain, but also extremely interesting and insightful for mothers who may be able to relate to many part of the book.For some reason, it seems like there have been a lot of mothers buying crossword books for themselves lately. With that in mind, you should check out the Little B&W Book of Crosswords. The handy book will let mom take some time for herself by immersing in the crosswords from the king of crosswords – The New York Times‘ Will Shortz. The book is also pretty cute and durable, which adds brownie points. On The Dot tends to be a hit with mothers as well. I think this is because you can play solo or with up to 4 people, making this a great game on your own or with your family! The goal of the game is to line-up the dots on the four transparent squares so they match the card that you pull from the deck. On The Dot is a great game for working those visual perception skills!
Lastly, I would suggest “The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain: The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind” for all the mothers out there who feel like their brains just aren’t what they used to be. Did you know that research has shown that brains are at their prime between their early 40s and late 60s? Scientific American gives a great review of the book and explains that brains, “like certain French cheeses, get better with age.” The author, Barbara Strauch, also recently wrote a fascinating piece in The New York Times about training the aging brain.