Mothering with Courage: The Mindful Approach to Becoming a Mom Who Listens More, Worries Less, and Loves Deeply (Paperback)

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Mothering with Courage provides guidance for mothers to self-reflect and dig deep to discover what is important to them from their own perspective. Only from that space can a mother discover how to be the best, most authentic mother for her child.

Mothering with Courage provides mothers a detailed guidebook for their journey as a mother, complete with the latest understanding and tips for healthy parenting and motherhood. Practical, educational, and inspirational, the book provides self-reflective questions and guided journaling exercises for mothers, specifically related to aspects of their lives and mothering. 

Mothering with Courage engages mothers in an interactive experience that will help map their own journey of motherhood, consciously creating it as they move through the book gaining insight and making personal choices. The text and exercises also guide mothers to mindfully choose the legacy of values and attitudes that they want to pass to their children. As a result, they will be given the opportunity to become a calm and connected mother . . . a mother who is also confident in her journey. 

About the Author

Bonnie Compton, APRN, BC, CPNP, has worked for more than 30 years with mothers and families as a child and adolescent therapist, parent coach, and pediatric nurse practitioner, giving them the tools to parent mindfully and guiding them to wake up to what really matters to them as mothers. She is a workshop and retreat facilitator and hosts her own podcast radio program, Wholehearted Parenting Radio, which is available on iTunes, Web Talk Radio, Radioactive Broadcasting Network, and Stitcher Radio. She is also a certified ScreamFree Parent Leader.

Bonnie has also appeared as a parenting expert on numerous television and radio shows, including Lowcountry Live and Channel 2 News, Moms in the Morning, ChickFM radio, and JOY Radio in Charleston, SC.

Bonnie has also been interviewed by or has written parenting articles for the following print newspapers, magazines, and websites:

  • Lowcountry Parent Magazine
  • Post and Courier's Moxie
  • Mindful Parenting Magazine
  • "Monday Consult" (parenting column), Baltimore Sun
  • Maryland Family Magazine

Website articles:


Bonnie received her master's degree in nursing, as a pediatric nurse practitioner, followed by her post-masters/clinical nurse specialist degree in child and adolescent psychotherapy from the University of Maryland, School of Nursing. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina, with her husband. She loves spending time with her family and friends, walking on the beach, playing tennis, and soaking up everything the Lowcountry has to offer.

Bonnie's parenting-tips video interviews appear on her website,, as well as on her blog,

Praise For…

"A gift that will inspire and empower moms to trust their innate wisdom."
Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D., author of The Conscious Parent and The Awakened Family

"Bonnie Compton is a master at helping us quiet the doubts and fears we have in our mothering abilities so we can consistently respond with love, compassion, acceptance, and authenticity. Using the tools, anecdotes, and journaling prompts in Mothering with Courage, you will transform your relationship with your children, your spouse, yourself, and the world around you. Opening this book is like opening your eyes and heart simultaneously; at last you will clearly see the pathway to the parent you’ve always wanted to be lies within.” —Rachel Macy Stafford, New York Times Bestselling Author of Hands Free Mama and Only Love Today 

“Mothering With Courage is an excellent guide to mothering consciously: with heart, mind, and eyes open. Bonnie Compton knows this mothering path can never be done perfectly (what a relief) and she invites us to keep growing as we raise our children. Her decades of personal and professional experience—as a mother, a grandmother, child adolescent therapist and a parenting counselor—make her a certified wisdomkeeper. Thank goodness she does not keep that wisdom to herself, but shares it all with us in this wonderful book!”
Sil Reynolds, co-author of Mothering Daughtering: Keeping Your Bond Strong Through the Teen Years

"Motherhood is not all cuddles and kisses. It is difficult, messy, and exhausting. Mothering with Courage, by Bonnie Compton, shares information and advice on how to make mothering a more rewarding job while raising happier, healthier children.

This book asks mothers to examine the relationship that they have with their children and discusses topics including hopes and dreams, teaching and learning from children, and behavior and discipline, as well as each mother’s unique history that guides and shapes how she interacts with her kids. Practices as simple as setting aside a few minutes each day to connect with the children begins the process of learning what is needed to nurture a more open, honest relationship. Central to this is the idea that a mother already knows what is best for her and her family, and that she must learn to trust and follow her intuition.

The organization of this book makes it an easy resource to refer to over and over again. There is a summary at the beginning of each chapter that is particularly helpful in understanding what is to come. Lists of thought-provoking journaling questions throughout the book help mothers to identify what really matters and will be worth revisiting: 'When do you feel most connected with your children? When do you feel least connected?' Finally, an appendix at the end of the book is full of tips that serve as reminders of the lessons learned and will certainly be valuable throughout the child raising years.

It is easy to get lost in the daily tasks of motherhood. It is not so easy for a mother to navigate through parenthood staying aware of both her goals as a mother and her child's true needs. This is exactly what Mothering with Courage teaches moms to do. Motherhood may not be easy, but Mothering with Courage may help to make it a far more rewarding experience."
Foreword Reviews

"In the busy life of a parent, it may seem like self-reflection is a bit of a luxury; who has time to really think about how we parent—and why—when lost in the daily crush? Therapist Bonnie Compton, however, believes it’s important we find the time to do just that. Self-reflection is perhaps the ultimate form of mindfulness, and taking the time to really think about our lives as parents can make a huge difference in the way we relate to our children, our spouses, and even ourselves. Her book Mothering With Courageis packed with information, stories, quotes, and more to get readers really thinking about their parenting styles. Each chapter contains a concise summary, making it easy to absorb this info in small bites, but readers will benefit even more if they take the time to read through every page of this deceptively slim book. Readers will also love the journaling exercises sprinkled throughout every chapter; these writing prompts will help parents determine what’s working for them . . . and what’s not. This is a great book that is sure to inspire parents to work on themselves."
San Francisco Book Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9781944822637
ISBN-10: 1944822631
Publisher: Familius
Publication Date: May 9th, 2017
Pages: 270
Language: English