Little Gems is a fascinating collection of customs, folklore, and pearls of wisdom for mothers-to-be.  Bridget Fogarty, Jane Langley and Becky Ollivier have researched, written and illustrated a quirky collection of mothers’ wisdom from over 50 different cultures around the world and in history – ranging from 14th century Jewish philosophers to Guatemala, Medieval England to Japan. The result is a unique coffee table book that is as beautiful to look at as it is to read.

Bridget, Jane and Becky have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the first 1000 copies or this interesting, beautiful and definitely non-preachy book. Click on the link below to find out more and to support their project. You could be on your way to owning one or more copies of this delightful book. Stash them away from Christmas pressies or it would be an ideal gift for the next baby shower you are invited to:

It’s our pleasure to introduce you to one of the mums behind Little Gems – Bridget:

MoT loves all Mums – what flavour are you? Working Mum.

Which Mum badges are you qualified to wear? I’m Pregnant, Dribbling, Crawling, Walking, Throwing a Tantrum, Asking “Why?”, Starting School.

List three things that have changed since you researched and wrote ‘Little Gems’:

I think I focus more on love being the most important thing, rather than practical concerns. I realise this comes from my parenting values from my cultural background-Irish Catholic, where the focus is on the moral development of the child, rather than their practical needs. I realise that Western cultures can sometimes be too prescriptive and in turn make mothers feel bad about what they are doing and a failure. Rather than just running with their natural instincts. I love some of the old customs we have found like The physician Soranus recommended newborns be washed with a mixture of salt, honey and olive oil. Another personal favourite of mine is from the Ache’ tribe of Paraguay. There, the mother sleeps hunched over with the baby on her lap in a protective little cocoon. These ‘gems’ show how much love has gone into the human race from a mother to a child, as evident as right from the year dot and all over the world.

What are your words of wisdom for fellow MoTs on jiggling the juggle? Don’t expect perfection of yourself and others, it will only lead to a feeling of diminished self-worth for all concerned.

What three words would your friends use to describe you? Loyal, generous and funny.

What did you want to be when you grew up?  A movie star.

What is your biggest fear? That I lose someone I love too soon.

What is your favourite thing to do on Sunday? Go for a walk on the beach with my husband and two boys.

What embarrassing incident have you never gotten over?  I’ve done some stupid stuff to get boys attention in the past which is pretty embarrassing, like writing them love songs. Thankfully none of them will be reading this!

Life is good when….you’re giving a child a big hug and smelling their delicious, unique scent!

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