Tough Like Mum Tugs The Motherhood Heartstrings

Tough Like Mum tugged my heart strings with the powerful message that being tough means showing our vulnerability and asking for help. I highly recommend this book to all mums!” – Momma Braga


What does it mean to be tough? Kim finds out in this moving mother-daughter story about family hardship, vulnerability and love, perfect for fans of Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.

Kim’s mum is tough. Everyone says so. She can deal with unruly customers at the Red Rooster with a snap of her fingers.

Kim is tough, too. She doesn’t need to wear a hat to keep her ears warm. And she can make soup all by herself, even without the stove.

Kim and her mum are tough.

But Kim is learning that sometimes toughness doesn’t look like what you’d expect.


Tough Like Mum will be relatable to every mom who makes every day possible for their family. This story shows the true vulnerability of motherhood in the most beautiful way. The mother-daughter relationship reflected in the story shows us that to support one another we need to be tough. However, the most important aspect is that sometimes being tough means showing our vulnerability and asking for help.

It truly tugged at my heart strings as I know how hard it is for me to ask for help and it was a great reminder that tough is asking for help too.

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give this book 10+ stars out of 5! This book will be listed on our most recommended list and a book that I will be treasuring. A heartfelt story full of love, compassion, sacrifice, vulnerability and toughness. It truly reflected motherhood at it’s most rawest form. An empowering message for all. Thank you Lana and Carmen for bringing this story to us all.

“I loved this book! This mum reminded me of you mom and you are tough too!” – Nikki, Age 6

This book is recommended for children ages three to seven. If you would like to purchase a copy of it, click here.

About the Author

Lana Button was born in the tiny town of St. Stephen, New Brunswick. She performed on TV, film and stage, and now works in early childhood education. Lana is the author of numerous books for children including Willow’s Whispers and What if Bunny’s NOT a Bully? Lana and her husband live in Burlington, Ontario, with their dog and their cat, and they have three amazing daughters who are all grown up, but will thankfully still listen to picture books.

About the Illustrator

Carmen Mok is an award-winning illustrator with a background in product design, hand-lettering and graphic design. After studying studio art at University of Waterloo and design at Sheridan College, she decided to dedicate herself to children’s illustration. She is the illustrator of Grandmother’s Visit, written by Betty Quan, and Violet Shrink by Christine Baldacchino. Grandmother’s Visit was selected as the picture book honor title of the 2018 – 2019 Asian/Pacific American Award, and made the 2019 short list for the IODE Ontario Jean Throop Book Award . Carmen lives in St. Catherines, Ontario.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*This book was provided in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are our own.

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