Amber Trueblood with her son at a book signing. (Courtesy photo)
Cover of “Stretch Marks.” (Courtesy photo)

At first glance, “Stretch Marks” may look like another book on parenting, but with 12 years of personal experience and a graduate degree under her belt, San Diegan Amber Trueblood has more to share.

Trueblood is the author of the recently-released top seller on Amazon that shares numerous tools on how to navigate through the challenging journey of parenthood. “Stretch Marks,” which is expected to hit bookstores in December, offers thoughtful suggestions to mothers and fathers through personal stories and scientific research.

Trueblood, who is the mother of four boys under the age of 12, said her book took years in the making and came to fruition because of the lack of guidance currently available to parents.

“I’ve read many parenting books and often found my initial enthusiasm completely deflated and defeated within a week or two,” Trueblood said. “I craved a book that had a variety of tools and recommendations, instead of one very specific method. I craved a book that left me feeling inspired and good about myself — not like I’d been doing everything wrong. ”

A graduate of Cal State Dominguez Hills where she earned her master’s in clinical psychology, Trueblood said she wrote her book after reading more than 250 others on behavior, management, systems, parenting, meditation, and self-development. Her book covers topics such as guilt, selfish parenting and technology, with chapters ending with takeaways.

Amber Trueblood with her four children. (Courtesy photo)

More importantly, “Stretch Marks” is light, straight-to-the-point and caters to the typical, busy and overwhelmed parent.

“It’s meant to be funny, while simultaneously holding loads of tips and tricks the reader can realistically adopt into their lives,” Trueblood said. “It’s a short 184 pages and can easily be read during soccer practice or a few nights before bedtime.”

Trueblood said one of the biggest takeaways from her book is the need for each parent to focus on himself or herself as well.

“If I had to choose one takeaway, it is this: Your needs, dreams, and challenges are uniquely and fabulously yours,” Trueblood said. “Absorbing the judgment or pressure from your peers, partners, or parents prevents you from becoming the best and happiest you.

“Remember, parenting is a process. We can be great parents by modeling how we fail, how we make mistakes, and how revealing our imperfections allows us to learn and grow.”

For more information about Amber Trueblood or “Stretch Marks,” go to http://thetruebloodzone.com/about-me/.

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