Thriving as a Mom Without a Mom

Guidance for moms who don't have a

supportive mother by their side

by Melissa E. D. Reilly, Psy.D.


Thriving As A Mom Without A Mom is a heartwarming guide that offers comfort and support to mothers navigating the challenges of motherhood without a supportive mom figure. With touching personal stories and practical insights, this inspiring book reminds you that you're not alone and that it's possible to thrive as a mom without a mom.

Melissa Reilly PsyD


Are you ready to learn how to thrive as a Mom Without a Mom?

Thriving as a Mom Without a Mom front cover

Motherhood can be an incredibly rewarding experience, but it can also be quite challenging when you don't have a supportive mother in your life.


Thriving As A Mom Without A Mom combines the storytelling magic of a memoir with the healing energy of a personal growth book. Navigating motherhood without the help and guidance of a supportive mom in your life is hard. Whether your loss is because of distance, emotional disconnection, or death, you'll find comfort and support to heal from grief and build a mom community in this gentle and helpful guide. Clinical psychologist and mom without a mom, Melissa Reilly, Psy.D. openly shares her touching story while weaving in the experiences and insights of other women who also parent without a mom. Learn to foster a mom identity that feels wonderful and thrive as the mom you were meant to be. 


Are you ready to learn how to thrive as a Mom Without a Mom?

Hi, I am Melissa

I'm a mom of two boys, a clinical psychologist, and a Mom Coach who is passionate about helping other moms who may be separated from their own moms due to distance, estrangement, or even death.

As someone who has experienced motherlessness, personally and professionally, I understand the feelings of insecurity, isolation, and overwhelm that can come with the territory. It can affect moms, whether they realize it or not, and it can significantly impact how they view themselves.

But here's the thing: your relationship with your own mom doesn't have to define you. I believe that resilience isn't just about having knowledge and skills - it's about overcoming hardships, having a supportive community, and living according to your own values.

That's why I wrote Thriving as a Mom Without a Mom. Whether you're a brand new mom or you've been at this for a while, I'm honored to be a part of your journey toward becoming the mom you've always wanted to be.


Jackson and Me little


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You can get a signed copy sent anywhere in the United States with free shipping or instantly download the Ebook version.

 If you reside outside of the USA, the book is available for purchase through Aarons Books (a fiercely independent bookstore located in Lititz, PA, USA, and sells books globally) as well as typical international book retailers.