Good Mother, Bad Mother

Good Mother, Bad Mother

by Gina Ford
     
 

A compelling, highly personal examination of contemporary motherhood from Britain's number one childcare expert.
     Pressurised by the media, scrutinised by their peers, frowned upon even by those closest to them, mothers today face relentless criticism and pressure. Breast or bottle? Work or stay at home? Routine or feeding-on

Overview

A compelling, highly personal examination of contemporary motherhood from Britain's number one childcare expert.
     Pressurised by the media, scrutinised by their peers, frowned upon even by those closest to them, mothers today face relentless criticism and pressure. Breast or bottle? Work or stay at home? Routine or feeding-on-demand? The choices are infinite and at the heart of each question is the more controversial and divisive debate of what makes a good mother. Good Mother, Bad Mother is an illuminating, moving and thought-provoking study of this enigmatic question. Never before has the subject of motherhood been tackled with such unflinching honesty. 
     Drawing on her experience of thousands of mothers, bestselling parenting author Gina Ford has turned her attention to the women charged with bringing up the next generation. She addresses the challenges of contemporary motherhood and fervently argues that these awe-inspiring women seldom receive the support, respect and admiration they deserve. And for the first time, in a candid, personal account, Gina interweaves stories from her own childhood, revealing how her relationship with her own mother has shaped the choices she has made. 
     Any woman who has ever doubted her capabilities as a mother will find comfort and reassurance in the insights of the woman whose books have been justly described a 'godsend'.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/20/2014
British baby routine guru Ford (The New Contented Little Baby Book) interweaves what feels like two separate books, even if both point toward the same idea: loving mothering is always good mothering, independent of the details. One section focuses on women’s relationships with their mothers and consists of an emotional, if not especially insightful, tribute to Ford’s own mother. Ford traces their bond from her childhood, when the family struggled financially, through an unconventional adult relationship, to the grief of caring for her mother on her deathbed. The other section is addressed to new mothers and consists of Ford’s insights into the difficulties they face, gleaned from decades of work as a maternity nurse (she has no children herself). Ford places particular emphasis on the pressures exerted by mothers, mothers-in-law, peers, and the culture at large. Setting herself against this mood of “unnerving criticism and competition,” she emphatically affirms that working, bottle-feeding, daycare-using moms are doing perfectly fine. By way of anecdotal demonstration, Ford includes dozens of interviews with mothers of young children, though these tend to be overlong and under-edited. Her established fans may feel comforted by Ford’s reaffirming words, but despite her reputation as an expert, Ford has little new to say about the ravages of the “mommy wars.” (Jan.)
From the Publisher
"This elegant study supplies both insight and encouragement for women at all stages. Ford's strengthening voice is welcome. It stands outside of the more logistics-based advice on parenting issues."  –Library Journal
Library Journal
02/15/2015
The latest from prolific British parenting writer Ford ("Contented Baby" series) gives readers a taste of something new in this poetic consideration of motherhood, both positive and negative. The author writes a tear-jerking introduction about her own mother and goes on to include the voices and experiences of many women, illustrating that we are not alone in our fears and doubts and are rarely as bad as we think we are. She provides a generational viewpoint, and grandmothers, elderly parents, and adult mother-daughter relationships take center stage over the more commonly discussed experiences of first-time parents and the demands of infancy. VERDICT This elegant study supplies both insight and encouragement for women at all stages. Ford's strengthening voice is welcome. It stands outside of the more logistics-based advice on parenting issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780091898762
Publisher:
Vermilion
Publication date:
05/28/2006

Meet the Author

GINA FORD is Britain's bestselling childcare author whose first publication The Contented Little Baby has sold over a million copies and keeps going! With over thirty years hands-on experience as a maternity nurse, her advice and methods have been a godsend to tired, stressed parents throughout the world and have helped a generation of children go to bed on time and sleep calmly through the night. She runs a hugely popular website: www.contentedbaby.com and has published over twenty parenting books.

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