How Does She Do It?

How Does She Do It?

by Sheila Ellison
     
 

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How many times have your kids said, "You never listen to me!"? Or a fellow parent alarmingly asked, "You let your kid do what?" Now, Sheila Ellison reminds moms what all the hard work is for. With themes ranging from "Laugh Now, Clean Up Later" to "Bathing Suit Blues" and "The Compliment Cure," Sheila's common sense and warmth shine through in this companion for

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How many times have your kids said, "You never listen to me!"? Or a fellow parent alarmingly asked, "You let your kid do what?" Now, Sheila Ellison reminds moms what all the hard work is for. With themes ranging from "Laugh Now, Clean Up Later" to "Bathing Suit Blues" and "The Compliment Cure," Sheila's common sense and warmth shine through in this companion for moms of all ages.

When the laundry looms, the carpool calls, or the fourth-grade science project is due, mothers need a reminder that the nonstop whirlwind of parenting offers some very special rewards: love, joy, laughter, and devotion. Filled with anecdotes that are profound, funny, wise, and witty, How Does She Do It? is like having a conversation with a best friend.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061974793
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/06/2009
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
File size:
635 KB

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How Does She Do It?Chapter OneCelebrate Yourself

I'm tough, ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.
— Madonna

This year on my birthday I did something unusual. Insteadof staying home and waiting for someone to plan some special event for me, I signed up for a gardening workshop for the entire day. I left before anyone asked me to make breakfast and returned to a dinner ready to be served!

At first I felt guilty, thinking my kids would be hurt if I choseto spend the day away from them. But with age I'm learning how to listen to my inner voice to determine what I want — and thento have the courage to make it happen. I used to sit back andhope that my children or husband would climb into my thoughtsand figure out exactly how I'd like to celebrate my special day. Iwanted them to demonstrate their ability to put my needs andwants first — like I do for them. Then at the end of the day, ifthey did not live up to my expectations, I felt unloved.

So this year when they asked what I wanted, I thought long and hard and gave them a specific request: I wanted my yard weeded. Smirks and frowns appeared. I was asking for their time instead of a trip to the mall for a quick and easy purchase. Of course, the kids had their excuses and planned events that prevented them from giving me what I asked for — although the lawn was mowed and some weeding had occurred. But this year I didn't care. I felt happy after spending the day learning about something I love.

My lesson this day was one I will remember. The little thingsin life that annoy, disappoint, hurt, or upset us don't seem so bigor evenworth considering when we've taken the time to nurtureand care for ourselves.

Today I will do something that nurtures me.

How Does She Do It?. Copyright © by Sheila Ellison. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Sheila Ellison is the author of nine books; founder of the non-profit organization, Single Moms Connect; host of her own talk radio show, Women Uncensored; and a mother of four and step mother of two. She has appeared on Oprah!, and her work has been featured in O: The Oprah Magazine, Parenting, Family Circle, the New York Daily News, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Oakland Tribune.

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