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Posted December 2, 2002
Having a three year old daughter and one year old twin boys, I was definitely neglecting my needs. MOTHER NURTURE helped change my perspective. I believed I had to sacrifice and give everything I had to my children. I read MOTHER NURTURE and learned this is not true. I now give to my children, and find time to give to myself as well. The greatest peace this book gave to me was telling me my thoughts and feelings were normal and needed to acknowledged. It reminded me a lesson I learned in my counseling program; you have to care of yourself, mentally, emotionally, and physically before you can be there for your clients. I found this true in my work as a mental health counselor, yet neglected to apply it to my role as a mother. Now, I use MOTHER NURTURE as a tool. When I begin neglecting myself, I turn to the book and the lessons it contains. I have a number of friends pregnant for the second time. As their babies are brought into this world, my present will be a copy of MOTHER NURTURE. Mother Nurture is a book every mother needs.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 13, 2002
The book begins with focusing on the mother's physical and emotional well being, including concrete suggestions for reducing stress, processing negative emotions, and staying well. The first part includes specific medical suggestions for determining the basis of Depleted Mother Syndrome, including an appendix in the back that outlines the vitamin and mineral guidelines for mothers. I took this list into my doctor, and she agreed that I should increase the supplements which I had been taking. My corresponding increase in energy alone is worth the price of the book. The next three chapters are devoted to the partner relationship, including communication, partners in parenting, and partners in intimacy. My husband and I read the communication chapter together. Their suggestions really work! We especially appreciated the advice of the male author, a father who clearly advocates for the daily support of mothers by their partners, and vice versa. The final section discusses specific problems associated with mothers who work inside the home and mothers who work outside the home. It is a refreshing acknowledgement of the rigors of both, without pitting one against the other. I wish that every mom and dad I know would read this book. I honestly believe it will make the world a safer, more caring place to be for children and their parents. I applaud the authors for their sentiments, their efforts and their results. Treat yourself to this book. You deserve it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 4, 2002
When I became pregnant with my first child almost seven years ago, I started reading books on how to be a good mother, a good homemaker, and a good wife. What I wasn't reading was how to take care of myself, and two years after my second child was born I was depressed, resentful, had irregular menstruation, a chronic yeast infection in my body, and hypothyroidism. I only wish that Mother Nurture had been one of the books I picked up during my first pregnancy because it describes how to prevent DMS (Depleted Mother Syndrome). The good news is that it also describes how to recover from DMS. As I read Mother Nurture, I felt acknowledged and appreciated for all I do as a mother, got a lot of easy to use information on how to replenish my body, mind and spirit, and started improving my relationship with my husband. As a result, I'm less stressed out and tired and able to enjoy my family more. While reading through the section 'Nurturing Your Intimate Relationship,' feelings of affection and appreciation started to replace the feelings of hurt and resentment that had started to fester. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to become a mother in the hopes that she will avoid DMS and the suffering that accompanies it. I also recommend this book to the world with the prayer that we create an atmospere of compassion rather than judgement, and support rather than isolation, in which to raise children.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.