Mother Nurture: A Mother's Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships [NOOK Book]

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Mothers today juggle more tasks, work longer hours, and sleep less than their own mothers did. Yet the self-healing revolution has overlooked the most significant issue in the lives of some twenty million women: how to cope with the relentless, sometimes overwhelming, stresses of raising young children in the twenty-first century. Psychologist Rick Hanson, Nutritionist Jan Hanson, and Obstetrician Ricki Pollycove offer hundreds of practical ways a mother can lift her mood, stay energetic and healthy, build ...
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Mother Nurture: A Mother's Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships

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Mothers today juggle more tasks, work longer hours, and sleep less than their own mothers did. Yet the self-healing revolution has overlooked the most significant issue in the lives of some twenty million women: how to cope with the relentless, sometimes overwhelming, stresses of raising young children in the twenty-first century. Psychologist Rick Hanson, Nutritionist Jan Hanson, and Obstetrician Ricki Pollycove offer hundreds of practical ways a mother can lift her mood, stay energetic and healthy, build teamwork and intimacy with her partner-and be at her best for her family, during the stressful and crucial first three to five years of her child's life. Plus they explain how the strains of motherhood can literally deplete a woman's body, draining it of important nutrients such as minerals and amino acids-sometimes so severely that she experiences the Depleted Mother Syndrome (DMS) that affects at least one mother in ten. Covering everything from stress relief in the middle of a crazy day to getting more sleep, eating better, balancing home and work, sharing the load fairly, and keeping a strong love alive with her partner, Mother Nurture is the first book to present a comprehensive program that helps a mom take care of herself while she takes care of her family.
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Editorial Reviews

Christiane Northup
Mother Nurture is a treasure trove of information...Everyone who is a mother or loves a mother should read this book.
Rachel Remen
At last! A book that shows mothers how to care for themselves and their relationships while they are caring for their children. Mother Nurture is brimming with practical, life-saving information that is new to most of us. A must-have for every new mom...and most old moms too!
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013545298
  • Publisher: Rick Hanson
  • Publication date: 11/28/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and author of Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom (with Rick Mendius, M.D.; Foreword by Dan Siegel, M.D. and Preface by Jack Kornfield, Ph.D.), published in 21 languages and Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and Affiliate of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he's taught at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and in meditation centers in Europe, North America, and Australia.

An authority on self-directed neuroplasticity, Dr. Hanson's work has been featured on the BBC, NPR, Consumer Reports Health, and U.S. News and World Report, and his articles have appeared in Tricycle Magazine, Insight Journal, and Inquiring Mind. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin, and his weekly e-newsletter - Just One Thing - has over 25,000 subscribers, and also appears on Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other major websites. He has several audio programs with Sounds True, and his first book was Mother Nurture: A Mother's Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships (Penguin, 2002).

A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA, Dr. Hanson is a trustee of Saybrook University. He also served on the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center for nine years, and was President of the Board of FamilyWorks, a community agency. He began meditating in 1974, trained in several traditions, and leads a weekly meditation gathering in San Rafael, CA. He enjoys rock-climbing and taking a break from emails. He and his wife have two adult children.

For more information, please see his full profile at www.RickHanson.net.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2002

    A must have for all mothers!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2002

    Treat yourself to this book!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2002

    Such a wonderful book!

    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.

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