Motherhood without Guilt: Being the Best Mother You Can Be and Feeling Great About It

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Moms feel guilty about everything...

They think they're not doing enough for themselves, for their children and for their spouses. They question their decisions about working vs. staying at home. They agonize over keeping up with housework, struggle in their relationship with their husband, wrestle with negative feelings about their children from time to time and worry that they don't measure up to their own or others' expectations.

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Moms feel guilty about everything...

They think they're not doing enough for themselves, for their children and for their spouses. They question their decisions about working vs. staying at home. They agonize over keeping up with housework, struggle in their relationship with their husband, wrestle with negative feelings about their children from time to time and worry that they don't measure up to their own or others' expectations.

In short, feeling guilty is pervasive among mothers; it just seems to come with the territory. Motherhood without Guilt uses a question-and-answer format to address all the issues that cause a mother to feel bad about her mothering, and shows how to:
--Reconcile working vs. staying at home
--Be emotionally available to your kids in just the right way
--Take good care of yourself, too
--Create partnership in parenting with your husband
--Nurture friendships and get support from others

Related title:
The New Mom's Companion
1-4022-0014-5

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402202285
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Pages: 281
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Debra Gilbert Rosenberg is a licensed clinical social worker and the mother of three children. Since earning her master's degree from the University of Chicago, she has been a psychotherapist working with individuals and families. In addition, she develops and presents workshops and lectures on parenting issues and teaches sociology courses on the college level. For the past 13 years she has been running a discussion/support group for new mothers. She is the author of The New Mom's Companion (Sourcebooks, 2003).
Rosenberg lives in Oak Park, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

?Dedication -iii

Introduction -vi

Chapter One:
What Mothers Do -1

Chapter Two:
How Mothers Feel -51

Chapter Three:
Motherhood and Marriage -95

Chapter Four:
Motherhood and Family -137

Chapter Five:
Motherhood and Friendship -169

Chapter Six:
Mothers Who Work -195

Chapter Seven:
Mothers Who Stay at Home-231

Endnote -271

Index -279

Debra Gilbert Rosenberg is a licensed clinical social worker and the mother of three children. Since earning her master's degree from the University of Chicago, she has been a psychotherapist working with individuals and families. In addition, she develops and presents workshops and lectures on parenting issues and teaches sociology courses on the college level. For the past 13 years she has been running a discussion/support group for new mothers. She is the author of The New Mom's Companion (Sourcebooks, 2003).
Rosenberg lives in Oak Park, Illinois.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2005

    a must read for all mothers

    As a mother and a psychiatrist I highly recommend Debra Gilbert Rosenberg's Motherhood Without Guilt (as well as her earlier book The Mom's Home Companion) to patients. In my clinical experience, most, if not all, mothers want to be the best mothers they can possibly be. This wish sets them up to be disappointed in themselves, as all mothers are bound to make mistakes. Mothers need empathic support from others to accept that they are human and, despite inevitable mistakes, are most often good mothers. Sometimes mothers make mistakes which they recognize are not in the best interests of their children. When mothers feel guilty about these mistakes hopefully it can lead to positive changes in communication and behaviors. However, when mothers feel guilty about situations in which they feel they should have but realistically have no control over they experience unproductive and needlessly destructive feelings of self-blame. Most often, when mothers follow their instincts they are likely doing right by their children. I feel that both of Debra Gilbert Rosenberg's books are must reads for all mothers. They are highly accessible and right on target in helping mothers parent more effectively, competently, and joyfully.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2004

    Can you really have Motherhood Without Guilt?

    The first thoughts that came to mind when I saw Motherhood Without Guilt on the bookstore shelf, were that there is no way that this book could convince me that parenthood/motherhood is possible without guilt. As a mother of a 16 year-old daughter,11 year old son, and a clinical social worker for 20 years , knew better! I continued to peruse the book and skeptically bought it and took it home. After finishing the book ( within the next two days), I had a new perspective on what the author was trying to convey to mothers. Ms. Rosenberg writes a practical book which answers many questions that many women think of, but are afraid to talk about or admit to themselves, partners, or even other mothers. Ms. Rosenberg also addresses the issue of self-care and the importance of self-nurturing- which many readers would view as 'selfish'. The author is able to give examples of ways mothers can start to take care of themselves better with the understanding that their health and happiness is a critical element in good parenting. I would highly recommend this book, and have already recommended it to many of my clients and friends who are mothers. Although I am still convinced of the impossibility of motherhood without guilt, I believe this book will educate women about how to balance their own personal lives/needs with the many demands of motherhood. Readers will definitely come away from this book with new information, and practical advice.

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