The Mothers of Reinvention: Reclaim Your Identity, Unleash Your Potential, Love Your Life

The Mothers of Reinvention: Reclaim Your Identity, Unleash Your Potential, Love Your Life

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by Jennifer Pate, Barbara Machen
     
 

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Since we launched our show “Jen and Barb, Mom Life” more than four years ago, the number one question moms have asked us is, “How did you guys do that?” The subtext was not about producing and hosting an award-winning web series, but how we reinvented ourselves, especially given our roles as mothers, wives, and career women. Over and over,

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Since we launched our show “Jen and Barb, Mom Life” more than four years ago, the number one question moms have asked us is, “How did you guys do that?” The subtext was not about producing and hosting an award-winning web series, but how we reinvented ourselves, especially given our roles as mothers, wives, and career women. Over and over, moms confided in us, sharing their frustrations, fears, and dreams. How could it be that so many of us who had always dreamed of having a family were feeling like something was missing?
 
What was a mom to do? REINVENT!

Through the journey of our own reinventions, we discovered the Mom Secret: The more satisfied you are with yourself, the better you can deal with the chaos that surrounds you, the better role model you will be, and the better off your entire family will be! This is not a luxury—it is a  necessity.
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In The Mothers of Reinvention, Jen and Barb share their steps to help you realize your full potential as a woman while maintaining your joy as a mom and/or wife. Whether you’re a new mother, a mother of schoolaged children, or an empty nester, Jen’s and Barb’s personal stories, along with  accounts from other women and experts who have also reinvented, will engage, inspire, and motivate.
 
Every mother deserves passion outside her family, and The Mothers of Reinvention will help you discover what that means for you.

Editorial Reviews

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“With wit and wisdom, Jen and Barb explore the new territories that confront 21st century moms. The Mothers of Reinvention is a mom’s GPS for figuring out who you are and who you want to be, a.c. (after children).”
—Betsy Brown Braun, author of Just Tell Me What to Say

“I fell in love with Jen and Barb the minute I met them on their show.  These two are the real deal: moms who made something big happen for themselves by working hard and, more importantly, knowing what they wanted.  If you’re one of the many moms out there who feels like you need more of you in your life, there’s nobody better to help you navigate the twists and turns of reinvention.”
—Risa Green, author of Notes from the Underbelly and The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball

“Having mastered the new media of blogs and webcasts through the startlingly vibrant community of ‘Mom Life,’ I welcome Jen and Barb and their new book into the old fashioned world of print and paper. They understand the importance of building an identity outside of their roles as parents or partners because they have done it.”
—Wendy Mogel, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

“If any two can teach us the importance of finding passion outside of their roles and moms and wives it's Jen and Barb! After all, happy moms are more likely to raise happier kids, and what could be more important? With Jen and Barb leading the way, this book is sure to help moms of all kinds find and reinvent themselves.”
—Michele Borba, Ed.D., author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries

“With grace, style and an insatiable energy, Jen and Barb use their own personal stories as moms to tell the real story about what it means to be ‘mom.’  They bring fresh ideas and an honest perspective to the wonderment as well as the challenges of motherhood.”
 —Diana Lynn Barnes, Psy.D LMFT, author of The Journey to Parenthood: Myths, Reality and What Really Matters

 

Library Journal
Creators of the award-winning web series Jen and Barb: Mom Life, Pate and Machen here show mothers how they can reach their own potential as women while still enjoying their roles as wives and mothers. They use their experiences and that of 25 other women to show readers how to reinvent themselves by changing expectations, letting go of guilt, assigning tasks to others, and managing changes in the respect they receive from children and family. VERDICT The book aims to function like a community of women ready to support and encourage mothers of all ages, from new moms reeling from the changes babies bring to empty nesters ready to start a new chapter.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593156831
Publisher:
Vanguard Press
Publication date:
01/03/2012
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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Betsy Brown Braun
With wit and wisdom, Jen and Barb explore the new territories that confront 21st century moms. The Mothers of Reinventionis a mom's GPS for figuring out who you are and who you want to be, a.c. (after children). (Betsy Brown Braun, author of Just Tell Me What to Say)
Risa Green
I fell in love with Jen and Barb the minute I met them on their show. These two are the real deal: moms who made something big happen for themselves by working hard and, more importantly, knowing what they wanted. If you're one of the many moms out there who feels like you need more of you in your life, there's nobody better to help you navigate the twists and turns of reinvention. (Risa Green, author of Notes from the Underbelly and The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball)
Wendy Mogel
Having mastered the new media of blogs and webcasts through the startlingly vibrant community of 'Mom Life,' I welcome Jen and Barb and their new book into the old fashioned world of print and paper. They understand the importance of building an identity outside of their roles as parents or partners because they have done it. (Wendy Mogel, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee)
Diana Lynn Barnes
With grace, style and an insatiable energy, Jen and Barb use their own personal stories as moms to tell the real story about what it means to be 'mom.' They bring fresh ideas and an honest perspective to the wonderment as well as the challenges of motherhood. (Diana Lynn Barnes, Psy.D LMFT, author of The Journey to Parenthood: Myths, Reality and What Really Matters)
Michele Borba
If any two can teach us the importance of finding passion outside of their roles and moms and wives it's Jen and Barb! After all, happy moms are more likely to raise happier kids, and what could be more important? With Jen and Barb leading the way, this book is sure to help moms of all kinds find and reinvent themselves. (Michele Borba, Ed.D., author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries)

Meet the Author


Jennifer Pate is the mother of two, Cooper and Lilah, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband Jonas. After retiring from a professional dance career that spanned ten years, Jennifer became a casting director for TV and film, and co-founded Colloff, Fishman, and Britt Casting. She then went on to her most interesting and challenging career of all: becoming a stay-at-home mom. Currently, Jen is the co-creator and co-host of the award winning web series “Jen and Barb, Mom Life.”

Barbara Machen is the mother of twins, India and Soraya, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband of twelve years, Shahrad. Raised by a single mother on government assistance, Barb received a full scholarship to the University of Southern California, graduating with a BA in Communications. By age twenty-five, Barb owned her own marketing company, but after becoming a mother, she quickly learned how it felt to go from a confident woman to a scared and insecure mother. This led her to co-create and co- host the award-winning web series “Jen and Barb, Mom Life.”

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