Motherstyles: Using Personality Types to Learn to Parent from Your Strengths

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An antidote to our stressed-out mother culture, MotherStyles validates the notion that good mothering comes in many styles and explains how understanding how you most often react to your child and why is the most important step toward working through areas that have long given you trouble. Drawing on the personality type-theory popularized by the Myers-Briggs(r) Type Indicator and author Janet Penley's more than eighteen years of working with mothers, MotherStyles explains the combinations of traits that make up ...

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MotherStyles: Using Personality Type to Discover Your Parenting Strengths

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An antidote to our stressed-out mother culture, MotherStyles validates the notion that good mothering comes in many styles and explains how understanding how you most often react to your child and why is the most important step toward working through areas that have long given you trouble. Drawing on the personality type-theory popularized by the Myers-Briggs(r) Type Indicator and author Janet Penley's more than eighteen years of working with mothers, MotherStyles explains the combinations of traits that make up sixteen distinct mothering approaches. From the "Tuned-In Mother," the "Heart-to-Heart Mother," and the "Kids 'r' Fun Mother" to the "Responsibility Mother" and the "Independence Mother," Penley helps readers identify which style reflects her own strengths, struggles, and needs and, from there, offers unique and concrete ideas for ways to overcome the parenting challenges inherent to each type. Guiding mothers to an understanding of how type affects parent-child interactions and family dynamics, MotherStyles will help moms everywhere to recharge their batteries, and find success in this most important of roles.

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According to Penley, who self-published The M.O.M.S. Handbook, the key to making mothering easy and enjoyable is to become aware of ways of interacting in the world (e.g., being extroverted or introverted, sensing things based on facts or feeling them intuitively) and balance personal needs with external demands. Penley developed her "Mothers of Many Styles" (M.O.M.S.) program to free women of the image of the "perfect" mother and help them identify their strengths and weaknesses first as mothers, and then in all relationships. Based on the Myers-Briggs personality inventory, Penley's questionnaires and evaluations may aid some readers, but others may find the system-it involves 16 personality types and 16 corresponding mothering styles-complicated and time-consuming. Perhaps the most valuable aspect of Penley's program is her focus on self-care and her recognition of the unique gifts that each woman has to offer her children. However, trying to work with Penley's system on a daily basis could, ironically, add more stress and yet another layer to the image of perfection: the thoroughly self-aware mother who can respond appropriately to her child in all situations. (May 1) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738210452
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,258,709
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Penley has been conducting parenting workshops for groups of mothers, therapists, and life coaches and for corporations for more than eighteen years. The mother of two grown children, she lives in Texas. Diane Eble is a professional writer, mother of two children, and the author of ten books. She lives outside of Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Breaking Through the Myth of the Ideal Mother ix
Part 1 Discover and Embrace Your Unique Mothering Style 1
Chapter 1 Your Unique Style 3
Chapter 2 Plug into Your Personal Energy Source 23
Chapter 3 Information, Please! 41
Chapter 4 Decisions, Decisions 57
Chapter 5 Lifestyles of the Planned and Flexible 77
Chapter 6 Mothers of Many Styles-Part 1 93
ISTJ-The "Responsibility" Mother 95
ESTP-The "Action Adventure" Mother 97
ISTP-The "Give 'Em Their Space" Mother 99
ESTJ-The "How To" Mother 101
ISFJ-The "Tender Loving Care" Mother 103
ESFP-The "Totally There" Mother 104
ISFP-The "Giving" Mother 106
ESFJ-The "Happy Together" Mother 108
Chapter 7 Mothers of Many Styles-Part 2 111
INFJ-The "Know Thyself" Mother 112
ENFP-The "Kids R Fun" Mother 114
INFP-The "Tuned In" Mother 116
ENFJ-The "Heart-to-Heart" Mother 118
INTJ-The "Individual Integrity" Mother 120
ENTP-The "Independence" Mother 122
INTP-The "Love of Learning" Mother 124
ENTJ-The "Executive" Mother 126
Part 2 Dynamics of Family Interaction 129
Chapter 8 Getting Started Using Type Day-to-Day 131
Chapter 9 What about Dads? 141
Chapter 10 Playing to Your Child's Strengths 157
Chapter 11 Using Type to Make Sense of Parent-Children Interactions 175
Chapter 12 It's a Family Affair 187
Part 3 Putting It All Together for You 209
Chapter 13 How to Recharge Your Batteries 211
Chapter 14 Balancing Family with Outside Commitments 219
Chapter 15 Becoming Your Best You 231
Frequently Asked Questions 247
Resources 251
Acknowledgments 255
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