The Tao of Poop: Keeping Your Sanity (and Your Soul) while Raising a Baby

( 1 )

Overview

There's a lot of romance about becoming a parent, but at some point the storybook scenarios of serene life with baby are interrupted by the darker side of the motherhood experience: the little "bundle of joy" cries inconsolably, wakes up four times a night, won't take a bottle—the fantasy of motherhood quickly collides with reality. Vivian Glyck shows us that in fact it's the difficult parts of parenting that are the most valuable. The many challenges call on us to grow and develop as people. "Parenting," Glyck ...
See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (18) from $1.99   
  • New (5) from $2.60   
  • Used (13) from $1.99   
The Tao of Poop: Keeping Your Sanity (and Your Soul) While Raising a Baby

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$9.49
BN.com price
(Save 13%)$10.95 List Price

Overview

There's a lot of romance about becoming a parent, but at some point the storybook scenarios of serene life with baby are interrupted by the darker side of the motherhood experience: the little "bundle of joy" cries inconsolably, wakes up four times a night, won't take a bottle—the fantasy of motherhood quickly collides with reality. Vivian Glyck shows us that in fact it's the difficult parts of parenting that are the most valuable. The many challenges call on us to grow and develop as people. "Parenting," Glyck writes, "is the ultimate spiritual practice."

The Tao of Poop presents ten valuable life lessons that arise amid all the challenges of parenting. Based on the author's own experience and drawing on the sentiments of many mothers she's corresponded with, each chapter explores a common parenting predicament and a lesson that can be drawn from it, as well as helpful tips and strategies she calls "sanity savers."

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This book will provide a belly laugh for some new mothers in desperate need of comic relief, or any kind of relief, from the twenty-four-hour shift that goes with parenting a very young child."—Publishers Weekly

"An ideal antidote to our collective beliefs about postpartum bliss and the myth of the perfect mom. Parenting is not for sissies. This book provides realistic—and comical—support."—Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Mother-Daughter Wisdom

"Practical wisdom that you can use immediately to 'save your sanity' and to grow spiritually from the adventure and discovery of parenthood."—Mallika Chopra, author of 100 Promises to My Baby

"Smart, funny, and insightful—a balm to the soul of every new mother."—Debbie Ford, author of The Dark Side of the Light Chasers and The Best Year of Your Life

"A completely refreshing perspective on the travails, angst, and wonders of raising a baby and toddler. After reading her book, you will simply want to pick up the phone and declare Vivian your new best friend!"—Stacy DeBroff, author of The Mom Book and founder of www.momcentral.com

Publishers Weekly
In this small book, Glyck, a marketing professional who became a mother late in life, illuminates the dark side of parenting. Babies don't sleep like babies when they're first born, but make a stink at 3 a.m. and bellow for food. This book will provide a belly laugh for some new mothers in desperate need of comic relief, or any kind of relief, from the 24-hour shift that goes with parenting a very young child. It has a niche audience: the economically privileged who are familiar with the milieu of yoga classes for moms who were once achievement-oriented professionals but now battle anxieties about the "right" preschool. The book's 10 principles for sane parenting are clear enough, though not always sufficiently illustrated through stories or anecdotes. Cultural allusion is used as shorthand in place of exposition ("think Angelina Jolie"). With its reference to the popular spirituality book The Tao of Pooh, the title too is cryptic. Readers who like breeziness will gallop through this book. And those who can only read a few pages at a time, between baby chores, will also like its familiar, chatty voice. (Mar. 14) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590305539
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/12/2008
  • Pages: 142
  • Sales rank: 1,493,393
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 6.92 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Vivian Elisabeth Glyck is the author of Twelve Lessons on Life I Learned from My Garden. She is also an accomplished entrepreneur and strategic marketing consultant. She lives in San Diego with her husband and son.
Read More Show Less

Read an Excerpt

As women and mothers, we perform in a three-ring circus every day. Precariously, we balance children, relationships, nourishment, work, keeping a home, and so much more. It's like walking a tightrope—there's the ever-present fear that something will fall off and shatter on the ground.

More often than not, what ends up in shards is our own inner peace. Our lives of plenty, of "more, more, more" often lead to an inner fragmentation, a breakdown of self and soul. How can we find the sense of contentment and fulfillment that we all long for? How can we remain balanced? One answer that is easily available to any of us is simplify. Make it your practice to do less.

Over a three-month period of time, my two-year-old son was invited to ten birthday parties. At the same time, our preschool was asking parents to sell chocolates to raise money for the school. Halloween, Chanukah, and Christmas came and went with all their frenetic activities. I would have been done in by all this if I hadn't already learned the supreme value of simplifying. When facing all the invitations, all the "must-haves" and "must-dos," I remember the sage advice: Doing nothing is something worth doing.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction     1
Expectations are the enemy of happiness     7
Other moms don't need help-and other lies we tell ourselves     25
We're not in control (we never have been and we never will be)     43
Don't forget to howl at the moon     53
Wipe spit-up, change diaper (embracing boredom)     69
You're right, I'm not good enough     79
Healing the mommy wars     89
Doing nothing is something worth doing     103
Children are quick to forgive-are you?     121
It's never too late to have a happy childhood     131
Conclusion     137
Acknowledgments     141
About the Author     143
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2006

    This is a great book about motherhood...and more!

    I was relieved to read this new book about motherhood...finally there's a book that speaks the truth about the challenges and realities of raising a child in the 21st century. Not only is it a great reminder to get in touch with what's important when raising children, it applies to so many areas of life. My thanks to Vivian for sharing her stories, experiences and wisdom.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)