What Mothers Do Especially When It Looks Like Nothing [NOOK Book]

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Instead of preaching what mothers ought to do, psychotherapist Naomi Stadlen explains what mothers already do in the course of any exhausting day's work. Drawing from countless conversations with hundreds of mothers spanning more than a decade, What Mothers Do provides lucid insight into the true experience of motherhood and answers the perennial question common to mothers everywhere: What have I done all day?

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What Mothers Do Especially When It Looks Like Nothing

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Overview

Instead of preaching what mothers ought to do, psychotherapist Naomi Stadlen explains what mothers already do in the course of any exhausting day's work. Drawing from countless conversations with hundreds of mothers spanning more than a decade, What Mothers Do provides lucid insight into the true experience of motherhood and answers the perennial question common to mothers everywhere: What have I done all day?

Stadlen's wise reflections, threaded throughout with the voices of real mothers, explore unsentimental reactions to motherhood-resentment, guilt, splintered identity, crippling inefficiency, and deadening fatigue. Yet the overriding sentiment is one of empowerment and wonder, as Stadlen illustrates how seemingly insignificant skills such as responding to a baby's colicky cry, being instantly interruptible, or soothing an overstimulated child to sleep profoundly contribute to an individual's socialization, self-worth, and curiosity. Remarkably perceptive and heartening, What Mothers Do will resonate with mothers everywhere in search of understanding and wisdom.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101098523
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/6/2007
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 756,982
  • File size: 347 KB

Meet the Author

Naomi Stadlen is a psychotherapist and the mother of three, and has run the weekly discussion group Mothers Talking for more than twelve years. She lives in London.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2007

    Worth reading, but with discernment

    I am a mom to four, who stays at home (and chose to breastfeed). If this doesn't describe you in some way, I would stay clear of this book. The author very generously and kindly attempts to make no judgments and regards all mothers' choices as equally acceptable. However, the material doesn't make sense if one was a non-breastfeeding at work mom. Even I found some parts a bit over-kill- like when moms that were quoted confessed to daydreaming and staring out to space for hours. The author puts a happy spin on everything these mothers did (or didn't do). In my opinion, they just sounded incrediblt depressed and miserable. It was sweet on the author's part to be so supportive of all moms, but it was a real stretch at times. I did enjoy some insights from this book, overall worth reading.

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