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What Mothers Do: Especially When It Looks Like Nothing
     

What Mothers Do: Especially When It Looks Like Nothing

by Naomi Stadlen
 

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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

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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?

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585425914
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/06/2007
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.57(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 - 14 Years

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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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