Mothers Need Time-Outs, Too: It's Good to be a Little Selfish--It Actually Makes You a Better Mother

Mothers Need Time-Outs, Too: It's Good to be a Little Selfish--It Actually Makes You a Better Mother


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Mothers Need Time-Outs, Too: It's Good to be a Little Selfish--It Actually Makes You a Better Mother by Anne Nolen, Susan Callahan, Katrin Schumann

"Mothers Need Time-Outs, Too is breaking new ground for mothers everywhere. It stands the motherhood-as-sacrifice model on its head. The result is healthier moms and healthier families. Bravo!”
—Christiane Northrup, bestselling author of Mother-Daughter Wisdom, The Wisdom of Menopause, and Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

"What a powerful book! Each and every day in my practice, I see mothers worn out from neglecting themselves. This book offers them thoughtful and exciting new ideas on how to thrive during this stage of life, not just survive.”
—Dr. Richard Dupee, contributing doctor to "Today"

“For today's mothers, who are often swimming in—and sometimes drowning in—a vast sea of demands and responsibilities, this book is a life raft.”
—Abby Seixas, author of Finding the Deep River Within: A Woman's Guide to Recovering Balance and Meaning in Everyday Life

"The authors give us both a fresh look at society's unrealistic expectations for mothers and new tools to fix the problems those expectations can cause.”
—Kate Kellogg, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Management, MIT

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071508070
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 03/06/2008
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,125,177
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Susan Callahan, Anne Nolen, and Katrin Schumann are friends and mothers who live and work in the Boston area. Among them, they have ten kids and more than thirty-five years of experience raising children. They represent a range of parenting lifestyles, from stay-at-home mom to mom with a full-time career.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction: From Never Being a Good-Enough Mother to Finding Happiness in Doing the Best You Can     xi
The Attitude Shift: From Trying to Be Perfect to Taking Time-Outs for Yourself     1
The Power of Self-Awareness: From Losing Yourself in Motherhood to Understanding Who You Are Today     31
The Importance of the Here and Now: From Perpetual Preoccupation to Appreciating the Moment     61
The Value of Downtime: From Living in Perpetual Motion to Hearing Your Own Voice in the Silence     89
The Loving Link with Your Partner: From Living Side by Side to Integrating Your Life Together     121
The Need to Reach Out: From Motherhood in Isolation to Creating and Providing a Support Network     153
The Significance of Self-Care: From Never Putting Yourself First to Taking Care of Your Whole Self     181
The Power of Less: From Living a Frenzied Life to Gaining Greater Control     217
It's Supposed to be Fun! From Being a Good Girl to Breaking a Few Rules     247
References     257
Index     263

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