So many mothers feel like something is out of joint, something is missing—and maybe the truth is that we’re all just missing each other.
C. J. Schneider found herself in the middle of a perfect storm after giving birth to her third child and moving to a new neighborhood. Conditions for misery and postpartum depression were ideal: she was isolated, lonely, and exhausted with three young children at home. As she started talking with other mothers, she realized that she was not alone in her experience of feeling alone.
In her unique voice, Schneider intelligently and compassionately offers practical advice on how to create the essential community that mothers need. Given the many examples of communal mothering from the past and around the world, as well as modern examples of communities in which mothers are thriving, the research is clear: since the beginning of womankind, mothering has been a communal effort.
Mothers of the Village affirms that as mothers connect with each other and learn to work with each other, despite the challenges, they may find a piece of themselves that they have felt missing all along.
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About the Author
C. J. Schneider lives in Alberta, Canada, with her husband, three sweet children, a wild imagination, and a distaste for all things laundry. Though she had many adventures before motherhood—exploring and working in Asia, Europe, and Africa—her greatest and most challenging venture has been discovering the wonder of family and building a village of friends and fellow moms.
Table of Contents
PART I – The Problem
Chapter 1 – My Story
Chapter 2 - It Turned Out It Wasn’t Just Me: Anger and Guilt
- Embrace Truth Telling
- Perfect Madness: The Anger
- The Guilt
Chapter 3 - Some Reasons Why We Are Feeling Unsupported
Some Effects of Affluence
Eroding Family and Community Ties
Chapter 4 – Attachment Villages
- Examples of Community from the Past and Around the World
- Modern examples of community working
PART II – Where Do We Go From Here
Chapter 5 – Now What?
Chapter 6 - Understand and Appreciate our Interdependence
Chapter 7 - Embrace Our Strengths and Commonalities as Women
Chapter 8 - Seek Out and Create Places to Connect
Chapter 9 - Develop our Inner Mystics
Chapter 10 - Befriend Grandmothers, Older Girls, and Aunties
Chapter 11 - Accept Help
Chapter 12 - Strengthen Our Emotional Health
Chapter 13 -Identify the Enemies of Our Village
Chapter 14 Embrace Diversity
Chapter 15 - Serve our Fellow Moms
Chapter 16 - Weave Our Lives Together with Other Women
Couples Book Group
Date Night Party
Connecting and Cooking
When Working Outside the Home
Taking Turns With Family
There Is A World of People Out There