Surrendering To Motherhood – Losing Your Mind, Finding Your Soul is a life-changing book that send a message to the author’s own generation of women programmed to “have it all,” great jobs and great families.??As her provocative and passionate book unfolds, Krasnow shows readers through personal experiences and powerful ancedotes the importance of streamlining big careers, so they can savor this moment while their children are young and growing. Her underlying message is this: The fleeing moment of childhood is over in a fingersnap, so don’t miss that magical time.??“We can always go back to our big jobs; we can never go back to the times when our children were young and needy. Soon, too soon, your cuddly babies will be stubble-faced teenagers going off to college. So be there, now, as much as you can,” writes Krasnow, formerly the national feature writer for United Press International.??Now an author and professor in the School of Communications at American University, Krasnow left her job in daily journalism when, at the age of 39, she gave birth to twins and she and her husband were suddenly parents of four sons, ages three and under. Her children captured her, forcing her to, happily, climb down the ladder into her messy kitchen and living room As she writes: “Having small kids is like the last day of summer vacation, when you are savoring ever second coming at you, when you merge with that wonderful, intense, central part of Being — the sun on your face, the sand at your feet. My children finally forced me to stop, to be present in the present, and to be happy at that destination. Immersed in the glory of my kids, I abandoned the relentless desire to climb higher and higher.”??This books shows others how to surrender to what Krasnow calls “the spectacular cacophony” of our kids.
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About the Author
IRIS KRASNOW is the author of the New York Times bestseller Surrendering to Marriage, as well as Surrendering to Motherhood, Surrendering to Yourself, I Am My Mother's Daughter and The Secret Lives of Wives. She has appeared on numerous national shows, ranging from ''Oprah'' and ''Good Morning America'' to ''All Things Considered''. She lives in Maryland with her husband and four sons.
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I totally identified with the author and felt inspired after reading her book. I had felt the same way and was extremely reluctant to give up my career three years ago. One quotation from ¡§Surrender¡¨ stands out: ¡§..for all these long debates among ambitious women on ways to balance our lives, the task was insurmountable ¡V with young children there can be no balance, the scales are tipped toward the children and there¡¦s nothing you can do about it. When you give in to that fact, real balance comes, the equilibrium you can get only if your psychic and soul are in sync.¡¨ Finally, at long last, I have come to understand the true significance of these words as I now stay home, to mop the floor, do the laundry and cook three meals for my husband and the kids and at the same time, teach them, help them with their homework and read to them, all without the past gripes and wondering what else I should be doing instead; and all the more so as my oldest child¡¦s tenth birthday approaches. You see, it has only just occurred to me that in just two short years, her childhood will be over, and in no time, that of my two younger children as well. So, the surrender to motherhood can only be worthwhile, even as it may just well be temporary.
As an at-home mother of three young children, I highly recommend this book. My husband gave it to me after my first son was born and I loved it. It offers support to women who have chosen to be with their children full time, despite the difficulties and hardships this choice sometimes entails. It is an inspiring book and well worth reading if one is deciding whether or not to stay home with her children or is already home and sometimes feels alone there.