Making the Most of Your Life as a Mom
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Motherhood is the ultimate transformation, a powerful and
thrilling metamorphosis. Yet the vast majority of parenting
books focus on the how-tos of baby and child care, not on
the care or development of mothers. Ann Pleshette Murphy--the
former editor of Parents magazine, current parenting
contributor to Good Morning America, and herself the mother
of two--looks at the emotional lives of mothers, at how we
change and grow from the moment we get pregnant to the day
we watch our kids graduate from high school.
Stages of Motherhood urges women to reflect on the
seismic shifts they undergo at each stage of their
children's lives and to focus on their own evolution. Only
by doing so, says Murphy, can we give children the best of
ourselves. Many new moms assume that once things "get back
to normal," they'll jump right back on their pre-baby path.
But there's no going back, according to Murphy, and that's
actually good news. Each stage of motherhood has its own
challenges and opportunities. Motherhood forces us to hone
muscles we never knew we had; to question our choices and
goals; to reshape our relationships with family, friends,
our spouses; and, most important, to rethink who we are and
where we're going. There's as much circling, sliding,
falling back as there is surging ahead--and Murphy provides
exactly the encouragement women need to overcome obstacles
and celebrate their strengths. Writing with wit, warmth, and
unfailing empathy about the challenges mothers face at each
stage, Murphy offers insightful advice and gentle
reassurance, showing moms how to make the most of their
lives as they raise their children.
hundreds of interviews with leaders in the field, a wealth
of personal experience, a decade at the helm of Parents
magazine, and, of course, countless conversations with other
mothers, Murphy offers women invaluable advice about how to
cope and how to thrive along with their children. She
identifies periods of particular intensity in a mother's
life and provides indispensable tips about how to manage at
each stage, from the roller-coaster ride of early childhood
through the ambiguities of adolescence and the tumult of the
teen years. The 7 Stages of Motherhood is an
exuberant, joyful, not-to-be-missed journey, full of
life-changing insights and affirming wisdom and support: a
buoyant contribution to the literature of maternity and
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