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Good-Enough Mother: The Perfectly Imperfect Book of Parentingby Rene Syler
Synopses & Reviews
andlt;bandgt;andlt;BRandgt; For every woman who's passed off store-bought cakes as her own at the school bake sale comes an honest look at motherhood. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;/bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; In an ideal world, mothers would have time to hand-sew their kids' costumes for the school play, prepare all-organic meals, and volunteer in the classroom at the drop of a hat. In reality, most moms have to settle for plopping their little ones in front of andlt;iandgt;SpongeBobandlt;/iandgt; so that they can prepare yet another chicken nugget-based dinner, guiltily convinced they're falling down on the job. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; In andlt;iandgt;Good-Enough Motherandlt;/iandgt;, Renand#233; Syler shares how she learned to chuck perfection for practicality. She shows other women seeking to balance family, work, and some semblance of a personal life how to happily join the ranks of good-enough mothers who occasionally serve breakfast for dinner yet give their children plenty of what really matters — love, time, and support. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Whether it's dealing with annoying Super-Moms, bluffing through a third grader's math homework, or coping with the words that strike terror into every parent's heart ("Your son's teacher on line one"), the welcome empathy and sage advice of andlt;iandgt;Good-Enough Motherandlt;/iandgt; will have every modern mom laughing in relief and recognition.
"All mothers want to provide their kids the perfect childhood; as such, many try to become the perfect mother. In this humorous look at modern momhood, journalist and TV personality Syler uses her own experience as a working mom of two to show how 'good-enough' is the new 'perfect.' Each short, punchy chapter is focused loosely on a parenting topic, including spouse management, math homework, assigning chores, taking time out for friends and 'flunking the PTA.' Syler believes in teaching by example, a strategy she uses on her kids and her readers; in honest, conversational prose, Syler gets very personal, giving readers plenty of lengthy glimpses into the life of a minor celebrity. Though it doesn't add a whole lot to the exploding mommy-memoir canon, this will make a satisfying read for any woman who knows what it's like to scramble through the day raising children, working full time and hoping her efforts are good enough." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Proudly imperfect mom and "Early Show" anchor Syler reveals the truth about modern mothering. With humor and warmth, she reassures moms that even if their kids are strangers to homemade cookies, they can emerge as happy and well-adjusted members of society.
About the Author
René Syler has been an anchor of CBS's The Early Show. She is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists. Syler is married to Buff Parham, with whom she has two children. Karen Moline is a journalist, novelist, and ghostwriter. She has worked on a wide variety of bestselling books. Moline lives in New York City with her son.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Welcome to My World
1. Casey and Cole: The Rose and the Thorn
2. In the Buff
3. I Don't Care
4. That'll Get You Ten to Twenty: Crimes and Punishments
5. Pinocchio's Pals
6. High-Def Is My Life
7. Please, May I Be Excused?
8. Chicken Nuggets Are a Food Group
9. All Roads Lead to Math
10. You're Not the Boss of Me!
11. No Sick Days for Mommy
12. But Can She Juggle? Hell, Yes!
13. Home Is Where the Heart Is
14. Breaking the (Piggy) Bank
15. Tough Enough
16. Of Super-Moms and Halloweenies
17. Another Note from Mrs. Henry
18. Flunking Out of PTA
19. Playdates, or We Don't Rip Eyes off Teddy Bears at Our House
20. Mommy Needs a Playdate
21. Mothering My Mother
22. The Boys vs. Girls Clothing Smackdown
23. The Birds and the Bees
24. Affluenza Season
25. Never Put Unleaded Gas in a Diesel Car
26. Pray for Forgiveness
27. The Untimely Demise of Night-Nite Bear
28. When Mom's Away, the Cat Will Play
29. Every Day Is Mother's Day
30. Double Whammy, or How to Lose Your Breasts and Your Job in Five Short Weeks
Epilogue: Pajama Time
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