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The Mother Dance: How Children Change Your Life

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Publisher Comments:

"From the celebrated author of "The Dance of Anger" comes an extraordinary book about mothering and how it transforms us-- and all our relationships-- inside and out.

Writing from her dual perspective as psychologist and mother, Dr. Harriet Lerner puts the spotlight on how a woman is changed when she becomes a mother. Enlivened with personal tales and vivid case examples that run the gamut from hilarious to the heart-wrenching, "The Mother Dance" spells out what happens to a woman when two become three... and four. We see why her new life is so different from his-- and how children inevitably help us to discover things about ourselves and our partners that we would otherwise not know. Lerner shows us how kids call on us to grow up and are the best teachers of life's most profound spiritual lessons.

From birth to the empty nest, Lerner's own experience has taught her the basic lessons of motherhood: that we are not in control of what happens to our children; that most of what we worry about doesn't happen (though bad things happen that we fail to anticipate); and that our children will love us with all our imperfections if we can do the same for them.

Lerner helps us to distinguish what we can change (and how to do it), and when we need to surrender to the fact that our lives-- and our children's-- may not go as we expect or plan. With the insight, warmth and clarity that characterize all of Lerner's work, here is a gloriously witty and moving book about what it means to dance the mother dance. "The Mother Dance" is one of the wisest and most honest books on parenting I have read. As a parent myself, I ate up story after story, insight after insight. This excellent book offers a reader pleasurable learning, an oxymoron in the world of education and professionalism, and it is deceptively simple. Within its fluid and engaging language lies solid psychological insight and analysis." --Thomas Moore, author of "Care of the Soul" and "The Soul of Sex"

"Harriet Lerner pioneers on behalf of women's whole humanity. Each chapter in "The Mother Dance" is worth the price of admission. --Gloria Steinem

"Here are the stories that your own mother might never have had the courage to tell you. Once you start reading you won't allow yourself to be interrupted from the unflinchingly honest revelations about the awesome power of being a mother. --Naomi Judd

""The Mother Dance" is the most reassuring, gutsy, and entertaining book about being a mother that I have ever read. A real tour de force! --Clare McHugh, Editor-in-chief, New Woman magazine

"I couldn't put this book down. It comes the closest I've ever seen to fully articulating the dilemmas, insecurities, and the many great joys of motherhood. --Betty Carter, author of "Love, Honor, and Negotiate"

"In The Mother Dance, there are no mistakes in parenting-- only learning experiences told with a great sense of humor." --Benjamin Spock, M.D.

"A popular psychotherapist writes with grace and striking candor about what it is like to be a mother. Entertaining and revealing. Lerner's committed readers will enjoy and perhaps be reconciled to their own parenting styles from this view of her as a mother who is sometimes irrational, sometimes wise, but who loves her children beyond words." --Kirkus Reviews

"Lerner is a serious writer with a gift for translating scholarly ideas into books that hit a nerve with lay audiences. "The Mother Dance" is an engaging account of her parenting experiences that will leave many mothers chuckling with recognition. Lerner's reassuring tone and intelligent advice make her book a useful addition to any parent's bookshelf. --San Francisco Chronicle

"Lerner provides a wealth of commonsense suggestions... and effectively communicates the ambivalent feelings that many women sometimes have toward their children, despite the joy they have find in motherhood." --Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

From the celebrated author of The Dance of Anger comes an extraordinary book about mothering and how it transforms us — and all our relationships — inside and out.

Writing from her dual perspective as psychologist and mother, Dr. Harriet Lerner puts the spotlight on how a woman is changed when she becomes a mother. Enlivened with personal tales and vivid case examples that run the gamut from hilarious to the heart-wrenching, The Mother Dance  spells out what happens to a woman when two become three... and four. We see why her new life is so different from his  — and how children inevitably help us to discover things about ourselves and our partners that we would otherwise not know. Lerner shows us how kids call on us to grow up and are the best teachers of life's most profound spiritual lessons.

From birth to the empty nest, Lerner's own experience has taught her the basic lessons of motherhood: that we are not in control of what happens to our children; that most of what we worry about doesn't happen (though bad things happen that we fail to anticipate); and that our children will love us with all our imperfections if we can do the same for them.

Lerner helps us to distinguish what we can change (and how to do it), and when we need to surrender to the fact that our lives — and our children's — may not go as we expect or plan. With the insight, warmth and clarity that characterize all of Lerner's work, here is a gloriously witty and moving book about what it means to dance the mother dance.

Synopsis:

From the celebrated clinician and author of The Dance of Anger (more than 2 million copies sold) comes an important book about mothering.

Written From Her Dual Perspective as Psychologist and mother, Dr. Harriet Lerner puts the spotlight on how a woman is changed when she becomes a mother. Enlivened with personal tales and vivid case studies that run the gamut from the hilarious to the heart-wrenching, Lerner spells out what happens to a woman (and her partner) when two become three ... and four. We see why her new life is so different from his and how children transform us, and all of our relationships — inside and out.

From birth to the empty nest, Lerner's own experience taught her the basic lessons of motherhood: that we are not in control of what happens to our children, that we may still feel totally guilty and responsible, that matters of life and death turn on a dime, and that most of what we worry about doesn't happen (although bad things happen that we fail to anticipate).

Lerner shows us how kids are the best teachers of life's most profound spiritual lessons in a gloriously witty book filled with excellent practical advice about how to navigate the perilous terrain of motherhood.

About the Author

Harriet Lerner, Ph.D., is one of our nations most loved and respected relationship experts. Renowned for her work on the psychology of women and family relationships, she served as a staff psychologist at the Menninger Clinic for more than two decades. A distinguished lecturer, workshop leader, and psychotherapist, she is the author of The Dance of Anger and other bestselling books. She is also, with her sister, an award-winning children's book writer. She and her husband are therapists in Lawrence, Kansas, and have two sons.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060187682
Subtitle:
How Children Change Your Life
Author:
Lerner, Harriet
Publisher:
Harper
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Parenting
Subject:
Motherhood
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Mothers
Subject:
Mother and child
Subject:
Psychotherapy - Couples & Family
Subject:
Family Therapy
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
19980421
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.58x6.44x1.16 in. 1.15 lbs.

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The Mother Dance: How Children Change Your Life
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Product details 336 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780060187682 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , From the celebrated author of The Dance of Anger comes an extraordinary book about mothering and how it transforms us — and all our relationships — inside and out.

Writing from her dual perspective as psychologist and mother, Dr. Harriet Lerner puts the spotlight on how a woman is changed when she becomes a mother. Enlivened with personal tales and vivid case examples that run the gamut from hilarious to the heart-wrenching, The Mother Dance  spells out what happens to a woman when two become three... and four. We see why her new life is so different from his  — and how children inevitably help us to discover things about ourselves and our partners that we would otherwise not know. Lerner shows us how kids call on us to grow up and are the best teachers of life's most profound spiritual lessons.

From birth to the empty nest, Lerner's own experience has taught her the basic lessons of motherhood: that we are not in control of what happens to our children; that most of what we worry about doesn't happen (though bad things happen that we fail to anticipate); and that our children will love us with all our imperfections if we can do the same for them.

Lerner helps us to distinguish what we can change (and how to do it), and when we need to surrender to the fact that our lives — and our children's — may not go as we expect or plan. With the insight, warmth and clarity that characterize all of Lerner's work, here is a gloriously witty and moving book about what it means to dance the mother dance.

"Synopsis" by , From the celebrated clinician and author of The Dance of Anger (more than 2 million copies sold) comes an important book about mothering.

Written From Her Dual Perspective as Psychologist and mother, Dr. Harriet Lerner puts the spotlight on how a woman is changed when she becomes a mother. Enlivened with personal tales and vivid case studies that run the gamut from the hilarious to the heart-wrenching, Lerner spells out what happens to a woman (and her partner) when two become three ... and four. We see why her new life is so different from his and how children transform us, and all of our relationships — inside and out.

From birth to the empty nest, Lerner's own experience taught her the basic lessons of motherhood: that we are not in control of what happens to our children, that we may still feel totally guilty and responsible, that matters of life and death turn on a dime, and that most of what we worry about doesn't happen (although bad things happen that we fail to anticipate).

Lerner shows us how kids are the best teachers of life's most profound spiritual lessons in a gloriously witty book filled with excellent practical advice about how to navigate the perilous terrain of motherhood.

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