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"Arguing that many moms have gone overboard in their quest for perfection, the Michigan-based pediatrician and mother of four presents 10 'new habits' that will help moms maintain their passion, purpose, and sanity. In separate chapters, Meeker addresses understanding your value as a mother, maintaining key friendships, valuing and practicing faith, saying no to competition, creating a healthier relationship with money, making time for solitude, giving and getting love in healthy ways, finding ways to live simply, letting go of fear, and embracing hope. Meeker urges mothers to dig deep to find their life's purpose, rejecting cute but superficial one-liners such as 'I'm here to drive my kids around.' Though she claims to be 'a scientist at heart,' Meeker, a Christian, waxes philosophical on many issues, including the importance of faith and spirituality. She also urges moms to seek solitude and live more simply while rejecting such 'toxic' cultural messages as being thinner, looking hot, and making more money. Readers in search of tips on how to help their kids excel won't find them here; this is a sincere and thoughtful discussion of what really matters in a mother's life. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWxyz LLC)

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The pressure on women today has pushed many American mothers to the breaking point. It feels as if “doing your best” is never enough to please everyone, and the demands mothers place on themselves are both impossible and unrealistic. Now Meg Meeker, M.D., critically acclaimed author of Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters, puts her twenty-five years’ experience as a practicing pediatrician and counselor into a sound, sane approach to reshaping the frustrating, exhausting lives of so many moms.  

Mothers are expected to do it all: raise superstar kids, look great, make good salaries, volunteer for everything, run errands, keep a perfect house, be the perfect wife. Single mothers often have even more demands—and less support. In this rallying cry for change, Dr. Meeker incorporates clinical data and her own experience raising four children to show why mothers suffer from the rising pressure to excel and the toll it takes on their emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual health. Too many mothers are increasingly lonely, anxious, depressed, and unhappy with themselves, refusing to let themselves off the hook. Here, Dr. Meeker has identified the 10 most positive habits of mothers who are healthy, happy, and fulfilled. The key is to embrace a new perspective and create real joy and purpose by utilizing such core habits as

 

• making friends with those who know the meaning of friendship

• finding out what money can buy (and what it cannot)

• lightening the overload—and doing less more often

• discovering faith and learning how to trust it

• taking some alone time and reviving yourself

 

Mothers, it’s time to view the unconditional trust that you see in your children’s eyes when they take your hand or find your face in a crowd as a mirror of your own wonder and worth. You are the light that shines in their lives, the beacon that guides them. By implementing the key strategies in Dr. Meeker’s book, you can be happy, hopeful, and a wonderful role model. You can teach your children to be the very best they can be—and isn’t that still the most precious reward of motherhood?

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A concerned grandmother, March 10, 2011 (view all comments by A concerned grandmother)
I just sent this book to my daughter as an early Mother's Day gift...I saw the author in a television interview today, and have read some brief excerpts from the book (I have not read the book myself yet!)...and I wholeheartedly agree with Ms. Meeker's assessment of our over-programmed families and stressed out daughters....I see it in the lives of friends' daughters as well as my own. I will suggest that my daughter's book group might like to read and discuss this, with an eye to helping them come together to make life-giving changes in their lives.
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ISBN:
9780345518064
Subtitle:
Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose, and Sanity
Author:
Meeker, Meg
Author:
Meg Meeker, M.D.
Author:
Meeker, Meg MD
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
Motherhood
Subject:
Parenting - Motherhood
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-Mothering
Subject:
Travel
Publication Date:
20110308
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.53 x 6.39 x 1.07 in 1 lb

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Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » Mothering
Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » Spiritual Parenting
Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » General

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Arguing that many moms have gone overboard in their quest for perfection, the Michigan-based pediatrician and mother of four presents 10 'new habits' that will help moms maintain their passion, purpose, and sanity. In separate chapters, Meeker addresses understanding your value as a mother, maintaining key friendships, valuing and practicing faith, saying no to competition, creating a healthier relationship with money, making time for solitude, giving and getting love in healthy ways, finding ways to live simply, letting go of fear, and embracing hope. Meeker urges mothers to dig deep to find their life's purpose, rejecting cute but superficial one-liners such as 'I'm here to drive my kids around.' Though she claims to be 'a scientist at heart,' Meeker, a Christian, waxes philosophical on many issues, including the importance of faith and spirituality. She also urges moms to seek solitude and live more simply while rejecting such 'toxic' cultural messages as being thinner, looking hot, and making more money. Readers in search of tips on how to help their kids excel won't find them here; this is a sincere and thoughtful discussion of what really matters in a mother's life. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWxyz LLC)
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