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Good-enough mother : the perfectly imperfect book of parenting /

Main Author: Syler, Rene.
Other Authors: Moline, Karen.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 2007
Edition: First edition.
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SUMMARY

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 ofSpongeBobso that they can prepare yet another chicken nugget-based dinner, guiltily convinced they're falling down on the job.InGood-Enough Mother,René Syler pulls back the curtain to reveal the truth about modern mothering and reassure time-stressed moms that even if their children are strangers to made-from-scratch cookies, they can emerge as happy, well-adjusted, fully functioning members of society. Mother to two great kids of her own, Syler explains how she learned to chuck perfection for practicality -- in short, how she became a Good-Enough Mother. 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.Each essay provides welcome empathy and sage advice on navigating life's different obstacles, whether it's dealing with annoying Supermoms, 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"). Offering real wisdom tempered with humor and warmth,Good-Enough Motherwill have every modern mom laughing in relief and recognition.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction: Welcome to My Worldp. 1
1Casey and Cole: The Rose and the Thornp. 9
2In the Buffp. 17
3I Don't Carep. 28
4That'll Get You Ten to Twenty: Crimes and Punishmentsp. 33
5Pinocchio's Palsp. 44
6High-Def Is My Lifep. 50
7Please, May I Be Excused?p. 56
8Chicken Nuggets Are a Food Groupp. 67
9All Roads Lead to Mathp. 77
10You're Not the Boss of Me!p. 90
11No Sick Days for Mommyp. 104
12But Can She Juggle? Hell, Yes!p. 113
13Home Is Where the Heart Isp. 125
14Breaking the (Piggy) Bankp. 132
15Tough Enoughp. 139
16Of Super-Moms and Halloweeniesp. 150
17Another Note from Mrs. Henryp. 163
18Flunking Out of PTAp. 172
19Playdates, or We Don't Rip Eyes off Teddy Bears at Our Housep. 181
20Mommy Needs a Playdatep. 189
21Mothering My Motherp. 194
22The Boys vs. Girls Clothing Smackdownp. 207
23The Birds and the Beesp. 217
24Affluenza Seasonp. 225
25Never Put Unleaded Gas in a Diesel Carp. 232
26Pray for Forgivenessp. 236
27The Untimely Demise of Night-Nite Bearp. 239
28When Mom's Away, the Cat Will Playp. 244
29Every Day Is Mother's Dayp. 250
30Double Whammy, or How to Lose Your Breasts and Your Job in Five Short Weeksp. 257
Epilogue: Pajama Timep. 270


Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (Apr.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.