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The 10 habits of happy mothers : reclaiming our passion, purpose, and sanity /

Main Author: Meeker, Margaret J.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Ballantine Books, 2010
Edition: First edition.
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SUMMARY

Arguing that many moms have gone overboard in their quest for perfection, the author presents ten '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, and much more.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introductionp. xi
Habit #1Understand Your Value as a Motherp. 3
Habit #2Maintain Key Friendshipsp. 23
Habit #3Value and Practice Faithp. 44
Habit #4Say No to Competitionp. 67
Habit #5Create a Healthier Relationship with Moneyp. 91
Habit #6Make Time for Solitudep. 109
Habit #7Give and Get Love in Healthy Waysp. 128
Habit #8Find Ways to Live Simplyp. 149
Habit #9Let Go of Fearp. 175
Habit #10Hope Is a Decision-So Make It!p. 197
Acknowledgmentsp. 221


Review by Booklist Review

The author of Strong Fathers, Stronger Daughters (2006) now looks at mothers who seem to handle the demands of parenting, work, and home with greater happiness. Using her own personal experiences and those of her friends and women she has come across in her travels, Meeker outlines the 10 habits that fulfilled mothers share, which include maintaining important friendships, eschewing competition, practicing faith, and living more simply. Though Meeker is a medical doctor, a pediatrician, she doesn't delve much into medical research about happiness or depression but rather relies on the anecdotal evidence she's accumulated. While parenting books abound, few focus on the mother's well-being, so Meeker's book will be welcomed. Her traditional view of family and gender roles may be off-putting to some readers, but Meeker is a popular speaker and radio guest, whom many readers will know and trust.--Walker, Aleksandra Copyright 2010 Booklist

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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AUTHOR NOTES

Meg Meeker, M.D., is the author of Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters and Boys Should Be Boys. She has been a physician practicing pediatric and adolescent medicine, working with children and their parents, for twenty-five years. Dr. Meeker is the mother of four children, and lives with her husband in northern Michigan.