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Good-Enough Mother: The Perfectly Imperfect Book of Parenting
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 "SpongeBob" so that they can prepare yet another chicken nugget-based dinner, guiltily convinced they're falling down...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Simon Spotlight Entertainment
(first published 2007)
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I liked the author's message; that it is okay, and even preferable, to not be a perfect mother and kids will still turn out normal. I appreciate her honesty regarding the difficulty of parenting and the need for mothers to still take care of their personal needs. However, I wasn't expecting as much of a memoir as it turned out to be. The writing was a bit marginal and pretty repetitive. I got about 2/3rds of the way through but I just couldn't finish it.
I was looking for something that was less personal and a bit more like the "I was a better mom before i had kids" book I read right before this. It is mostly her struggle on how to keep her (wonderful in my eyes) job and raise her kids. It doesn't really relate to what I am currently doing and the age is a bit older than my daughter. I am just trying to deal with a 2 year old without losing my mind so I might appreciate this a few years down the road.
About halfway through, but I am really enjoying Syler's thoughts on being a mother, especially one who is equally devoted to her children and herself. I keep agreeing with her on the thought behind being a "working mom" (ever heard of a "working dad"? didn't think so...) and on being a mother who does her best, and that is good enough.
A wonderfully sweet and motivational book about being a mother in these current times. It's funny, moving, and relatable. It proves that the woes each mom (or dad) have are not new and won't be new when our children become parents. Not as funny (nor as cynical) as Naptime is the New Happy Hour.
This is a light, entertaining look into the family and motherhood adventure of news anchor Rene Syler. As is the case in many families, her two children are completely different. This is a nice read for a mother and it serves as a light-hearted reminder that "good enough" is often good enough!