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Mojo Mom

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MOJO MOM helps you answer the question, "Who Am I Now that I'm A Mom?"

What is Mommy Mojo? It's the feeling you get when you're a parent at the top of your game, juggling the kids and the many facets of life, and keeping your own needs in balance. Motherhood is a tremendous gift, but it's also a huge identity shift. Becoming a Mojo Mom means bringing your self and your dre
ebook, 256 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by Penguin Group US (first published May 1st 2005)
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Apr 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amy has her own inimitable approach to this bottomless topic of life as a mother. She has a scientist's mind, a seeker's eye and a mother's heart. The result is overwhelmingly generous, kind and reassuring. If I am the priest at your bedside, she is the doctor. Believe me, you want to see the doctor well before the priest arrives. In her book, Amy asks the questions we may be afraid to ask ourselves. They are practical and can seem quite impossible and intangible in the early years. Questions ab ...more
Apr 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a must read for expectant Moms, new Moms, Moms with preschoolers, grandmothers. . .well-researched, writtten with compassion and personal experience and great suggestions. There's a wonderful bibliography for further exploration.
Apr 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book on Goodreads, and I'm really glad I did! Besides all the advice and tips on surviving motherhood, there are lots of great references and resources for those of us who'd like more. A great book for new mothers, and would make a terrific gift!
Apr 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't recommend this book highly enough. If you've ever felt lost and overwhelmed by motherhood, read this.
Caitlin Gemmell
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book during my first visit to my grad school and only just got round to reading it cover to cover. It’s a lovely book with an important message. I agree with the premise and I appreciate the useful suggestions, but the only reason this didn’t receive a 5 star rating from me was that it is obviously written from the viewpoint of white privilege. Not every mother is a wife with a supportive husband.
When I first began making my way around the blogiverse a couple of years ago, Amy Tiemann's blog, Mojo Mom, became an early addition to my blogroll. Through her blog, I've followed the process of her writing an updated edition of her parenting book, also titled Mojo Mom, and was excited to be offered a chance to read and review it.

One accusation often leveled at "bad mothers" is selfishness. But there's a selfishness of self-importance and superiority, and a selfishness that simply acknowledges
I was extremely excited to have won this pre-released book. I am a new mom of a 9-month old who returned to the workforce after just 10 weeks because financially we just couldn't swing any more time. It was heartbreaking to leave my baby in a daycare center, but I did what I had to do and it works for us. After reading this fabulous book, I am really inspired to become me again and not just Victoria's mom. I sat down with my spouse and discussed with him that I will need more help from him going ...more
Apr 07, 2009 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
From the introduction, I think that this could be a good book any new parent or soon-to-be would be interested in reading. Perhaps it is that the author and I are of the same mind, or maybe all new mothers feel the same way, but thus far the author has "nailed" the sea change that a person experiences upon giving up the pre-baby life and all the incumbent discomforts associated with becoming someone else instantly with few opportunities for the old life. More on the book as I progress, but at le ...more
Jun 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had really high expectations for this book. The book was good, but I did want more at the end. One really nice thing about the book is the abundance of resources and footnotes citing other works. Other reviewers have noted that a lot of what she says is common sense. I can see why they would say that, but I also think that it depends on the woman. I think the book will be most helpful for women who have established a strong identity (whether it is career, art, whatever) BEFORE becoming a mothe ...more
Apr 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"When Mama ain't happy, Ain't nobody happy"- Mom's Wisdom

Thanks to GoodReads...I won this book and I have had it for awhile...I would read bits and pieces and then I would forget about it for a bit. So I finally finished it and I want to meet the author! Amy Tiemann has a wealth of knowledge that I wish I knew about before having my 2 kids. I could relate just a tad too much with her advice. I will tell every mother and soon to be mother to be about this book. I could
Apr 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a must read for any mother in any phase of mothering. I have been mothering for over seven years and I walked away feeling encouraged with where I am in my mothering. Mojo Mom is a book worth reading along any part of a mother's journey. Tiemann provides warmth and joy for this tremendous responsibility and gift we all experience as mothers. I will definately encourage all mothers I know who are new and seasoned to read and to find their mojo as they continue their life long quest o ...more
Feb 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Hi everyone, it's author Amy Tiemann here. Thanks for your comments on the original (red cover) 2006 edition of Mojo Mom. I wanted to make sure you know that the new revised, expanded and updated 2009 edition has just come out. For those of you who wanted more resources and more discussion about women's leadership--that's all in the new 2009 edition, published by Gotham Books and easily recognizable by its BLUE cover. I hope you'll check it out: the new Mojo Mom 2009 edition.
Jul 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As Amy's husband, you would expect me give her book a high rating, but it's not because I'm married to her. It's the other way around: I'm married to her because of her many gifts, which include the gift of writing.

But my review is also influenced by the number of times I have heard from readers (either directly, or what Amy has chosen to share with me) about the profoundly positive impact this book has had on their life's outlook. Thus, the combination of great writing and equally great respons
Jul 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
This has some great ideas for coping with the life changes that come with being a new mom, and also helps put perspective on how life changes when a second child enters the family too. It has some ideas on what moms can do to be more than "just a mom," whether they work inside the home or outside of it, as well as ways in which dads can help.
It was a really quick read, and also has a ton of resources in each section for further reading.
Lori Tatar
Mojo Mom is a book that offers validation for those things you know you need but are afraid to ask for, let alone demand. It is full of suggestions and resources for mothers, whether new or well-practiced. Amy Tiemann has put into words what so many of us have felt for so long but didn't know how to express.
Apr 09, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: new mommies
Shelves: mama-stuff
I was super excited to get this goodread giveaway, but i just couldnt get into it. The book starts with a focus on the early early years of mommying, and perhaps that was what lost me -- been there, done that.

I did not finish the book, and have set it aside for now. It remains on my bedside table and i will try to pick it again this summer, perhaps start later into the book.
Jun 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-about-baby
Unfortunate title. Part of why I gave 4 stars to this book is because I read it at exactly the right time for me. Perhaps I'll become a flexible workplace activist. Perhaps I'll just keep my car clean.
Catherine Just
So far I really love this book!
Dec 10, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: new moms
Shelves: parenting
This was not as helpful as it might have been when I was a new mom...moms of older toddlers will probably have figured most of this out already (it's important to take time for yourself...)
having a hard time feeling motivated to read this one so far....
Aug 03, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book makes a good point but it's common sense. Who doesn't know that if you don't take care of yourself, you can't really take good care of anyone else? I don't really recommend the book.
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A new, revised and expanded edition of "Mojo Mom: Nurturing Your Self While Raising a Family," has just been published by Gotham Books. "Mojo Mom" leads women on a path that starts with self care and culminates in women's leadership. The 2009 edition (with the blue cover) addresses the expansion in our cultural conversation about motherhood that has taken place since the original "Mojo Mom" came o ...more
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