Friday, August 21, 2009

What Mother's Do: Especially When it Looks like Nothing by Naomi Stadlen -- A Recommendation

Have you ever spent all day looking after your baby or young child - and ended up feeling that you have 'done nothing all day'? Do you sometimes find it hard to feel pleased with what you are doing, and tell yourself you should achieve more with your time? Maybe it's because you can't see how much you are doing already. In this unique and perceptive look at mothering, Naomi Stadlen draws on many years' work with hundreds of other mothers of a wide variety of ages and backgrounds. She explores mothers' experiences to reveal what they - and you - are doing when it may look, to everyone else, like nothing. If you are a mother, and have ever felt: that nobody understands what you do all day; overwhelmed by your feelings for your baby; tired all the time; that nothing prepared you for motherhood; uncertain what your baby seems to want; short-tempered with your partner - you will find this the most reassuring book you have ever picked up.

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  1. This is a British book. Stadlen works in London as a health vistor (they come around to make sure there are no problems in a child's devolpement. Craig called his health vistor stupid once...Ha!) Anyhow after speaking to tons of women about how they felt taking care of their kids she found they were all saying the same thing, but yet they weren't saying it. Also because it's hard to put into words what they were feeling.
    The book doesn't favor working mothers although it says it's for everyone I think it's mainly geared to those mothers who are at home with there kids 24/7. Also it does say it's for all types of carers and not to get offended when refering to the primary carer as the mother.
    I think it was an interesting read and has one of my favorite quotes. It goes something like "If a mother doesn't ask for advice, it means she doesn't need any" or something like that!!

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