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Breaking the good mom myth : every modern mom's guide to getting past perfection, regaining sanity, and raising great kids /
Alyson Schafer.
imprint
Mississauga, Ont. : J. Wiley & Sons Canada, c2007.
description
215 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
9780470837436 :
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imprint
Mississauga, Ont. : J. Wiley & Sons Canada, c2007.
isbn
9780470837436 :
catalogue key
7384219
 
Includes bibliographical references.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Alyson Schafer, is Canadian Co-Chair of Family Education for the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP) and a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counselors, Psychometrics, and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
Summaries
Main Description
As a psychotherapist, parent educator and parent coach, Alyson Schäfer has worked with a great many mothers who, in the quest to be a "good mother" have ended up on the door step of despair. Alyson is a forty-something, suburbanite, working-mother of two and can speak to these issues both personally and professionally. This book explains the psycho-social phenomena of how each person creates their own unique "good mother myth" and then examines why these myths are not only faulty, but could in fact lead to poor parenting, marital disaster and individual crisis. Her years of educating parents around these concepts afford Alyson the skill to take complex ideas and explain them to a lay audience in a compelling and easy to understand way. Capitalizing on the need to present parents with information in an easy to digest format, the book is presented as a series of personal stories, each highlighting a common parenting myth. This format will appeal to tired parents who have little time and energy for "academia". Instead, readers learn by taking a voyeuristic peek into the private family lives of the book's characters. Readers can identify with the fictitious parents and coaching clients in the stories and see first hand how the characters ' life experiences shaped their unique "good mother myths" and how these myths create conflict in their lives. The author offers up ideas for how the character can reject her current thinking and adopt a more useful outlook to improve her situation. The story arc allows readers to identify and then project how their parenting may be unknowingly going off the rails. The goal of this book is to provide parents with some basic education and a means of self-discovery. Readers uncover their own good mother myths and are given an eye-opening glimpse into potential issues to challenge their thinking. A great sense of empowerment is restored as mothers become better able to resist the pulls of their personal and cultural myths, and instead begin parenting with greater intention and in ways that are more suitable to proper child guidance.
Main Description
As a psychotherapist, parent educator and parent coach, Alyson Sch fer has worked with a great many mothers who, in the quest to be a "good mother" have ended up on the door step of despair. Alyson is a forty-something, suburbanite, working-mother of two and can speak to these issues both personally and professionally. This book explains the psycho-social phenomena of how each person creates their own unique "good mother myth" and then examines why these myths are not only faulty, but could in fact lead to poor parenting, marital disaster and individual crisis. Her years of educating parents around these concepts afford Alyson the skill to take complex ideas and explain them to a lay audience in a compelling and easy to understand way. Capitalizing on the need to present parents with information in an easy to digest format, the book is presented as a series of personal stories, each highlighting a common parenting myth. This format will appeal to tired parents who have little time and energy for "academia". Instead, readers learn by taking a voyeuristic peek into the private family lives of the book's characters. Readers can identify with the fictitious parents and coaching clients in the stories and see first hand how the characters ' life experiences shaped their unique "good mother myths" and how these myths create conflict in their lives. The author offers up ideas for how the character can reject her current thinking and adopt a more useful outlook to improve her situation. The story arc allows readers to identify and then project how their parenting may be unknowingly going off the rails. The goal of this book is to provide parents with some basic education and a means of self-discovery. Readers uncover their own good mother myths and are given an eye-opening glimpse into potential issues to challenge their thinking. A great sense of empowerment is restored as mothers become better able to resist the pulls of their personal and cultural myths, and instead begin parenting with greater intention and in ways that are more suitable to proper child guidance.
Long Description
As a psychotherapist, parent educator and parent coach, Alyson Schafer has worked with a great many mothers who, in the quest to be a "good mother" have ended up on the door step of despair. Alyson is a forty-something, suburbanite, working-mother of two and can speak to these issues both personally and professionally. This book explains the psycho-social phenomena of how each person creates their own unique "good mother myth" and then examines why these myths are not only faulty, but could in fact lead to poor parenting, marital disaster and individual crisis. Her years of educating parents around these concepts afford Alyson the skill to take complex ideas and explain them to a lay audience in a compelling and easy to understand way. Capitalizing on the need to present parents with information in an easy to digest format, the book is presented as a series of personal stories, each highlighting a common parenting myth. This format will appeal to tired parents who have little time and energy for "academia." Instead, readers learn by taking a voyeuristic peek into the private family lives of the book's characters. Readers can identify with the fictitious parents and coaching clients in the stories and see first hand how the characters' life experiences shaped their unique "good mother myths" and how these myths create conflict in their lives. The author offers up ideas for how the character can reject her current thinking and adopt a more useful outlook to improve her situation. The story arc allows readers to identify and then project how their parenting may be unknowingly going off the rails. The goal of this book is to provide parents with some basic education and ameans of self-discovery. Readers uncover their own good mother myths and are given an eye-opening glimpse into potential issues to challenge their thinking. A great sense of empowerment is restored as mothers become better able to resist the pulls of their personal and cultural myths, and instead begin parenting with greater intention and in ways that are more suitable to proper child guidance.
Back Cover Copy
Every Modern Mom's Guide to Getting Past Perfection, Regaining Sanity, and Raising Great Kids. PSYCHOTHERAPIST AND PARENTING EXPERT ALYSON SCHAFER offers a brilliant and hilariously revealing exploration of today's misguided mother-hood. Discover the Truth behind the myths that keep moms flying at a frenetic pace, spending countless dollars they often don't have, and losing endless hours trying to become "experts" on everything from ear infections to the safe heating points of hard plastics. When did neurotic become normal? Within each new mother an ideal has been cultivated that-like the perfect house and husband-is doomed to fall short. Breaking the Good Mom Myth challenges our unchallenged thinking with warmth, humor, and real wisdom, Are you ready to let go of being a perfect "good mom," and get on with being a happy, effective, and self-fulfilled mom?
Main Description
As a psychotherapist, parent educator and parent coach, Alyson Sch+fer has worked with a great many mothers who, in the quest to be a "good mother" have ended up on the door step of despair. Alyson is a forty-something, suburbanite, working-mother of two and can speak to these issues both personally and professionally.This book explains the psycho-social phenomena of how each person creates their own unique "good mother myth" and then examines why these myths are not only faulty, but could in fact lead to poor parenting, marital disaster and individual crisis. Her years of educating parents around these concepts afford Alyson the skill to take complex ideas and explain them to a lay audience in a compelling and easy to understand way.Capitalizing on the need to present parents with information in an easy to digest format, the book is presented as a series of personal stories, each highlighting a common parenting myth. This format will appeal to tired parents who have little time and energy for "academia". Instead, readers learn by taking a voyeuristic peek into the private family lives of the book's characters. Readers can identify with the fictitious parents and coaching clients in the stories and see first hand how the characters ' life experiences shaped their unique "good mother myths" and how these myths create conflict in their lives.The author offers up ideas for how the character can reject her current thinking and adopt a more useful outlook to improve her situation. The story arc allows readers to identify and then project how their parenting may be unknowingly going off the rails.The goal of this book is to provide parents with some basic education and a means of self-discovery. Readers uncover their own good mother myths and are given an eye-opening glimpse into potential issues to challenge their thinking. A great sense of empowerment is restored as mothers become better able to resist the pulls of their personal and cultural myths, and instead begin parenting with greater intention and in ways that are more suitable to proper child guidance.
Back Cover Copy
Every Modern Mom's Guide to Getting Past Perfection, Regaining Sanity, and Raising Great Kids.PSYCHOTHERAPIST AND PARENTING EXPERT ALYSON SCHAFER offers a brilliant and hilariously revealing exploration of today's misguided mother-hood. Discover the Truth behind the myths that keep moms flying at a frenetic pace, spending countless dollars they often don't have, and losing endless hours trying to become "experts" on everything from ear infections to the safe heating points of hard plastics. When did neurotic become normal?Within each new mother an ideal has been cultivated that-like the perfect house and husband-is doomed to fall short.Breaking the Good Mom Myth challenges our unchallenged thinking with warmth, humor, and real wisdom, Are you ready to let go of being a perfect "good mom," and get on with being a happy, effective, and self-fulfilled mom?
Table of Contents
Introduction: Today's Good Motherp. 1
Myth: Self-Care Is Selfishp. 11
Myth: My Children Are a Reflection of Mep. 31
Myth: My Marriage Can Waitp. 59
Myth: Good Mothers Are All-Caring and All-Protectingp. 83
Myth: Good Mothers Are in Controlp. 113
Myth: Good Mothers Manage Sibling Conflictp. 143
Myth: Only the Best Education for My Childp. 169
Myth: Good Mothers Make Life Fun and Entertainingp. 193
Conclusionp. 209
Acknowledgementsp. 213
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