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Breaking the Good Mom Myth: Every Mom's Modern Guide to Getting Past Perfection, Regaining Sanity, and Raising Great Kids Paperback – November 3, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (November 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470837438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470837436
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,018,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

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?

About the Author

Alyson Schäfer, BSc, MA Counseling OACCPP AAMFT

Alyson Schafer is a psychotherapist and recognized as one of Canada's foremost parenting experts. She is the host of The Parenting Show, a call-in advice show on Roger’s Television, and the regular guest parenting expert on CBC television’s The Gill Deacon Show. Alyson is also a Chapters’ Indigo Trusted Advisor and a popular corporate speaker for Lifespeak. Alyson is the selected speaker for Rainbow Canada's 2007 speaker series. You can find Alyson's advice in articles in Today's Parent, Canadian Family, Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Readers Digest and through her website: www.alyson.ca.

Alyson brings the age-old topic of parenting to a twenty-first century audience of educated, enlightened and motivated parents. Her style is fast and witty, and her information is grounded in theory and research. Alyson educates, inspires and entertains — whether speaking to an audience of parents, presenting workshops, or one-on- one in private parent coaching sessions.

As a mother of two and a former nursery school teacher, Alyson brings real life experience and passion to her work.


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 2, 2007
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This book has a lot to offer any mom who feels guilt about not being the uber mom so many of us think we need to be. There's a wealth of good old fashion, just makes sense, practical advice for parents. I particularly enjoyed her discussions on sibling rivalry and family meetings. Definitely a useful read for moms and dads alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Hancock on July 27, 2008
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I love this book. As a mother of two (2 yrs and 4 yrs daughters) I re-read it every once in a while to try to maintain perspective. I think Alyson has such a healthy idea of what being a good parent is. I love her take on guilt (she has certainly spit in my soup) and having checkups for your marriage before things go sour. I'm always looking for more specific parenting "how-to's" and detailed indexes - this isn't really that book but I think she offers some parenting classes that are excatly that - but it's a great read beginning to end. So inspiring and grounding. Thanks for writing this.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Natalie Richards on November 25, 2007
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After going through 16 months of hell trying to be the perfect Dr. Sears AP Mom a friend lent me this book and boy did it turn my life around! It has very practical advice for new moms and seasoned moms alike. I too found the section on siblings and family meetings VERY helpful!
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By Shannon P on November 28, 2011
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This book was great in that it gives moms permission to stop trying so dang hard to do everything ultimately perfectly. Its a fast read that focuses more on being accepting of ourselves and our children rather than focusing on actual discipline issues.
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