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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (May 9, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684807858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684807850
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #697,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Linda Eyre, who co-authored the New York Times bestseller Teaching Your Children Values, has nine children. She knows that although no mother plans to be a witch, there are times when every mother does a terrific job of playing the part.

In her reassuring and hilarious report on being a mother in today's hectic world, Linda honestly describes not only the vital importance and magnificent moments of motherhood, but also those days when mothers feel they are living in a Roadrunner cartoon that never ends. She shares her own experiences with managing unmanageable schedules, coping with mealtime chaos, trying to find time for herself, and the sometimes desperate measures and compromises that are necessary to get it all done (and even then, not always). Whether offering advice on streamlining your life, coping with the martyr syndrome, or ignoring the outrageous demands of toddlers and teens with serenity and grace (or not), Linda Eyre speaks with the voice of experience.

About the Author

LINDA AND RICHARD EYRE'S Teaching Your Children Values if the first parenting book to reach the #1 spot on the New York Times Book Review bestseller list since Dr. Benjamin Spock's Baby and Child Care.

RICHARD, a Havard-trained management consultant, and LINDA, a musician and teacher, have advocated strong families and balanced life styles in major national media ranging from "Oprah" and "Donahue" to "The 700 Club" and from The Washington Post to USA Today, as well as through their international parent's cooperative organization, HOMEBASE, and as the hosts of the national cable TV show "Families Are Forever."

The Eyres, who were named by President Reagan during the 1980s to direct the White House Conference on Children and Parents, live with their nine children in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Washington, D.C.

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As hectic as my life can be, I rarely make the time to actually get through a book.
Layne Tinsley
Some of her stories made me laugh out loud.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Layne Tinsley on February 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
Being a single mother of two, this book kept me laughing throughout. As hectic as my life can be, I rarely make the time to actually get through a book. I did this book in less than a week. I realized that I am not the only parent "going crazy," but also realized that I have been looking at my daily life with my kids through clouded lenses. I have become aware to pay more attention and actually find the humour in my every day. I have even begun a journal because raising kids really is THAT entertaining and that being a mother is truly the most rewarding and exhausting job that exists. I recommend this book to anyone with kids. You will love all the little stories about all of her nine children, as well as her husband, as they will hit very close to home. Each chapter are possibly 5 to 6 pages in length, which makes getting in a "little" reading time possible. And it really puts your job as a mother back into perspective.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Happy Mommy on July 5, 1999
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I'm a teenager and I happened to read this book in short segements while babysiting. It was so funny. it made me even more excited to be a mom someday because it showed that despite the hard times (and there are many), motherhood is the best thing in the world. Linda's big family (nine kids!) made me want to have a big family also, as oppossed to many people my age who want one or two kids. I think this book would help mom's to get a reality check to see that everyone else is not a supermom and is far from perfect (though always striving).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By audrey TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 28, 2002
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Linda Eyre, parenting expert and mother of nine, offers a look at the lighter side of the chaos in her home. She is not afraid to discuss her mistakes and things that go wrong, and the book is filled with parenting advice -- e.g., have a sense of humor, sometimes your child is actually right, etc. Chapters are, in general, very short, so even a busy mom will have time to read and accept the sympathetic understanding of a mom with even more on her plate! Enjoyable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 1999
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This book was absolutely great! Linda Eyre addresses almost every motherhood aspect you can imagine. It was very uplifting and inspiring to know I'm not the only one who is sometimes a witch. Wonderful encouragement for those of us with the most important job on earth. Most of all, it was great to find out that the Eyre family (which I always thought was perfect) isn't! Linda isn't perfect, but she has learned and grown from her mistakes and she shows other mothers how to as well. I'm going to have my husband read it next. Then I'm giving this book to all the new mothers I know.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 1999
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When a professional parenting expert who is also a mother of nine (yes, 9!) lets you peek at some of her mistakes and shares some of her bad experiences, it can't help but relieve some of the pressure you put on yourself. This book helped me see that I'm really doing a better job than I thought! (I'd also suggest: Perfect Parenting by Elizabeth Pantley - a very handy reference book.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Audet on July 14, 1998
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I digested each chapter and learned something from each reading! As a mother of three little ones, I carry her lessons with me every day! I highly recommend this book to any mother who feels like, "I didn't think it was supposed to be this way!!"
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