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Even June Cleaver Would Forget the Juice Box: Cut Yourself Some Slack (and Still Raise Great Kids) in the Age of Extreme Parenting Paperback – April 1, 2007

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Psychologist Dunnewold (The Postpartum Survival Guide) is an expert on postpartum depression, but her latest work focuses on the long-range blues that follow when moms engage in "extreme parenting." According to Dunnewold, society's current parenting standards are "preposterous," and the result is mothers (and more than a few dads) who are driven by anxiety and self-blame. Dunnewold argues that many contemporary mothers "over perfect, over protect and over produce," running themselves ragged and judging themselves too harshly. She suggests a new parenting paradigm, in which mothers learn to let go of the quest for perfection and accept being "perfectly good." The author shows mothers how to replace internal monologues of self-criticism with positive mantras (e.g., "There are no perfect mothers") and coaches moms to aim for a realistic balance (somewhere between June and Roseanne). While Dunnewold tends to quote too heavily from other books and mainstream magazine articles, she's at her best when she coins her own conclusions: "June Cleaver never played reasoning games with Wally to increase his problem-solving skills, or arranged playdates for Beaver." With a no-nonsense approach, Dunnewold validates a mother's choice to set her own standards and be "the mother she wants to be," warts and all. (Apr.)
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Ann Dunnewold, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist who specializes in the issues of women and mothers today. She is a nationally recognized expert on postpartum depression and anxiety, and has appeared on the Today Show and in national magazines such as Fit Pregnancy, Parents and Dallas Child. Dr. Dunnewold has appeared as a consultant in two videos produced by Family Experience Productions, both of which air in hospital systems over the Lamaze/Newborn Channel. The author is a mother of two nearly grown daughters and has survived the endless push to perfection in parenting.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: HCI (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757305466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757305467
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,266,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Duke on May 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
Mothers with children of any age need to read Dr. Dunnewold's book. Based on a sensible approach to mothering, she points out the degree to which many moms (and dads) today get caught up in the competitive parenting trap. Calm and comforting in tone, she gives simple, doable suggestions that will help keep parents from being caught up in the competitive parenting Olympics while showing how to remain true to one's own self. She validates moms who bring their own strengths to parenting while acknowledging we all have our own little "nutty" piece as well. Realistic and reassuring with funny anecdotes and excellent advice, this book is a much needed one for moms today.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sondra on July 5, 2007
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FINALLY, a resource to tell moms "HOW to quit worrying"!
It tells you that as a mother, you are already doing a good job. And, further, that the idea of measuring up isn't possible, because the current standard for parenting is not humanly possible. Dunnewold tells us to quit second guessing our decisions and feel comfortable with our choices. We are doing the best we can for our children. Thank you! Ann Dunnewold......we have all needed this resource and it is the only one out there that validates us as women and mothers!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Vivienne A. McNeny on May 13, 2007
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Ann Dunnewold's book stands alone among the zillion parenting books on the shelves. She not only tells you to chill out when it comes to parenting, she tells you HOW to do it! How to start thinking differently about yourself and who you want your children to be.

As a mother of four this book is a life saver, one that will quickly beome dog eared and covered in juice as I use it as a handbook for perfectly good mothering throughout my busy day!

Thanks for an outstanding book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Beth T. Kennedy on June 29, 2007
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Ann Dunnewold has done it again - with truly useful tools to help eliminate the superficial pressures of parenting and focus on what's really important for both mother (and dad) and child. Raising kids in the artificial world we live in is difficult enough. Thanks, Dr. Dunnewold for guidance in authentic parenting without guilt!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 24, 2007
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In a lighthearted way, Ann Dunnewold clearly explains the reality of "extreme parenting" and the pressure moms place on their children and themselves as a result of this chaotic lifestyle. What price is the family paying when mom needs perfection and what do we lose as a result? Are we still good moms if we give ourselves a break and will our kids suffer if mom doesn't give 110 percent all the time? This book lets mom know that as long as she does the best she can, she's just fine. Here's to a less stressful approach to motherhood and parenting! Debi Silber (Registered Dietitian, Personal Trainer, Whole Health Coach)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tessa Jones on February 24, 2009
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This book uncovers the cultural norms & expectations that are prevalent in today's society (Children of the Baby Boomers, she calls "Boomerangs"). This book has helped me to see why I place the unreasonable expectations on myself as a new mom...and how to step back and reevaluate those expectations to something healthier. All this, to produce parents and children without anxiety and depression, and to increase self-esteem and security for the whole family. This is a compassionate and informative read - just what the doctor ordered. She also includes a nice reading list of more supportive books for today's new parents. This is the first parenting book that speaks my language!
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