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The Girlfriends' Guide to Getting your Groove Back (Girlfriends' Guides) Paperback – April 1, 2001


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  • Series: Girlfriends' Guides
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; 1 edition (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399526307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399526305
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #637,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sensible, chummy and sure to be popular, The Girlfriends' Guide to Getting Your Groove Back: Loving Your Family Without Losing Your Mind by author and media personality Vicki Iovine (The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy; etc.) offers advice to mothers of school-age kids. With an engaging mix of humor, firsthand experience and the insights of other girlfriends, she urges women to relish this phase of motherhood (and their independence from diaper bags), while also realizing that they can't turn the clock back. For example, even if moms can't find time to set aside "date" nights with their partners, there are other, efficient ways to rekindle the flame (e.g., greeting their mate with a long, lingering kiss; going to bed naked).

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"With great humor and frankness, Iovine addresses the topics most women talk about only with their best friends." — USA Today

“With an engaging mix of humor, firsthand experience and the insights of other girlfriends, she urges women to relish this phase of motherhood (and their independence from diaper bags), while also realizing that they can't turn the clock back.”—Publishers Weekly


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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Shaz on April 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
Everyone told me how great having kids would be. Personally, I think they were trying to lure me into the "mommy club" by not telling me the rest of the story. While having babies is exciting and defenitely one of life's undisputed miracles, there is an aspect of it that changes you forever. You have to give up a lot of selfish behavior (in that, I mean things that aren't in and of themselves selfish in nature, just things you normally do for yourself: i.e. taking a long, hot bath or having a bit of a lie down whenever you feel like it)and in the process, you lose a bit of yourself. Thank goodness Vicki Iovine and her gaggle of girlfriends have returned to tell me that I'm not alone! It's amazing: you think that passing a certain "stage" (i.e. teething, potty training)is a relief, but in the process, you begin to feel your purpose slip away as your kids grow more and more independent. You begin to think, now what? I've been raising my kids for X amount of years, and I've lost who I am. Wasn't I supposed to just slip right back into the fabulous career woman role with little to no turbulence?!? Vicki is right by our side to lend her shoulder and support, and to tell us (perhaps before we even realize it) that life keeps changing- you never pass a "stage" and get relative calm in your life. She uses the anaolgy of a leaky rowboat. You can either cry about the fact that you're up to your knees in water, or you can grab that bucket and bail the boat out, something you'll have to do again and again as eventually, the rowboat fills up again. Vicki helps us to see the humor in motherhood, and the unique role we play as women, but not in some drippy, "I found this book in the self help section" way. Every piece of advice is peppered with humor.Read more ›
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Gail L. on April 8, 2001
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This book is written for the Mommy who has finally put all the kids in school, and now wants to reclaim a part of her old self. Although I still have small ones at home, I found it reassuring that these "stages" parents go through with the kids don't last long, so we might as well enjoy them. At the same time, we need to remember that "we are the only ones who know how much soul-searching time we need to keep functioning as the locomotives that pull the family train." I think a Mother can never hear enough that the days are long but the years are short, and that taking care of yourself must be a priority if we're to make it all fly and stand a chance of enjoying our families and ourselves.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Whitney Hoffman on April 15, 2001
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Ms. Iovine has a great knack for hitting the nail of motherhood right on the head. This book is a real look at what most of us moms are going through- loving our family, but wondering when we will have time for ourselves, and why we are so suprised that everyone's needs are being met, but somehow, not our own. I felt this book not only spoke to my struggles at being a mom, wife, carpooler, volunteer and holding a job, but certainly made me feel as if I were not alone on this treadmill. The best advice she gives is to look forward, and that we will never be the single girls we once were, so it is time to create a new identity and take care of ourselves, so we can enjoy our lives NOW and in the future. Thank You for a great book!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 2001
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Vicki had me giggling through babyhood and terrific (haha) twos, but when the babies have stopped coming and it comes time for them and you to grow up, you're on your own. Until now. Vicki is refreshingly honest, sometimes a bit crudely so, but hey, she doesn't live in small-town America. She understands from experience how a mommy's body and soul have been hijacked for years by a bunch of adorable little fuzzballs (who may now be adolescents themselves and hormonal, while you may still be potty training the caboose!)and that, Hello! her dear husband may be ready to welcome her back to being his honey, and that she might actually be able to respond sans the multitude of interruptions. After all, as Vicki says, now they can get their own glass of water! It's time to get a part of our lives back under control, which we willingly gave away when we were needed so much, and now if we've done our jobs right and have helped our children to achieve some level of independence and self-sufficiency, Vicki kicks us in the (too big)tush and says "Lose it! Get your act together, no more excuses, it's your turn! You've done your time!" Thanks Vicki! I needed that.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Toledo on February 8, 2002
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In some ways, Ms. Iovine and I couldn't be more different. I haven't worn a pair of high heels since my rehearsal dinner nearly eighteen years ago; makeup is something I put on in five minutes for my husband's annual christmas party; and I still don't know what I want to do with my life--compared to her highly successful career, stylish TV appearances, weekly newspaper columns, etc. But underneath the surface, we're both "mommies," and that experience of trying to meet the infinite needs of your children while keeping a self intact is universal. Or at least, *now* I know it's universal, after reading this book. I found it warmhearted, encouraging, and practical--even when I knew I'd never do what she's suggesting. And even though all of her books have included discussions of highly personal topics, this one seemed even more personal to me, as if she were truly baring her soul at certain spots. I'd highly recommend it, especially to those, like me, whose youngest child is approaching school age and suddenly there is a light at the end of the tunnel--a thought both longed-for and (I find to my surprise) a bit dreaded.
My only complaint, though, is the incredibly sloppy editing. There are typos, misspellings, punctuation marks missing (like periods at the end of sentences). Not Iovine's fault, of course, but the publisher has to be making a fortune off these books, you'd think they could afford a proofreader.
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