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Good-Enough Mother: The Perfectly Imperfect Book of Parenting Hardcover – March 27, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1416934912 ISBN-10: 141693491X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; 1 edition (March 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141693491X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416934912
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,412,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

All mothers want to provide their kids the perfect childhood; as such, many try to become the perfect mother. In this humorous look at modern momhood, journalist and TV personality Syler uses her own experience as a working mom of two to show how "good-enough" is the new "perfect." Each short, punchy chapter is focused loosely on a parenting topic, including spouse management, math homework, assigning chores, taking time out for friends and "flunking the PTA." Syler believes in teaching by example, a strategy she uses on her kids and her readers; in honest, conversational prose, Syler gets very personal, giving readers plenty of lengthy glimpses into the life of a minor celebrity. Though it doesn't add a whole lot to the exploding mommy-memoir canon, this will make a satisfying read for any woman who knows what it's like to scramble through the day raising children, working full time and hoping her efforts are good enough.
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About the Author

René Syler has been an anchor of CBS's The Early Show. She is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists. Syler is married to Buff Parham, with whom she has two children.

Karen Moline is a journalist, novelist, and ghostwriter. She has worked on a wide variety of bestselling books. Moline lives in New York City with her son.

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I am recommending this book to all of my "mommy" friends.
C. King
Just to know that I, a mother who loves her kids, but is not a perfect person, am not alone in my quest to just "break even" a a "good enough mom" is refreshing.
K. Bryan
I have now bought this book for all of my pregnant girlfriends!
Renae Stahl

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L.E. Page on July 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I would have given this book more stars if it had been marketed differently. I think my problem with this book was viewing it as a type of parenting book. If it had instead been put into the memoir category, then I might have enjoyed it more.

I do appreciate the author's message that parents do not have to all-perfect beings. But I think I got that message somewhere in Chapter 2 or 3 and I could have skipped reading the rest of the book which was full of the author's family stories.

Instead of putting this in the parenting books, the publisher should have targeted it to working women as a "My Life in the Trenches" book. Because I think most working women are already doing a lot of what Ms. Syler recommends and could identify with her feelings and approach towards many situations.

So, if you are a fan of Ms. Syler's, then read the book and you'll get a great view of her life and her family and plenty of examples of how she puts her parenting theories into practice. And you'll learn about her house-hunting, and her shopping and bill paying habits, and her childhood, etc. This is a fun read about her day-to-day life with her family.

But if you are looking for a book that is reader-focused and targeted towards solving the readers' particular issues, then look elsewhere.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. King on April 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely loved this book! It is so nice to know that even celebrity moms struggle with many of the same trials that the rest of us face daily. In a society where women are expected to be "SUPER WOMEN," Rene reassures us that it's okay to be human! As I read the book, I found myself laughing out loud - a must-read for the overworked mother! I am recommending this book to all of my "mommy" friends.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Ford on June 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I liked the basic premise of the author admitting that she has flaws and shortcomings in the motherhood department. As women, we often measure our self-worth by comparing ourselves to others, so it's always comforting to read that there's another mother out there who also feels like she isn't perfect. However, there are only so many chapters I can read about this topic. It seemed like EVERY chapter was the same: some anecdote about the antics of the author's children, a cutesty self-depricating remark about the author's foibles in the face of said antics, and then the author bragging that she came through when it really counted.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Latimer on May 13, 2007
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I bought this book for my daughter-in-law because she is so organized and wants everything the best. Her new daughter is only 6 weeks old, and I wanted her to see that everything won't be perfect every time. I also wanted for her to have fun while gaining some introspect into motherhood.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Bryan on May 20, 2007
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Just to know that I, a mother who loves her kids, but is not a perfect person, am not alone in my quest to just "break even" a a "good enough mom" is refreshing. It seems like there are so many stories where mothers are either disgustingly (and not to mention, unrealistically) adept or on the other hand, completly incapable. I was so greatful to finally have someone with whom I can connect!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Renae Stahl on April 11, 2007
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What a delightful and encouraging read! It makes me breathe a sigh of relief to know it is okay and "normal" to not have perfect order in all facets of a modern day mom's life! I have now bought this book for all of my pregnant girlfriends!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sara Ann on April 11, 2007
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This book is a wonderful ray of hope to mothers, and even fathers, who struggle through the day, occasionally worrying about how they measure up as a parent. As if they don't have enough to worry about already!

The most wonderful thing about this book is the humor. (Remember Erma Bombeck, anyone?) Blessed be the author who can laugh at herself......and still hold her head up high!

A great read for anyone who has been/is/may become a parent!
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