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The Balanced Mom: Raising Your Kids Without Losing Your Self Paperback – May 14, 2006
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Perhaps much of this book's advice is better suited to mothers of older children who have enough disposable income to hire babysitters *and* housekeepers *and* take yoga classes *and* get monthly massages *and* take mini-vacations alone, etc..
The answer, I'm sorry to say (because it is far less satisfactory than blaming mothers for suffering martyrdom complexes & suggesting yoga to help mothers feel more "balanced") is a widespread cultural change that makes affordable child care the norm, and helps men & women shoulder the burdens of raising their children more evenly. A much more worthwhile read is "Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety" by Judith Warner.
I give "The Balanced Mom" two stars simply for acknowledging that motherhood is incredibly hard work and those doing that work need to be valued (and value themselves for doing it), which means taking necessary breaks for sustainable self-care.
The only reason it didn't get 4 stars is because the bulleted lists got a little irritating after awhile. I understand she was making it easy to read and to the point for busy moms but I still felt like it could have been written in prose style.
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Nothing really revolutionary. Doesn't expand on any topic, just gives you basic ideas. Our mom's group abandoned it about 1/2 way through but everyone did finish it on their own.Published 15 months ago by J. Booker
Honestly. Eh. I found the author used a lot of buzzwords. Not very original or practical. I can't tell you how many times I read her advice of "be creative" when it came to problem... Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by Kristopher Barleben
Short chapters, quick & easy read. Great tips on not losing yourself, while loving your kids. Your kids learn to love and respect you as a person with interests and goals; not... Read morePublished on January 29, 2013 by Kelly Strong
I ordered the book because, as a soon-to-be first time mom, it is very important to me to maintain my identity even while being a great mom. Read morePublished on February 1, 2010 by Tonia
This book was easy to read, because I am aware already of most of what she's saying. The sugestions are generalized and too simplistic. Read morePublished on January 17, 2008 by Kelly Page
Quick, informative, and why-didn't-I-think-of-that strategies to having it all: supermom, superwife and superself. This book is not just about moms, it's about women.Published on September 3, 2007 by Dori Fenenbock
The Balanced Mom is an easy to follow, step by step guide to help moms find the delicate balance between work, family and self. Read morePublished on August 24, 2007 by Amazon Customer
I loved this book. As a mother of older children (11 and 14), I'm at a place where I realize how much I've given up as I watch them spread their wings. Read morePublished on April 25, 2007 by C. Brienza