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Your Children Will Raise You: The Joys, Challenges, and Life Lessons of Motherhood Hardcover – September 13, 2005

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Grab the tissues and let the dishes pile up by the sink-at last there is a book that speaks to a mother's heart. Steinberg's collection of essays by contemporary authors ponders the private side of motherhood. Divided into four thematic sections, the book tackles motherhood from all angles, though some pieces hit harder than others. The first section takes an honest look at being a mother. Next follows a spiritual take on motherhood, then an exploration of tough issues such as guilt and media stereotypes. Stressed-out parents will turn directly to section four: writings about balancing parenting and other aspects of a full life. The content ranges from the lighthearted, such as Susan Douglas' and Meredith Michaels' take on the seemingly ordinary task of grocery shopping: "Now, if you were a 'good' mom, you'd joyfully empty the shopping bags and transform the process of putting the groceries away into a fun game your kids love to play," to the heady: "...the complexities and nuances of our ordinary, everyday mental and emotional experiences is available to us a little out of our conscious awareness," write Harville Hendrix and Helen Hunt. Packed with nuggets of spiritual wisdom: "Motherhood is the perfect path for spiritual practice, for enlightenment," as well as common sense: "One reason there is not a great deal written about what it is like to be the mother of a new infant is that there is rarely a moment to think of anything else besides that infant's needs," this book is aimed at mothers, but it might be most appreciated by grandmothers with time for leisure reading.
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"Grab the tissues and let the dishes pile up in the sink—at last there is a book that speaks to a mother's heart. Steinberg's collection of essays by contemporary authors ponders the private side of motherhood. . . . Packed with nuggets of spiritual wisdom as well as common sense."—Publishers Weekly
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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala (September 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590300645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590300640
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,200,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I came across a reference to this book somewhere and ordered it out of curiosity. The collection of essays turned out to be more interesting than I expected so I ordered a bunch more copies to give as gifts. The essays are ideal for mothers who have been around the block enough to know that in spite of the fact we wouldn't trade the experience for anything else, it is not always a bed or roses. The various chapters look reality in the eye and make sense of the many aspects of motherhood that can be challenging. Its reaffirming to have many women sum up their motherhood experiences in these "lessons".

Some of the articles are slightly gritty so if you're looking for a Chicken Soup for the Soul-type book this is that warm and fuzzy. However, it is well written and the points the writers make are very pertinent and universal to all mothers.
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By Mme. L on November 7, 2006
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My mom loved it. Brilliant collection of essays to inspire and amuse new moms to grandmoms.
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