- Paperback: 94 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse (June 24, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0595280404
- ISBN-13: 978-0595280407
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,429,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Diary of a Mother: Parenting Stories and Other Stuff Paperback – June 24, 2003
From the Author
Erma Bombeck may be gone, but her spirit lives on in my humor writing. Parenting in the 21st Century can be a daunting task. The world needs a reason to laugh; Diary of a Mother is reason enough to do just that!
About the Author
Christine Hohlbaum has been writing stories since she was eleven years old. Her eclectic background spans from politics, finance and marketing to creative writing and dance. The author has two children and lives with her husband near Freising, Germany.
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Ms. Hohlbaum's honest look at the realities of parenting today is witty, painless, and fun. There is a chapter dedicated to Erma Bombeck. The writing here is reminiscent of this beloved author, and I am really looking forward to Ms. Hohlbaum's next book.
There is no way to prepare for the facts of Motherhood. Sure, we know intellectually, what it will do our careers, social lives, and marriages. We know what a lofty calling, and a moral challenge that the protection and training of our children is. We know what important hostages to civilization young mothers become.
But the `Devil is in the Details", and there is no way to prepare for these - or maybe, now, there is? Buy a copy of "Diary of a Mother: Parenting Stories and Other Stuff", for every young mother you know. She will still be reading it when all of her other baby shower gifts are long-gone.
Ms. Hohlbaum's writing style is clear and entertaining. I finished this book in no time at all. Busy moms will find time to read it in the bathroom, in doctors' office waiting rooms, and in the car waiting for school to let out or sports practice to end.
Each story has a different approach to the hairiness of being a mother. Some will make you smile, others cry and constantly laughing. Author Christine Hohlbaum is the Erma Bombeck of the 21st century, only she adds spice and tenderness to her stories. "Diary of a Mother" is written with such love, and throughout the reader knows how much Christine loves her children and loves being a mother.
From boardroom to nursery, Christine has done it all. However, she doesn't claim to be an expert at motherhood, but after you read this book you will agree she's doing pretty well. Not only is she a writer with a story to tell but a comedian as well. She dispels the myth that being a mother stops you from achieving your dreams and goals in life.
I suggest each mother rush out and buy a copy today. Moreover, if you know someone whose pregnant this book would make a wonderful gift to show her you care. If you're a skeptic of the challenges of a mother, this book is without a doubt for you. "Diary of a Mother" is a very fast read and can be finished in a day, while balancing 2 kids on your knees. Hat's off to this talented woman who tells readers they too, can be a mother and stay sane.
In this book, Christine Louise Hohlbaum allows us to witness the loving horror that is called being married with children.
For instance, a take-charge, means-business two-year old pulls down her pants and pees on the Library floor as a Mom who desperately tries to cling to a modicum of normalcy quickly browses the rack of new paperbacks.
Or the same Mom suspects she has bad breath from forgetting to brush her teeth that frantic morning and tests her suspicion by blowing on her eight-month old child and closely monitoring his reaction.
These are only a couple of glimpses into that surreal world of child rearing revealed by Ms. Hohlbaum. There are many more.
Ms. Hohlbaum describes the horrors and frustrations with so much humor that you find yourself laughing out loud. And through it all, and ever apparent, is the love that makes it all worth while.
I, personally, am single. I have no children. I own 4 plants and they don't cause any trouble. And yet I enjoyed this book immensely. It showed me the bittersweet other side.
This is a book for every single (or not) one of us.
Vera E. Chazen