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The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality Paperback – December 31, 2013
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About the Author
While teaching high school social studies for a number of years, Avital completed her master's thesis at Wesleyan University, with a concentration in women's studies. Her thesis, which focused on the status of feminism in the lives of women in their twenties, only fueled her interest in investigating and commenting on the role of feminism for women in other aspects of their lives, including motherhood.
Based in Western Massachusetts with her husband and son, Avital enjoys digging in her urban garden, hosting dance parties in her kitchen, tweeting (follow her at @TheMamafesto), and searching for the perfect cup of Chai.
Christy Turlington Burns is a model, mother and founder of Every Mother Counts, a campaign to end preventable deaths caused by pregnancy and childbirth around the world.
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I enjoyed reading each and every essay included. I often found myself shaking my head saying yes, I can so relate.
The essays are so honest ... the women's stories included were heartfelt, real accounts of measuring up.
As a mother of two, I have had my own personal struggles of feeling as though I didn't quite reach the line of what a Good Mother is ... similar to my 6 year year old who has only a few more inches to grow until he can ride the bumper cars at the local amusement park. But, for mothers, there is no waiting or infinite time to grow. We feel the need to reach and exceed the expectations put on us now...today....not in the future.
I appreciate all of the contributions made to make this book possible, and as I sat in my christmas tree lit room holding my phone's flashlight to read each word, I enjoyed my solo time and the book as my companion during the early morning light. I was sad when I finished reading, but used this time in the mornings to follow to reflect. I reflected on the good, the bad and the ugly of my early motherhood days ... I was flying by the seat of my pants with no guidelines on how to make it work. But I figured it out ... and every day as a mother, I figure it out and I am so happy that most days are glorious .... but there are moments that creep in where I second guess everything .... it was a wonderful reminder that I am not alone. The collections of essays remind me of the bond that mothers have ... we just need to let those expectations and judgements pass to see that we are all making the most of what we have ....
Thank you Avital for bringing this book to fruition and sharing it with the world.
I will pass along my copy to a friend and encourage others to get theirs to give The Good Mother Myth a read!