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Mojo Mom: Nurturing Your Self While Raising a Family Paperback – Bargain Price, April 7, 2009
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--Joan Blades and Kristin Rowe- Finkbeiner, co-founders of MomsRising.org
"Amy Tiemann brings a scientist's mind, a seeker's eye and a mother's heart to her work as a writer and commentator on the issues that matter most to women."
--Karen Maezen Miller, author of Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood
"Mojo Mom is a much-needed catalyst for living the precious gift of personal power we each long for at every stage of life. Give this book to every Mom you know- but give it to yourself first!
--Zainab Salibi, Founder of Women for Women International
"Mojo Mom hits the spot, for any mom who needs a friend. It's honest, personal, political, caring, and inspirational, all at the same time. This is the mom-book to keep at your bedside."
-Miriam Peskowitz, author of The Truth Behind the Mommy Wars and coauthor of The Daring Book for Girls
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For a job that is so life-changing, so consuming, so challenging, there are very few books with thoughtful, practical advice about how to take care of ourselves - I found Mojo Mom hit the target beautifully. Tiemann writes like a best girlfriend, a coach, an expert, and fellow mother about the earth-shattering shifts to a mother's identity and how to nurture that tremendous change with down-to-earth, thoughful advice.
I recommend this book to expecting moms, new moms, any woman with children. Chapter 8 "Keeping Your Resume Fresh and Your Financial Future Secure" is particularly inspiring, especially if you've taken a step back from your career to raise children, but want to be prepared for the next stages of your life. Chapter Five, "Centering, Silence and Reclaiming Your Mind Space" is a wonderful chapter if you're drowning in demands, not only from family, friends and work, but from noise, media, news. Chapter Two, "Life Inside the Cocoon: The Early Months of Motherhood" is an essential read for expecting and new moms.
What grabbed me about Mojo Mom was the subtitle, "Nurturing Your Self While Raising a Family." Everyone tells us to enjoy these years with our children, and Mojo Mom is a wonderful "how-to guide" to show us how to do that. Plenty of references, resource, suggestions, advice, insights, and easy-to-read chapters. Highly recommended.
Acknowledging that motherhood changes our identities, Tiemann's premise is that change doesn't have to equal loss. Even when we're overwhelmed by the exhaustion and demands of early motherhood, we need to recognize that our own needs and wants still exist - and deserve time and attention. It's not going to be like this forever, and self-care is the first basic step in ensuring that a sense of self remains healthy.
Tiemann's tone throughout the book is knowledgeable and encouraging, rather than authoritative and insistent. Beginning with the early-motherhood period she calls "the cocoon," she suggests that this time of intense mother-and-child togetherness can also be a time when we re-evaluate who we are and who we want to be. The changes motherhood brings can help us focus on how we want to go forward as ourselves. And despite the somewhat New-Age-y way I've put that, Tiemann's approach is very practical. She discusses ways to handle guilt and anxiety, claiming time and "mind space," and discovering outlets for self-expression. She examines relationships with partners, money, and the larger community, and suggests that at-home-mom/working-mom "mommy wars" may be fighting the wrong enemies. She offers references and resources in every chapter, as well as illustrative anecdotes.Read more ›
I so recommend this book for all moms. It would make a great shower gift too. There are tons of books about taking care of your children, your body, etc. This one tells you how to nurture your spirit and gives practical ways that you can do it no matter what the age of your children are or what your situation is.
This would be a wonderful Mothers' Day gift too!
Being a parent is the most important and rewarding journey of my life, and now I feel that I have one more tool in my toolbelt to ensure that I am the best parent I can be. I recommend that all moms read this book. I plan on giving it to several I know.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I did not love thi book or would I recommend it. Kind of boring & outdated info. There are better. Books out there.Published on August 16, 2013 by Michelle Booker
Amy gave some great practical tips for when you are ready to kind of be more independent of the baby.
I liked how she gave her unique perspective on it.
I saw this book (an older edition of the current title) in the library and skimmed through it. I knew immediately it would make a great gift for my youngest sister, a very busy mom... Read morePublished on January 14, 2012 by RobinLK
I AM REALLY ENJOYING THIS BOOK. I AM A NEW MOM OF A 15 1/2 MONTH OLD AND WHILE READING THIS BOOK YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING FRIEND WHO HAS ALREADY GONE THROUGH IT SO... Read morePublished on February 16, 2011 by CHEZ AUBREY
Whether you're thinking about starting a family or are already juggling the demands of motherhood, do yourself a favor and read this book! Read morePublished on May 13, 2009 by M. Parry
In my practice I work with children but I keep a few books in the waiting room for how moms can care for themselves. Read morePublished on May 7, 2009 by Cary Ann
Mojo Mom is a smart, comprehensive, practical and essential self-care book for moms. I connected with so many experiences and observations in this book. Read morePublished on April 20, 2009 by Melissa Stanton
It's easy for moms to be so focused on their family that they forget to nurture themselves. Amy's insight, practical advice, and wisdom provides a much needed perspective in... Read morePublished on April 19, 2009 by L. Criddle