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Mojo Mom: Nurturing Your Self While Raising a Family Paperback – Bargain Price, April 7, 2009

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"Becoming a mother is a heart-changing event. Mojo Mom is the essential guide that gives each reader the tools and inspiration she needs to get her personal mojo back, and make a positive difference in the world."
--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

About the Author

A former high school teacher, AMY TIEMANN holds a Ph.D. in neurosciences from Stanford University. A major voice in the mothers-advocacy movement, she has been interviewed in newspapers coast to coast and on television shows such as Today. She is a member of the executive team of MomsRising.org and a longtime supporter of Women for Women International. Through her writing, seminars, and Web site MojoMom.com, Amy Tiemann helps other women discover and reclaim a strong sense of self as they grow as mothers and individuals.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham; 1 edition (April 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592404553
  • ASIN: B002PJ4GLS
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,394,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Grant on June 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
As an editor at a parenting magazine, I see hundreds of parenting books each year, but Mojo Mom stands out as a personal favorite. Many moms read about pregnancy, delivery, newborn development, potty training, discipline, but forget to pick up a book about what's happening to mom.

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.
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One accusation often leveled at "bad mothers" is selfishness. But there's a selfishness of self-importance and superiority, and a selfishness that simply acknowledges that one's self is just as important as anyone else's. The subtitle of Amy Tiemann's book refers to the second kind of selfishness; it's the idea that we're actually better nurturers of our families and communities when we don't lose ourselves in the process.

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.
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I bought this book and literally could not put it down. Even before I finished, I started putting Amy's suggestions into practice. And the small changes I've made have already made a difference. I am examining all the things I do and determining which activities are really necessary and bringing me (or my kids) enjoyment. I'm realizing how important it is to have an identity other than mom - not that being a mom isn't a great or important thing but just that we are still our own person too.

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!
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Tiemann is truly gifted in the art of poignant messaging. As a new mother of a 3 1/2 month old girl, this book could not have come at a better time in my life. I have read parenting books, magazines, and websites galore but none came close to the effect this book had on me. Tiemann takes on the intense amount of change most career-oriented women face when we feel a chunk of the life we were used to slipping away and gives us practical advice on embracing it. Thankfully, she reminded me that I am allowed to hold onto myself without questioning any of the profound love I have for my daughter. She seemed to know exactly what it was that I wished someone would tell me and laid it out in one easy, fun read.

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.
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