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Mother Shock: Loving Every (Other) Minute of It Paperback – April, 2003
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Buchanan writes in a graceful, down-to-earth style. -- Brain, Child Magazine (Spring 2003)
Potently honest....Buchanan's...capacity for self-reflection paves the path for all mothers...to explore the complex feelings that accompany motherhood. -- Big Apple Parent (May 2003)
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The book is based on an analogy between mother shock and culture shock, which plays out beautifully in the four part structure, with each chapter representing a different stage of mother shock: mother love; mother shock; mother tongue; and mother land. The author defines "mother love" as a honeymoon stage of maternal bliss, "where the newness of the experience is exciting rather than overwhelming." Mother shock, in contrast, is a period when lack of sleep, missing cultural cues, shaky confidence, and unmet expectations combine to create crisis, even postpartum depression. Mother tongue describes a time when mothers become more "acclimated to the routine of living with an infant" and learn to "speak the language." Finally, mother land tells of adjustment to the new role of mother. The journey is worth following.Read more ›
I did feel that the structure of the book could have been a bit better. It has the feel of so many books I've read lately---like it started as a collection of essays and was mushed together into a book. Baby Emily jumps in age back and forth, events don't occur in sequence, and I always think with just a touch of editing (which the author does for a living) this would feel more like a complete book and less like a collection of columns.
Also, although this is really a compliment and not a complaint, I don't think the book really was as much about mother shock as just about mothering in general, well-written mothering! I read it expecting much more about how hard the early years with a baby were, and found instead a mother that has pretty typical bad and good days and hours, but overall seems to be quite into the whole mothering scene---which was nice!
I look forward to more writing from this author---perhaps a book about how she decided to give up on being a concert pianist?
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Wonderful read for any mom, but especially for new mothers or mothers of toddlers.Published 6 months ago by AS
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It's helpful to read this book to understand the "other" moments of motherhood that we rarely talk about.Published on January 9, 2007 by Jan Sotelo