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Mothering Many: Sanity-Saving Strategies from Moms of Four or More Paperback – February 26, 2016
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The real benefit of this book, though, is that it allows people to answer questions differently. The contributors do not always have a perfect solution, and the editor wisely included admissions of frustration, compromise, and resignation among the responses to questions. So many books about how to get through the day leave the reader feeling like she's a slouch if she can't get that one thing right. This one lets the reader see that some things take a long time to figure out, or you just have to slog through some periods of your family's personal history, or that picture perfection isn't the goal.
MM allows for a true variety of approaches to big questions. A lot of the "big family" genre is so doggedly insistent upon other life choices (schooling, "attachment parenting", natural childbirth, etc.) that it becomes alienating to those who aren't on board with those things, even making people feel like big families are ONLY for those who like to sleep in a bed with 7 other humans, perhaps giving birth while there. MM includes answers from mothers who have made a variety of decisions about school, health, and home life. Most significantly, it's clear from the book's appendices that the editor leans strongly toward the alt-side of most of those questions (referring readers to Dr. Sears, homeschooling resources, homeopathic products, etc). I am absolutely not in that camp, but I did not feel marginalized by that slight tilt in the book, because the editor was large-minded enough to allow more conventional/meta-skeptical/whatever you want to call them moms to have their say also. Good for her, and for us too.