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Mothers Need Time-Outs, Too: It’s Good to be a Little Selfish--It Actually Makes You a Better Mother Paperback – March 27, 2008
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Susan Callahan, Anne Nolen, and Katrin Schumann are friends and mothers who live and work in the Boston area. Among them, they have ten kids and more than thirty-five years of experience raising children. They represent a range of parenting lifestyles, from stay-at-home mom to mom with a full-time career.
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"Mothers Need Time-Outs, Too is breaking new ground for mothers everywhere. It stands the motherhood-as-sacrifice model on its head. The result is healthier moms and healthier families. Bravo!"
--Christiane Northrup, bestselling author of Mother-Daughter Wisdom, The Wisdom of Menopause, and Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
"What a powerful book! Each and every day in my practice, I see mothers worn out from neglecting themselves. This book offers them thoughtful and exciting new ideas on how to thrive during this stage of life, not just survive."
--Dr. Richard Dupee, contributing doctor to "Today"
"For today's mothers, who are often swimming in--and sometimes drowning in--a vast sea of demands and responsibilities, this book is a life raft."
--Abby Seixas, author of Finding the Deep River Within: A Woman's Guide to Recovering Balance and Meaning in Everyday Life
"The authors give us both a fresh look at society's unrealistic expectations for mothers and new tools to fix the problems those expectations can cause."
--Kate Kellogg, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Management, MIT
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The book uses wit, humor and anecdotes to portray issues faced by most moms today and how we can all be better persons, moms and wives by placing importance on our own needs. Forget about fears of being perceived as selfish - if we don't take care of ourselves, who is? And ultimately, reading this book affirms that me-time for moms isn't a bad thing - on the contrary, it makes us feel good, and helps us be better moms and wives. Highly recommended - a great gift for the mom friends in your lives!
I was glad I did. The book has many tips on helping women set practical and achievable goals for reclaiming our lives. We all need to be reminded to be "self aware", and "self accepting", to stay in the "here and now" and to take time for "self care".
I found the "tips from the trenches" sections very helpful. Especially the ones about the value of downtime and about simplifying our lives to regain control over them.
My favorite tip was - when pressed for time to really journal, at least write down a single word that represents your day. Even that tiny step can help us remember to take time outs for ourselves.