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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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From the Back Cover
"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
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
The authors touch on areas that we all struggle with and at the end of each chapter I felt I had yet another tool to help me face the next day with. I think we all get so bogged down with kids activities, schedules, and playdates, we forget the simple everyday things! The lists they provide, the reminders, and suggestions were extremely helpful. I'm using it as a reference guide!
I don't think you necessarily have to journal or DO every activity the book recommends. I think the book can be used however it can be helpful for you. Adopting a few of the ideas to start was helpful (and realistic) for me. It doesn't overwhelm the reader with unrealistic suggestions or ideas.
I highly recommend this book, and a hot bath too.
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!
When I picked this book up, I was worried it was going to be preachy-- but I was so wrong. This is the most encouraging and enlightening book for moms that I've ever read. Not only is it not preachy, it makes a point about how we need to lighten up on ourselves and on others too. It's about how to live life to the fullest while also living in the moment. And instead of being abstract, it gives tons and tons of real solutions in the form of ideas that I can try out immediately. I really liked the friendly way the authors present all their research - even when it's dry stuff, they make it interesting by showing us real-life case studies too. I read voraciously about all the experiences these other moms from all over the country were having, and I felt like the book was talking directly to me. It will make you feel powerful and positive, and you'll hug your kids and husband a little harder when you've finished reading it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My Kids and husband gave this book to me on mothers day and i really love this book. there are so many things that i can relate my self...def a savior at meltdowns with kids...Published 14 months ago by KS
I have not read the book yet but it arrived in poor quality and I bought them as holiday gifts. They look like they have been run over by a car and I'm embarrassed to give them... Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by Andrea Potts
The person I purchased this from was great! The book was delivered so quickly. And the book looked exactly as it was described in the post. Read morePublished on April 23, 2011 by sweetirishleo7
For Mothers who work over 50 hours and still need to come home to small childern and husband and a mother in lawPublished on May 14, 2009 by dc87
Okay, this book is just worth having for the adorable cover art. What mom doesn't need and deserve bath time alone? Read morePublished on March 11, 2009 by Kimberley Clayton Blaine, MA, MFT
I enjoyed this book very much. It was insightful and provided information that any mother could implement immediately. There is alot to like about this book. Read morePublished on June 17, 2008 by Mia Redrick
This book is right up my alley. With a subtitle, "It's Good To Be A Little Selfish", this is the book I have been waiting for. Read morePublished on June 6, 2008 by Claudine Wolk
I read this book over a weekend and loved it! Even though I'm not a mom yet, I'm starting to look for parenting books in preparation of the eventuality of it. Read morePublished on April 23, 2008 by C. Romero
I'm from the generation when women were convinced that we could do-it-all, and do-it-all to perfection. Read morePublished on April 17, 2008 by Sharon K. Couto