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Not Like My Mother: Becoming a sane parent after growing up in a CRAZY family by [Tomkinson MSW, Irene]
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About the Author

Irene is a successful holistic therapist, retreat leader and a gifted teacher and communicator. She takes complicated psychological constructs and puts them into language that is easily understood. She weaves with humor her own powerful story of recovery and spiritual unfoldment into her teaching. Find a comfortable chair, let the phone go to voice mail, and give yourself the gift of . . . NOT LIKE MY MOTHER.

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  • File Size: 432 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (February 14, 2008)
  • Publication Date: February 14, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OYB8OO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,186 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Every once in a while I run across a real jewel in among the free books on Amazon. This is one of those books.

To my surprise, I found a deeply thoughtful, at times almost uncomfortably honest look into the inner life of the author. It is a good book for those that tend to learn more from walking beside someone rather than being told what to think/do. This isn't a conventional self-help book, but a lot of lessons can be gained by a thoughtful reader.

At the end, the memoir left me thoughtful and strengthened, challenged yet encouraged. It won't help everyone, no book does, but it helped me and for that, I thank the author.

The ending was great....

We teach what we need to learn. And we teach it until we get it.

I finally got it. Now it is your turn. Go find your own story, claim it, appreciate it, don't deny it, and above all have compassion for it. In the end, what else do we have but our own story with all of its lessons and blessings?
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Irene asked me if I would like to read the unedited copy in preparation for her best seller (at least that was the first thought I had in my head)as I started reading it, tears came to my eyes, and I couldn't put this book down. I thought, "if only I had this book when my kids were little, I wouldn't of tried to parent them how I was parented" The mistakes I made, the damage I had done without knowing it...I thought I was doing the right thing as a parent, and reading Irene's book I knew I hadn't...but it was not too late...she shares her own personal story of what she did and what she is doing now. I found the answers in this book for nurturing, healthy, effective parenting..It is never too late, and what a gift you young parent's and us older ones will benefit from (and even if you don't have children and are just grandparents or your own mother is still alive) as you read this and start implementing it into your life now, if you want to change how you feel,act,think,and respond to your children,adult children,grandchildren,or just anyone ...this is a "must read"
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I bought this book today and read it in one sitting. If you're a parent who grew up in less than ideal circumstances, and can't understand why your children don't appreciate how good they've got it - you NEED to read this book.

Irene tells her story with brutal honesty. She examines her situation and explains how she justified decisions, but doesn't sweep her less desirable traits under the carpet. I admire her courage.

Since finishing the book, I am able to realize how my upbringing has affected me, and I'm now analyzing how I parent my children.
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From the title and description I thought the book would be about dysfunctional famillies and the determination to not repeat those mistakes. Something that I often tell myself, that I will "not be like my mother".
I found the book to be more about a family where there was abuse and the mother didn't acknowledge it. So it wasn't at all what I was expecting. I quit reading it before I was even half way through.
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From the bold title of Not Like My Mother, I thought the book was going to be more about her relationship with her own mother. Chapter one is all about her relationship with her daughters. Then Chapter 2 was the make story for her mother's life. There did not seem to be much interaction between herself and her mother. The mother married six times. There was more about the stepfathers than the mother. The rest of the book was her life and then her daughters' lives. Then at the end of the chapter there were some think it over questions. A few chapters were a hodge podge of life advice. The best thing about the book was the Forrest Gump travel through the decided. She has a significant life event three weeks prior to JKF assignation. Then she moves through the sixties to present day. That was very interesting. The writing is good. I should have read the subtitle better. But for what it is, it is not bad.
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Irene's personal, humorous and insightful writing style allowed me to initially romp through the pages picking and choosing what resonated on the surface, while her presence and heartfelt stories motivated me to explore my own life more deeply by both rereading the text and writing in response to the offered prompts. Irene's willingness to share her stories allowed me to look inward at my behavior as a child and my expectations of my parents, as an aunt and my expectations toward my niece and nephew, and as a counselor and the stories my clients share and my response in return. There is something for everyone regardless of being a parent or not. Irene offers herself not to say, "Here is the right way to be an effective parent," but rather, to say, "Here's what I did and why I made those choices then, and what worked for me and what didn't," and she offers some reasons as to why and ways to change. Irene's honesty was infectious; I found myself willingly looking inward with the same courage to reveal my shadow side with humility and grace. I learned from Irene's experiences and with awareness I have the ability to truly change. Nancy Eichhorn M.Ed., M.A.
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It took me a really long time to read this book cover to cover. Partially, I think this is because many ideas and concepts in this book are difficult to process and take time to internalize and understand.

"Not Like My Mother", written by Irene Tomkinson is a story about her life and her life's experiences. It's a book that talks about her journey from shameful, poor, and ignorant beginnings to her eventual understanding that each person can only be responsible for his/her own behavior, reactions, and relationships.

In addition to discussing her own life's journey, she sprinkles the entire book with real psycho analysis (she is a psychotherapists and fully qualified to do so). This was really interesting to read about, especially in sections where I could relate and think about as it pertains to my life and experiences.

I do feel that this book was misclassified - it was labeled as a parenting book, but I think it should have been labeled as a biography and self-help book. As a mother of two girls, I found very little practical parenting advise in the book (although it did have some). More realistically, it is a book that I think would be beneficial and helpful to all adults who grew up in an abusive family situation by helping them explore the inner workings of their adult lives and how they relate to their childhood abuses.

I would recommend this book to any adult who wants to take a deeper look into the inner workings of the subconscious mind and how to separate your wronged youthful life from the present adult life you want for yourself.
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