Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms: 101 Stories Celebrating the Power of Choice for Stay at Home and Work from Home Moms Paperback – Mar 24 2009
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About the Author
Chicken Soup for the Soul is revitalized,with up-to-date content and fresh new look on its fifteenth anniversary. Jack Canfiekd and Mark Victor Hansen are co-founders of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Wendy Walker is a nationally recognized expert on mothers, and is the author of Four Wives(Feb 2008) and The Queen of Suburbia (summer 2009).
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The theme of many of the stories centers around appreciating every moment with your kids. I tend to forget this in the chaos of the day, and reading this message over and over has helped reinforce the idea of how precious these few years are when my son is little. More than anything else, this book has taught me to enjoy the small, insignificant moments with him.
There are a couple chapters about moms who work. I do work from home part-time, but I have to admit I couldn't relate to these stories as much. Congrats to all those women who started their own businesses, but I just don't have the capacity to multitask like that. I ended up feeling more inadequate than inspired, but that's just my own weakness.
I really liked the stories from husbands about how much they appreciate the hard work their wives do. And I was overwhelmed to tears many times reading the "Becoming a Specialist" chapter, with heart-wrenching stories from moms going through unthinkable challenges with their marriages, their health, their children's health.
The book ends with several chapters from moms of grown-up kids, looking back and reminiscing on parenthood. Again, it was hard to relate to these stories since my son is only 4, and I'm not yet ready to face the day when he moves out on his own. I found myself becoming very, very sad when confronted with my future as an empty-nester. But amid these mostly depressing tales, there was one standout that was written with such graceful metaphors and poignancy that I cried not out of pain but out of love for my child. This story is "Run the River" by Ann Voskamp.
All in all, "Power Moms" was a powerful, engaging read. While I couldn't relate to EVERY story, I think that is the beauty of a book like this--there is something in it to appeal to every mom, whether working at a job or at home.