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Dojo Wisdom For Mothers [Paperback]

Jennifer Lawler

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Book Description

March 29 2005
In Dojo Wisdom and Dojo Wisdom for Writers, black belt Jennifer Lawler illustrated how anyone can use the lessons of the martial arts to enhance their everyday life. Lawler discovered the wisdom of the dojo was never more powerful than when she faced her biggest challenge: becoming a mother. Here, she presents down-to-earth lessons such as "your beliefs should guide your parenting strategy" and "fear prevents joyful parenting" to help new mothers balance the demands of child rearing with having a fulfilling personal life. Filled with lively anecdotes and stories from her experience and that of other mothers, Dojo Wisdom for Mothers provides guidance that women can use to develop their own parenting strategy and teaches them how to trust their instincts. Insightful and heartfelt, this is every woman’s key to relishing the joy that comes with motherhood.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Paperbacks (March 29 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142196347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142196342
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 13 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,137,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As with her other Dojo books (Dojo Wisdom for Writers, etc.), Lawler takes her experiences as a black belt instructor in Tae Kwon Do and applies it to a specific area of life, distilling her wisdom into 100 pithy lessons, each followed by a short "exercise" that offers tips on how to put the lesson to use in real life. Some lessons, like "The Way is different for every mother" and "Understand the nature of yin-yang," have a direct connection to martial arts, while others, like "Teach appreciation in your family" or "Pick your battles wisely," seem to stem more from simple common sense. Regardless, Lawler's assured, straightforward writing helps each lesson go down smoothly, as do classy quotes from an array of celebrities and academics. Lawler's unique perspective as the mother of a special need's child also distinguishes this book from the pack of new mother gift books. Lawler candidly shares the conflicts and crises she experienced when she learned her daughter Jessica was born with tuberous sclerosis, a rare condition that rendered her brain damaged and made her constantly ill. Jessica's condition forced Lawler to rethink many of her goals for child rearing, and the lessons she has learned and recorded in this book will help all parents realize that their children are worthwhile no matter how they defy expectations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moms as Warriors May 18 2005
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When you're in the midst of diaper changes, tantrums and a lack of "me time", it's nice to have something or someone remind you of the bigger picture. Dojo Wisdom for Mothers does that. By comparing a mom's life to that of a martial artist, one learns not only some useful tips for momhood, but also a bit about the martial arts (hence the title "Dojo" which is a place where martial artists practice).

The framework that writer and martial arts expert Jennifer Lawler uses in the book provides an interesting way to think about the mothering role. One of my favorites is "The way is different for every mother" - meaning that moms are all different, and there's no reason we have to act the same. Another favorite is "Take what you can use, discard the rest." (I guess I'm noticing some patterns amongst my favorites!) Parents get a lot of advice - some works, and some doesn't. Lawler's point is to pick up the skills that will help YOU, realizing that not everything works of everyone. It's helpful to keep in mind when getting unsolicited tips from others.

The book is written in short chapters, with the advice in the title. Personal examples follow, as well as exercises you can use to practice the advice. It's an easy book to read - a few pages or chapters before bed, or when you have a few minutes in line at the post office.

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