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Breaking the Good Mom Myth: Every Mom's Modern Guide to Getting Past Perfection, Regaining Sanity, and Raising Great Kids Paperback – Oct 17 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (Oct. 17 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470837438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470837436
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2 x 23 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #226,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Every Modern Mom's Guide to Getting Past Perfection, Regaining Sanity, and Raising Great Kids.

PSYCHOTHERAPIST AND PARENTING EXPERT ALYSON SCHAFER offers a brilliant and hilariously revealing exploration of today's misguided mother-hood. Discover the Truth behind the myths that keep moms flying at a frenetic pace, spending countless dollars they often don't have, and losing endless hours trying to become "experts" on everything from ear infections to the safe heating points of hard plastics. When did neurotic become normal?

Within each new mother an ideal has been cultivated that-like the perfect house and husband-is doomed to fall short.

Breaking the Good Mom Myth challenges our unchallenged thinking with warmth, humor, and real wisdom, Are you ready to let go of being a perfect "good mom," and get on with being a happy, effective, and self-fulfilled mom?

About the Author

Alyson Schäfer, BSc, MA Counseling OACCPP AAMFT

Alyson Schafer is a psychotherapist and recognized as one of Canada's foremost parenting experts. She is the host of The Parenting Show, a call-in advice show on Roger’s Television, and the regular guest parenting expert on CBC television’s The Gill Deacon Show. Alyson is also a Chapters’ Indigo Trusted Advisor and a popular corporate speaker for Lifespeak. Alyson is the selected speaker for Rainbow Canada's 2007 speaker series. You can find Alyson's advice in articles in Today's Parent, Canadian Family, Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Readers Digest and through her website: www.alyson.ca.

Alyson brings the age-old topic of parenting to a twenty-first century audience of educated, enlightened and motivated parents. Her style is fast and witty, and her information is grounded in theory and research. Alyson educates, inspires and entertains — whether speaking to an audience of parents, presenting workshops, or one-on- one in private parent coaching sessions.

As a mother of two and a former nursery school teacher, Alyson brings real life experience and passion to her work.


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I was lucky enough to recieve this book for Christmas this year. As a Work at Home Mother in th 21st century, I feel the pressure as Alyson points out that parenting is a competitve pursuit and that were are obssessed with having our kids perform and if they don't or act up it's a reflection of you as a mother.

I love the chapter on self care and why it is so important to yourself, as a mother, wife, friend and person in general. Just becuase you became a mother, doesn't mean you should stop taking care of yourself. As a person who lost her mother while pregnant with her first child a few years ago, the importance of self care and being healthy rang loud and clear.

The other chapters are all great, with great examples, practical advice for moms and dad, including information on helping your marriage remain a good one and tips of you need help reconnecting with your partner.

A must read book for all parents!
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Fabulous! Alyson Schafer tackles the problem of perfectionist parenting with wit and wisdom. Her assesment of current parenting trends is insightful and challenging but she does more than just critique the current climate. She offers a clear and practical alternative to each of the problems she highlights. This book is very positive and although it challenges the reader to alter in their parenting, it does so in a non-condemning and very encouraging way. Just as she encorages parents to believe in their children and empower them to solve their life issues themselves, so too she empowers the parent to do likewise. I appreciated the balance she struck between critique and applicable suggestions. There is enough critique for the reader to understand the dilema but enough application to make the book truly worth the read.
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This book is an excellent parenting book. It is very easy to read and full of good sense. It shows how the modern mothers are trapped in trying to be perfect and how seeking perfection can lead to a lot of frustrations and mistakes. It gives many good suggestions to bring peace in the family. Two of them were very useful to me: The first one was "Don't do what your kids can do" (example: picking up toys and so on), the second was to have a weekly family meeting to discuss rules and various decisions. These family meetings are a big success for us. My children feel important because they can take part in the decision making and everyone is enjoying it.
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I really enjoyed this book. Alyson Schafer does a great job of reminding us that we can do a really great job of raising our children without overdoing it and without losing our own identities in the process. She uses humour and wit to get her message across, and while doing so, she is also able to demonstrate a deep respect for children and their rights. This book inspired me to let go of the chains of modern "perfect parenting" culture and strive to balance my needs with those of my daughter and husband (and everyone else in our lives). I plan to read it again in a few months to give myself another reality check.
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In "Breaking the Good Mom Myth," Alyson Schafer reminds parents that we can successfully raise children without either perfection or selflessness. Though the first couple chapters feel "light" and difficult to take seriously, Schafer ultimately uses humour to both express respect for children and offer helpful advice on how to overcome parenting myths including "my marriage can wait." She even includes lists and tables to help manage sibling conflicts and to determine age-appropriate chores. The book inspires readers to balance their own needs with those of their children and partners.
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I found the book very insightful. At times I've fallen into the trap of being a "good mom" and this book was very helpful in regrounding me. I liked that it was written my my language and it didn't contain any overly large PhD words that I didn't understand and had to look up. There was humor within the book too. I plan to reread the book at some point and high light important points that I relate too. I also plan to read some of Alyson Schafers books in the future.
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