Dojo Wisdom For Mothers Paperback – Mar 29 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
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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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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