In an era of mommy blogs, Pinterest, and Facebook, The Good Mother Myth dismantles the social mediafed notion of what it means to be a good mother.” This collection of essays takes a realistic look at motherhood and provides a platform for real voices and raw stories, each adding to the narrative of motherhood we don’t tend to see in the headlines or on the news.
From tales of mind-bending, panic-inducing overwhelm to a reflection on using weed instead of wine to deal with the terrible twos, the honesty of the essays creates a community of mothers who refuse to feel like they’re in competition with others, or with the notion of the ideal momthey’re just trying to find a way to make it work. With a foreword by Christy Turlington Burns and a contributor list that includes Jessica Valenti, Sharon Lerner, Soraya Chemaly, Amber Dusick, and many more, this remarkable collection seeks to debunk the myth and offer honest perspectives on what it means to be a mother.
Avital Norman Nathman
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This is the book for all of us less-than-perfect women who sometimes think we're the worst mothers in the world for x,y,z reason compared to another mother or group of moms. The point of the book is that there is no perfect, or "good," mother. It's a fallacy. We're all just Moms, with a capital M, doing the best we can. This books includes short stories about moms from all walks of life doing the best they can to be the best moms they can be, whatever that means to them and their kids. I especially love the story in the book about Facebook posts. The author draws you into hilarious and meaningful, empathetic distinctions between what she wrote on Facebook about her day with her kids, and what really happened off-screen. It's fantastic. I laughed, I cried and then I got a copy for my friend for her birthday. We always joke that we're going to fall out of the running for "Mother of the Year" when we do something less than perfect. This book reminds us that there's no...
This anthology is just wonderfully put together, and in a word: validating. As a mother of two young children I often have a hard time getting out of my own way, and relaxing around parenting. Am I doing enough? Is the TV on too much? Was that broccoli organic? Will they even eat it??? Parenting can make anyone feel crazy. This anthology of thoughtful essays on motherhood is organized well, and each essay made me realize different things about myself as a mother. The essays are very interesting, with a strong, clear voice, and short, so it's easy to read in short bursts (you know, if you should be doing something like playing with your children instead of reading, etc). I especially appreciated the last two sections - about unconventional mothers like teen moms and lesbian families, and about mothers who overcame odds to be the good mothers they never had and the adoptive mother. After finishing the book, I felt a deep kinship to other mothers. Because we're all trying to live up to...
There are so many different experiences represented in this book. I could really relate personally to a few and I learned a lot from the other stories. These stories are raw, intense, real and very therapeutic. I highly recommend this book to read particularly after baby has arrived and Momma finds herself in the trenches of new parenthood.
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