Confessions of a Slacker Mom
by Muffy Mead-Ferro
Parents who are fed up with the pressure to turn their children into star athletes, concert violinists, and merit scholars -- all at once! -- finally have an alternative. It's the world of "Slacker Moms," where kids learn to do things for themselves and parents can cut themselves some slack; where it's perfectly all right to do less, have less, and spend less.
From Here to Maternity: The Education of a Rookie Mom
by Beth Teitell
"From Here to Maternity" offers a hilarious, highly perceptive look at the experience of becoming a mom, exposing the secrets of modern parenting that your doctor will fail to warn you about and your fellow mothers will be too embarrassed to admit. Teitell explores what it's like to be a mother in a culture responsible for strollers that cost as much as a month's rent. Chock-full of practical advice on motherhood's biggest challenges, "From Here to Maternity" tells it like it is with consummate style and laugh-out-loud irreverence.
I Love You, Mom!: A Celebration of Our Mothers and Their Gifts to Us
by Diane Clehane
This book is a tribute to mothers everywhere; a thank-you for their sacrifices, hard work, lessons taught, and the loving and caring and pure effort that goes into raising children. In "I Love You, Mom!," such accomplished men and women as Kelly Ripa, Sally Jessy Raphael, Liz Smith, Christine Todd Whitman, and Nancy Snyderman share their personal stories about the most important people in their lives -- their mothers.
Mother-Daughter Wisdom: Creating a Legacy of Physical and Emotional Health
by Christiane Northrup
This book introduces an entirely new map of female development, exploring the "five facets of feminine power," which range from the basics of physical self-care to the discovery of passion and purpose in life. This blueprint allows any woman -- whether or not she has children -- to repair the gaps in her own upbringing and create a better adult relationship with her mother. If she has her own daughter, it will help her be the mother she has always wanted to be.
Mothering Without A Map: The Search for the Good Mother Within
by Kathryn Black
Every woman’s most powerful maternal role model is her own mother. But what about women who grew up feeling “undermothered”—whose mothers were absent, distracted, emotionally distant, depressed, or fell short in some vital way? How are they to become the good mothers they aspire to be? Kathryn Black, whose own mother’s early death inspired her award-winning book, "In the Shadow of Polio," probed for answers from experts in psychiatry and psychoanalysis, developmental psychology and social work, biology and anthropology.
Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety
by Judith Warner
This book provides a lively and provocative look at the modern culture of motherhood and at the social, economic, and political forces that shaped current ideas about parenting. What is wrong with this picture? That's the question Judith Warner asks after taking a good, hard look at the world of modern motherhood -- at anxious women at work and at home and in bed with unhappy husbands. Combining close readings of mainstream magazines, TV shows, and pop culture with a thorough command of dominant ideas in recent psychological, social, and economic theory, "Perfect Madness" addresses our cultural assumptions, and examines the forces that have shaped them.
The 7 Stages of Motherhood: Making the Most of Your Life as a Mom
by Ann Pleshette Murphy
Motherhood is the ultimate transformation, a powerful and thrilling metamorphosis. Yet the vast majority of parenting books focus on the how-tos of baby and child care, not on the care or development of mothers. Ann Pleshette Murphy looks at the emotional lives of mothers, at how we change and grow from the moment we get pregnant to the day we watch our kids graduate from high school. "The 7 Stages of Motherhood" urges women to reflect on the seismic shifts they undergo at each stage of their children's lives and to focus on their own evolution. Only by doing so, says Murphy, can we give children the best of ourselves.
The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets to Enjoying Motherhood
by Meagan Francis
Author Meagan Francis shows us that motherhood is not an obstacle to joy. Drawing on recent happiness research, conversations with hundreds of other moms, and her own experience as a mother of five, Francis shares her ten secrets to happy motherhood in this down-to-earth, funny, and accessible book.