The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose, and Sanity

3.64 avg rating
( 1,147 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780345518071: The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose, and Sanity
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

This sanity-saving guide “offers practical ways to help you let go of ‘mom guilt’ in order to become a happier, healthier woman” (Parent & Child).

Now with wellness tips and exercises!

The pressure on women today has pushed many American mothers to the breaking point. It feels as if “doing your best” is never enough to please everyone, and the demands mothers place on themselves are both impossible and unrealistic. Now Meg Meeker, M.D., critically acclaimed author of Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters, puts her twenty-five years’ experience as a practicing pediatrician and counselor into a sound, sane approach to reshaping the frustrating, exhausting lives of so many moms.  

Mothers are expected to do it all: raise superstar kids, look great, make good salaries, volunteer for everything, run errands, keep a perfect house, be the perfect wife. Single mothers often have even more demands—and less support. In this rallying cry for change, Dr. Meeker incorporates clinical data and her own experience raising four children to show why mothers suffer from the rising pressure to excel and the toll it takes on their emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual health. Too many mothers are increasingly lonely, anxious, depressed, and unhappy with themselves, refusing to let themselves off the hook. Here, Dr. Meeker has identified the 10 most positive habits of mothers who are healthy, happy, and fulfilled. The key is to embrace a new perspective and create real joy and purpose by utilizing such core habits as
  
· making friends with those who know the meaning of friendship
· finding out what money can buy (and what it cannot)
· lightening the overload—and doing less more often
· discovering faith and learning how to trust it
· taking some alone time and reviving yourself
 
Mothers, it’s time to view the unconditional trust that you see in your children’s eyes when they take your hand or find your face in a crowd as a mirror of your own wonder and worth. You are the light that shines in their lives, the beacon that guides them. By implementing the key strategies in Dr. Meeker’s book, you can be happy, hopeful, and a wonderful role model. You can teach your children to be the very best they can be—and isn’t that still the most precious reward of motherhood?

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

A Q&A with Dr. Meg Meeker, Author of The Ten Habits of Happy Mothers

Q: Your book Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters received very positive critical acclaim and was a national bestseller. Why did you decide to shift your focus to mothers?
A: I decided to write on mothers for two reasons. First, after I saw the overwhelmingly positive response to the encouragement I gave fathers in Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters, I realized that there is a huge paucity of encouragement out there not just for fathers, but for mothers too. Second, over the past 25 years, I have witnessed a shift in the level of stress that all mothers feel. I believe (and research supports this) that mothers are more stressed today than they have ever been. I wanted to drill down and find the sources of the stress and offer solutions to mothers in a positive, encouraging way. I also learned one extremely important lesson very early on as a pediatrician: if I really want to keep kids emotionally and physically happy, the best thing I can do for them is help their mothers. Once she's happy, I didn't need to worry about the kids.)

Q: This new book discusses ten essential habits that mothers should abide by to reclaim the passion, purpose and sanity in their lives. How did you come up with these specific habits--were any of them based on your own personal experience as a mother?
A: I comprised a list of "habits" for mothers after I identified the key stressors in mothers' lives. For instance, I found that money, feeling overwhelmed with complicated schedules, and fear that they weren't parenting well enough were some key stressors. These habits counter those key stresses. Since there isn't much research available on mothers' attitudes toward fear or competitiveness, for instance, much of my advice comes from years of listening intently to the mothers I see in my practice.

Q: Why is solitude so important to mothers these days.
A: Solitude is extremely important for several reasons. First, as mothers, we are continually bombarded with another person's needs and demands. In order to stay sane, we need a reprieve from these. Also, we need solitude so that we can spend reflective time on deeper, important issues such as: what do we want from our lives, what is our purpose and what do we really want for our kids? Finally, solitude teaches us to learn to enjoy our own company. This cannot be understated because every mother needs to learn to like herself and like being with herself. Only solitude affords this.

Q: Whether you are a single mother or in a happy relationship, you assert that it is so important for women to form friendships with other women. Why?
A: Mothers need other women friends because one of our primary needs is to be in deep relationship with a few close people. Our kids cannot serve this need and our husbands can only do so to a certain extent. We mothers need women friends because women think like we do, they stick with us when others leave us and they love us in ways that many husbands, family members or children can't.

Q: There are a lot of advice books for parents on the market. What makes your approach to parenting and motherhood different?
A: My approach to parenting has always been to start where you are and move forward. Many parents ruminate on their mistakes and this prohibits them from becoming better parents and from enjoying parenting more. Mothers, in particular, beat themselves up so much for past mistakes and I always encourage mothers to look forward, not back. This book, is the only book I have ever seen that is written for mothers, not to be better parents, but to learn how to enjoy parenting once again. And I know that any mother can enjoy her role as a mother more!

About the Author:

Meg Meeker, M.D., is the author of Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters and Boys Should Be Boys. She has been a physician practicing pediatric and adolescent medicine, working with children and their parents, for twenty-five years. Dr. Meeker is the mother of four children, and lives with her husband in northern Michigan.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 16.00
US$ 11.71

Convert currency

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, rates & speeds

Add to Basket

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780345518064: The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose, and Sanity

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0345518063 ISBN 13:  9780345518064
Publisher: Ballantine Books, 2011
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Meg Meeker
Published by Random House USA Inc, United States (2011)
ISBN 10: 0345518071 ISBN 13: 9780345518071
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House USA Inc, United States, 2011. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. This sanity-saving guide "offers practical ways to help you let go of 'mom guilt' in order to become a happier, healthier woman" (Parent & Child). Now with wellness tips and exercises! The pressure on women today has pushed many American mothers to the breaking point. It feels as if "doing your best" is never enough to please everyone, and the demands mothers place on themselves are both impossible and unrealistic. Now Meg Meeker, M.D., critically acclaimed author of Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters, puts her twenty-five years' experience as a practicing pediatrician and counselor into a sound, sane approach to reshaping the frustrating, exhausting lives of so many moms. Mothers are expected to do it all: raise superstar kids, look great, make good salaries, volunteer for everything, run errands, keep a perfect house, be the perfect wife. Single mothers often have even more demands--and less support. In this rallying cry for change, Dr. Meeker incorporates clinical data and her own experience raising four children to show why mothers suffer from the rising pressure to excel and the toll it takes on their emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual health. Too many mothers are increasingly lonely, anxious, depressed, and unhappy with themselves, refusing to let themselves off the hook. Here, Dr. Meeker has identified the 10 most positive habits of mothers who are healthy, happy, and fulfilled. The key is to embrace a new perspective and create real joy and purpose by utilizing such core habits as - making friends with those who know the meaning of friendship- finding out what money can buy (and what it cannot)- lightening the overload--and doing less more often- discovering faith and learning how to trust it- taking some alone time and reviving yourself Mothers, it's time to view the unconditional trust that you see in your children's eyes when they take your hand or find your face in a crowd as a mirror of your own wonder and worth. You are the light that shines in their lives, the beacon that guides them. By implementing the key strategies in Dr. Meeker's book, you can be happy, hopeful, and a wonderful role model. You can teach your children to be the very best they can be--and isn't that still the most precious reward of motherhood?. Seller Inventory # AA99780345518071

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 11.71
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Meg Meeker
Published by Random House USA Inc, United States (2011)
ISBN 10: 0345518071 ISBN 13: 9780345518071
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House USA Inc, United States, 2011. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. This sanity-saving guide "offers practical ways to help you let go of 'mom guilt' in order to become a happier, healthier woman" (Parent & Child). Now with wellness tips and exercises! The pressure on women today has pushed many American mothers to the breaking point. It feels as if "doing your best" is never enough to please everyone, and the demands mothers place on themselves are both impossible and unrealistic. Now Meg Meeker, M.D., critically acclaimed author of Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters, puts her twenty-five years' experience as a practicing pediatrician and counselor into a sound, sane approach to reshaping the frustrating, exhausting lives of so many moms. Mothers are expected to do it all: raise superstar kids, look great, make good salaries, volunteer for everything, run errands, keep a perfect house, be the perfect wife. Single mothers often have even more demands--and less support. In this rallying cry for change, Dr. Meeker incorporates clinical data and her own experience raising four children to show why mothers suffer from the rising pressure to excel and the toll it takes on their emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual health. Too many mothers are increasingly lonely, anxious, depressed, and unhappy with themselves, refusing to let themselves off the hook. Here, Dr. Meeker has identified the 10 most positive habits of mothers who are healthy, happy, and fulfilled. The key is to embrace a new perspective and create real joy and purpose by utilizing such core habits as - making friends with those who know the meaning of friendship- finding out what money can buy (and what it cannot)- lightening the overload--and doing less more often- discovering faith and learning how to trust it- taking some alone time and reviving yourself Mothers, it's time to view the unconditional trust that you see in your children's eyes when they take your hand or find your face in a crowd as a mirror of your own wonder and worth. You are the light that shines in their lives, the beacon that guides them. By implementing the key strategies in Dr. Meeker's book, you can be happy, hopeful, and a wonderful role model. You can teach your children to be the very best they can be--and isn't that still the most precious reward of motherhood?. Seller Inventory # AA99780345518071

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 12.21
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Meeker, Meg
Published by Ballantine Books
ISBN 10: 0345518071 ISBN 13: 9780345518071
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Your Online Bookstore
(Houston, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ballantine Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0345518071 Ships promptly from Texas. Seller Inventory # Z0345518071ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 12.22
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Meeker, Meg
ISBN 10: 0345518071 ISBN 13: 9780345518071
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2011. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # VR-9780345518071

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 8.24
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Meeker, Meg
Published by Ballantine Books
ISBN 10: 0345518071 ISBN 13: 9780345518071
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Lakeside Books
(Benton Harbor, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ballantine Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0345518071 BRAND NEW, GIFT QUALITY! NOT OVERSTOCKS OR MARKED UP REMAINDERS! DIRECT FROM THE PUBLISHER!|0.5. Seller Inventory # OTF-S-9780345518071

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 8.36
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

MEEKER, MEG MD
Published by Penguin Random House
ISBN 10: 0345518071 ISBN 13: 9780345518071
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Random House. Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 0345518071

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 9.30
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.60
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Meg Meeker
Published by Ballantine Books (2011)
ISBN 10: 0345518071 ISBN 13: 9780345518071
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Murray Media
(NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ballantine Books, 2011. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # 0345518071

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.29
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Meeker, Meg
Published by Ballantine Books
ISBN 10: 0345518071 ISBN 13: 9780345518071
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Qwestbooks COM LLC
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ballantine Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0345518071. Seller Inventory # Z0345518071ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.78
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Meeker, Meg
Published by Ballantine Books
ISBN 10: 0345518071 ISBN 13: 9780345518071
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Best Bates
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ballantine Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0345518071. Seller Inventory # Z0345518071ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.78
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Meeker, Meg
Published by Ballantine Books
ISBN 10: 0345518071 ISBN 13: 9780345518071
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Bookhouse COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ballantine Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0345518071. Seller Inventory # Z0345518071ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.78
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book