Your Children Will Raise You: The Joys, Challenges, and Life Lessons of Motherhood

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Motherhood can be one of the most intense and transformative experiences of a woman's life. While many books explore the do's and don'ts of effective parenting, few offer guidance on navigating the tumultuous inner experience of being a mother, with all its joy, pain, change, and uncertainty. Your Children Will Raise You explores the profound inward challenges and rewards of motherhood, from first giving birth to the empty nest.

The editor—herself a mother of two sons—has chosen some of the most insightful writings about the emotional and spiritual landscape of motherhood—twenty-four essays in all—drawn from the best books, articles, and essays, as well as two original essays. The authors speak from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, each exploring a unique dimension of the journey of motherhood.
Your Children Will Raise You features writings by
Poet and novelist Louise Erdrich, who captures the sheer wonder and awe of early motherhood.
Ariel Gore—a self-described "hip-momma," fully in touch with today's youth culture—who reflects on the challenges of dealing with her own daughter's adolescent rebellion.
Journalist Joan Peters, who highlights the rise of the "Power Mom" and the risks of overparenting to our children and to ourselves.
Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt—husband and wife psychotherapists—explore why it is that our own childhoods so often come back to haunt us when we become parents ourselves.
Zen teacher Cheri Huber offers a spiritual perspective: sometimes it's us parents who need a "time out"—time to get in touch with ourselves so we can be more fully present and loving with our children.

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Grab the tissues and let the dishes pile up by the sink-at last there is a book that speaks to a mother's heart. Steinberg's collection of essays by contemporary authors ponders the private side of motherhood. Divided into four thematic sections, the book tackles motherhood from all angles, though some pieces hit harder than others. The first section takes an honest look at being a mother. Next follows a spiritual take on motherhood, then an exploration of tough issues such as guilt and media stereotypes. Stressed-out parents will turn directly to section four: writings about balancing parenting and other aspects of a full life. The content ranges from the lighthearted, such as Susan Douglas' and Meredith Michaels' take on the seemingly ordinary task of grocery shopping: "Now, if you were a 'good' mom, you'd joyfully empty the shopping bags and transform the process of putting the groceries away into a fun game your kids love to play," to the heady: "...the complexities and nuances of our ordinary, everyday mental and emotional experiences is available to us a little out of our conscious awareness," write Harville Hendrix and Helen Hunt. Packed with nuggets of spiritual wisdom: "Motherhood is the perfect path for spiritual practice, for enlightenment," as well as common sense: "One reason there is not a great deal written about what it is like to be the mother of a new infant is that there is rarely a moment to think of anything else besides that infant's needs," this book is aimed at mothers, but it might be most appreciated by grandmothers with time for leisure reading.
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"Grab the tissues and let the dishes pile up in the sink—at last there is a book that speaks to a mother's heart. Steinberg's collection of essays by contemporary authors ponders the private side of motherhood. . . . Packed with nuggets of spiritual wisdom as well as common sense."—Publishers Weekly

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