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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc. (6 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345518071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345518071
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By KP on 1 Jan. 2012
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I was feeling like a burned-out mother and this was a great pick-me-up - inspiring, comforting, and a good reminder of what's most important in life.
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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful
A much-needed book for moms 7 April 2011
By bluekitten - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I stumbled upon this book when browsing a bookstore during my lunch break. On that particular day, I was feeling really down on myself. Was I being the best mom I could be? Did my friends and family hate me because I wasn't as available as I used to be now that I had a young child? And geez, when will I EVER lose the baby weight? I nearly cried reading just the first chapter, in which Meeker describes the value of a mother, and why it has nothing to do with her employment status, weight and looks, housekeeping abilities, etc. I simply had to buy this book. Finally, a book about motherhood from an author who GETS IT. I love my son deeply and am so happy to be a mother, but just 16 months into this gig, I felt myself drowning in unrealistic expectations -- from myself and from parenting culture in general. I was constantly beating myself up for not being perfect, and those feelings were starting to crowd out the generally positive feelings I have about parenthood. Meeker does a great job of building women up and encouraging them to understand their value. She coaches mothers to pay attention to nurturing themselves and surrounding themselves with people and activities that make them more resilient to handling the challenges of parenting and give them the energy needed to raise children. I suppose deep in my gut, I knew these things were true, but it felt good to hear it from someone else. Taking time to reflect on the author's words and the questions she asked was much better than the therapy I'd been tempted to seek.
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Surprisingly Fresh and Spiritually Deep Approach to Happiness 13 April 2011
By David Crumm - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Meg Meeker will surprise you. I write this as a journalist who has read both of her books: this new volume for women and her earlier Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know. If you've seen Dr. Meeker in one of her brief TV appearances or you automatically associate her books with the work of other self-help gurus out there, you may not anticipate the breadth of what she offers readers. And you may not expect the depth of her advice.

Most self-help books tick off a list that begins with popular desires like weight loss, controlling the family budget, reducing stress at work--all tied up in a neat bundle of tips to help you do more with less. If that's what you're seeking, then you don't want Dr. Meeker's books.

She starts with substance. Dr. Meeker is a woman of deep faith, although she writes for a general audience and her books welcome readers of many spiritual backgrounds. She understands that happiness stems from deep spiritual satisfaction and the truly urgent spiritual questions in our lives are not about doctrine. They're about why we should climb out of bed in the morning, how we can make it through another stressful day and what truly matters in our lives at the end of each day.

That's why she began her first book with a chapter on the basic value of men and fathers: the "what-truly-matters" message. Now, she begins this new book with an entire chapter on the value of women and mothers. Why? Because, if we appreciate our value as human beings, she writes, "We would wake up every morning excited for the day rather than feeling as though we'd been hit by a truck during the night." This is a wise woman. Yes, she's a physician and specializes in health-care issues among children, adolescents and their parents as well. But she's writing about far more than physical health here.

She finds that the core issues in a truly happy life aren't the goals that most self-help gurus preach. In the new book on Moms (and on the lives of women in general) you'll especially appreciate the no-nonsense chapter on the dangers of isolation and loneliness. Relationships are vital to a healthy life, and not the typical Hollywood stereotypes of relationships, but strong, pragmatic, honest friendships. She argues that women's friendships differ from men's friendships and I think she's right. In fact, I urge both men and women to read both of her books and talk about the issues she raises in each one. That would be a truly healthy discussion!

No, Meg Meeker won't help you lose 10 pounds in 10 days or make you rich in 30 days, but she will help you find a far richer life and, if you're careful in your response to her books, she just might help you find that often-elusive goal that lights up the world around us: Happiness.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Level-Headed Advice Among So Much Noise 6 April 2011
By Marijo Tinlin - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Meeker's new book "The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers" is full of great insight about remembering exactly WHY you became a mom. It's not just to run to soccer practice and to make your 1 millionth peanut butter sandwich. It's to love and enjoy your children. To truly love and enjoy your children, you have to be happy yourself. It's like when you hear people say you can love someone fully until you love yourself. That's exactly what Dr. Meeker says for moms too! Instead of trying to decode all the hype around what type of parent to be (Tiger Mom, Panda Dad, whatever) just be happy and things fall in to place. As a mom with five kids in the family, I absolutely see how her approach works! This is a great read and I recommend it for all moms.
82 of 105 people found the following review helpful
I can't get past the first 2 chapters 5 Jun. 2011
By Barbara B. - Published on
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This book is a disappointment to me. I've listened to Meg on radio and basically enjoyed what she had to say. This book made me feel that if I'm not doing something outside the home, then my full potential is not being realized. That my God given vocation is not being fulfilled. I've got 6 kids that I home school, I've got plenty of vocation right here at home. God doesn't call everyone to fulfill themselves outside the home.

Next chapter about girl friends.......having an interior circle and exterior circle. Well, isn't that special. She does touch on the importance of choosing your friends wisely and does mention that some friends can be problematic (like the ones that always need us to do something for them), but the number of people that we're to have around us to keep us 'happy moms' is just staggering! These friends are to be able and take the kids to soccer practice and bring us a meal, even clean our house! I'm feeling like a bad friend, because I couldn't even do this for any of my friends....not on that big of a scale. Sorry Meg, but it seems that you're writing to a different mom than what I am. 8-(
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Truly inspiring 8 April 2011
By Lilia Vazquez - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great book and easy to read! It is filled with inspirational stories which have helped me realize I'm just like any other mom and how powerful and great I am. It has helped me realize what really matters for my family and it is definitely NOT what our culture now a days is dictating us.
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