- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Piatkus (25 Aug. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0749926201
- ISBN-13: 978-0749926205
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.9 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
What Mothers Do: especially when it looks like nothing Paperback – 25 Aug 2005
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For further information and forthcoming events, see Naomi's website at www.naomistadlen.com.
This book is amazing . . . It doesn't tell you what to do but reassures you that you're not alone (MOTHER AND BABY July 2010)
A great book if you're feeling like a less-than-perfect new mum (Now Celeb Mum & Baby: 4 star review)
The best book on parenting brilliantly insightful. (Guardian)
I wish I'd had this book years ago - to show to bosses who didn't understand, to friends who couldn't grasp why I was permanently tired, and even to myself - to know that I wasn't the only one who wished for an extra eight hours in the day. (Anne Diamond, television presenter, mother)
If you haven't read [Naomi Stadlen's] books, please do so. They will inspire your mothering (Battersea Yoga)
From the Author
I am very grateful for these reviews of What Mothers Do. I'm collecting reviews from mothers, from fathers, from grandparents and from non-parents. I'm sorry that I haven't yet got my own website. However, you can contact me through my publishers on firstname.lastname@example.org and title it: For Naomi Stadlen, What Mothers Do. I'm very keen to hear from each of you. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
The author looks sympathetically at mothers, whether they are stay-at-home, work-at-home, or work-outside-the-home. This is a book that gives you words for what being a mother means in a concrete kind of way.
She helps you fill in the blanks when someone asks you what you've done all day, and you know that you've been insanely busy but can't actually put in words what you've done. You know that you ran two loads of wash, changed 5 diapers, and managed feeding your child, but can that REALLY fill up 9 hours?? Oh yes! What about the nurturing and comfort that you provided? How about the education that you provided as you emptied the washing machine over 10 minutes instead of 2 as you explain to your baby "this is a sock", etc.
The "tasks" of mothering don't have words or an accompanying value in Western society, but this book helps you name what you do and feel good about it!
All I can say: Buy it as fast as you can and enjoy!!
But when the baby came....so did the book and it was such a good help and confidence booster in the mad hazy first weeks of having a new baby at home with you. I wish I had read it before.
The book, unlike other advice books, is a no nonsense, straight from the hip advice from other mothers. I loved it because it was just so honest....a relief in times that you start to doubt your abilities as a mother. It help me to realise something that I suspected from the start - to trust myself and my intuition. I really think that this book should be read by every mother.
From one very happy Mam and a very healthly baby - enjoy!
This book has at times brought a tear to my eye because it so accurately describes the enormity of motherhood and the complex array of emotions and thoughts that we, as mothers, go through.
It is a wonderfully heart-lifting book. On days when you really think you've been useless (and I have plenty of them!) and things have got on top of you, this book just makes it all make sense again and helps you believe in yourself as a 'good' mother.
It's very esteem-boosting and reassuring, for all mothers, but particularly new mums. I've read loads of practical reference books for parents, all giving contradictory advice. This doesn't give any prescriptive advice, but simply describes what a brilliant job us mums do for our babies and society as a whole!
Great book - even my husband is reading it and agrees with me!
Despite this the main message of the book is upbeat and heartwarming.
As a first time mum, I have felt like I have been wandering in the dark with all these feelings that I could never put into words. I thought that there was something seriously wrong with me and the strength of different feelings I had about my baby. Reading this book helped me to realise that I am actually perfectly normal.
If you only ever read one book on Motherhood, then it really has to be this one.
Ladies, if your partner is reluctant to read another baby book, simply get him to read the chapter 'Snapping at my partner'....a peek into why we take out the frustrations of our day on them!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting perspective- I think it would be much St interesting to new Mothers though...it's a pretty easy read. I would recommend it.Published 23 days ago by Dr S J Easton
I bought this having read the raving customer reviews. This book is tedious to read, self-glorifying (so mothers drop everything when their baby cries, don't both parents? Read morePublished 2 months ago by RAGUL
I don't like this book. Very wordy, I don't like the author's tone. Can't quite put my finger on it but I feel as if she is patronising me as a reader!Published 3 months ago by sezzie_v
This book is awesome! I have so many good things to say about it. Simple but reassuring.
I got this book as a pre course study. If i could have i wouldn't have read the whole book. So much repetition. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Satu
Cried with relief on reading this book. Helped me to articulate all the thins I was finding so difficult but couldn't explain to anyone. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Maeve
My favourite gift for my expectant mummy friends. Beautifully written and supportive. I found it a godsend in the early days of parenting as it is so reassuring.Published 9 months ago by Jenny
Excellent book. Full of great advice and the stories from other mums helped me feels less alone.Published 9 months ago by Raphaelaphant