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A book that gives Mothers words for what they do as mothers!,
This review is from: What Mothers Do: especially when it looks like nothing (Paperback)
I bought this book only a few months after my son was born, and I appreciate it more with each passing month.
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!!