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This book feels like the next logical book after What Mothers Do. It demonstrates the emotional transition of motherhood including how mums love, emotions and thoughts of new mums, relationships, changing identities and the current challenges around parenting in our society. Mothers everywhere will feel re-assured reading this book that they’re doing ‘OK’ as there is something in this book we can all relate to. What is the most fantastic philosophy behind this book is that it’s NOT a parenting book telling you how to raise your child, telling you how you should be feeling, what you should be doing, how you can love your child. It will empower any mother reading it that every emotion (good and bad) is something many of us have experienced – even if we’ve not been able to articulate it or felt able to articulate it. I loved her view of talking about emotions that we feel as parents and why articulating those emotions is so important – once we can recognise an emotion, talk about and shape it, we can start to manage it – it’s when we don’t that it starts to evolve into something unrecognisable.
This book covers how relationships between mother and child are built – through intimacy, touch, connection and communication.Read more ›
For the first time the difficulties and problems - the suffering of new mothers faced with completely unknown territory is examined. By using the voices of many `Mothers Talking' we begin to realize that `failure' and `not understanding' is part of the process.
The more I read, the more I felt that the issue was a spiritual one. Not only does the young mother discover to her surprise that she has fallen deeply in love with her new baby - but she grows to see that her baby not only needs her but also truly loves her. This love, flowing between mother and baby, provides the extra energy for them to overcome the difficulties and the burdens of tiredness they both face.
By understanding this key concept the mother gains in confidence and knowledge such that she can throw away any rule books, and check out any advice without feeling it to be criticism. This knowledge permits her to see how vital she is for the development of her little baby. Further, as she feels free to concentrate on this mind/body connection, this love grows and resonates between them ; feedback then generates more and more useful energy to the benefit of both. Both can then feel secure - both gain a tranquillity and bloom.
No longer is she `only a mother' she is the provider of the template of a loving relationship which empowers the baby for all subsequent relationships in his life.
This book sets mothers free to trust themselves and be proud of their role. If only I had been blessed with this many years ago! At least I can give it to my own daughters. Made me laugh a lot too........................
In How Mothers Love, Stadlen explains the complicated, terrfying, overwhelming and seemingly unfathomable feelings and emotional work that parents, particularly the primary carers of children, experience and how they are changed by that experience.
Until one is a parent, it is easy to think that all it takes is to give birth to a baby, feed him, clothe him and care for him and that's it, you're a parent. But as anyone who has done it will know, that is the easy bit, and in this book, Stadlen eloquently describes the development of parents in all its depth and beauty, using quotes from mothers who've attended her Mothers Talking groups over the last twenty years.
Stadlen explains not only how we learn to love our babies, but how that process is affected by many other things - our relationships with our own mothers; the existence of a first-born; the state of our relationship with our baby's other parent. She writes about support and about how we make choices about how we parent our babies and what the affect of that support and those choices might be.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just love this book and have given it to many of my new mummy friends.
I find it really affirming and made me feel better in the very early days when days seemed to go one... Read more
A brilliant sequel to What Mothers Do. Beautifully written, with deep insight and appreciation of the importance of mothering.Published on 6 Oct. 2014 by Mrs. A. S. Blenkinsop
Thought provoking and heartwarming, I enjoyed this and the Naomi Stadlen's previous book (whose title I can't recall at the moment).Published on 1 Aug. 2013 by Juliet Brilliant
I saw this book mentioned in the Guardian, and thought it might help me to understand how my style of mothering has affected my children.Published on 29 Nov. 2011 by Carole A. Atkinson
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