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What Mothers Do: especially when it looks like nothing Paperback – 26 Feb 2004

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (26 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074992490X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749924904
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
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A great book if you're feeling like a less-than-perfect new mum. This perceptive look at motherhood comforts you and reminds you that being a mum is one of the most important jobs in the world (**** NOW! MUM & BABY, Apr 10)

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)

THE BEST PARENTING BOOK YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF (Anne Karpf, The GUARDIAN)

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 info@piatkus.co.uk and title it: For Naomi Stadlen, What Mothers Do. I'm very keen to hear from each of you.

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I read this when my baby was 6 months old and WISH i had read it earlier. I thought I was the only person who felt like I was way out of my depth, but no, seems like that is completely normal. This book made me feel that I was sane, normal, and a good mother. If you are feeling even slightly inadequate, read this book!
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This book celebrates motherhood by cataloguing all the vital tasks that mothers do and praising mothers for all they accomplish in a society that often overlooks the detail of these accomplishments. The premise of the book is to counter the prevalence of negative language surrounding the work of being a mother and provides interesting insight into the choices modern women make when considering having children. The impact that motherhood has on women who often have no prior experience of child rearing and who have been success oriented in careers is well described and will help women to understand their (often shell-shocked) reactions after giving birth. This is a must read for women in general, mothers and indeed for men and, in particular, fathers who may not otherwise understand their partners as they (mothers) struggle to come to terms with motherhood. Ultimately, this is an empowering book for mothers and a thoroughly interesting (and encouraging) read!!
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This book made a great impact on me because at the time of reading I was feeling very down about being a new mum and unsure of my abilities and decisions that I'd been making about my daughter.
The main point of the book is that the best way of parenting is to find what works for you and your child. It advocates a much more natural way of parenting and it also re-affirms the fact that being a mum is a valuable and important contribution, not just to your child but to society as well. A real confidence boost!
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Do you think that when the day ends, and you are about to collapse from fatigue that you have done absolutely nothing? Well, let me tell you that you have done the most amazing job in the job - raising your child.

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.
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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!!
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This book sets out to celebrate motherhood and it largely succeeds. The author tries to be uncritical and completely supportive. But perhaps this is a subject in which it is impossible to be unbiased. There is a subtle but definite bias against "training" styles of parenting and working mothers.

Despite this the main message of the book is upbeat and heartwarming.
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As a new father I found this to be a truly excellent book, both for preparing you mentally for the birth and coping after wards. It has helped me understand what exactly my wife is experiencing as a mother, to be a more supportive husband (I hope!) and to appreciate the importance of seemingly unimportant acts.

Naomi Stadlen's style is reassuring but undidactic - she is at pains to reassure readers not to feel inadequate if their experience differs from that she outlines. In this manner this book would probably be helpful for you no matter what approach (if any!( you are taking to parenthood. Furthermore her observations, while simply and easily articulated, clearly come from a well of digested knowledge gained by both years of first hand experience of mothers and motherhood and a deep understanding of relevant areas of academic research. Ms Stadlen is no self-help hack; her prose is the real deal and her cautious advice a comfort for any parent doubting their instincts.

Highly recommended.
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If I could write a mandatory reading list for pregnant couples, this book would top it. Read it. If you are already a mother it will provide you with a boost that is almost spiritual, if you are going to be parents it will provide a valuable insight into the massive changes your lives are about to undergo.

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!
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