What Mothers Do: especially when it looks like nothing Paperback – 25 Aug 2005
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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)
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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.
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!!
When I read What Mothers Do I cried tears of relief, that the emotions I felt were normal. I especially related to the chapter dealing with maternal ambivalence.
I had my second child, a girl, after a natural water birth. She was so easy, slept well from day 1. I was prepared to not feel the rumoured rush of love. However all the emotions that I thought I should have had with my son, I did have with her. I cried tears of joy and felt overwhleming love for her.
I am so grateful to Naomi Stadlen for this book. It helped me come to terms with the first few months of my sons life, and allowed me to move on from the feelings of guilt. I recommend this book to all my friends who are mums to be. I have a copy that I lend around! I honestly believe all mothers will benefit from reading this book.
Despite this the main message of the book is upbeat and heartwarming.
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