The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose, and Sanity

The Habits of Happy Mothers Reclaiming Our Passion Purpose and Sanity The pressure on women today has pushed many American mothers to the breaking point It feels as if doing your best is never enough to please everyone and the demands mothers place on themselves are bo

  • Title: The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose, and Sanity
  • Author: Meg Meeker
  • ISBN: 9780345518064
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The pressure on women today has pushed many American mothers to the breaking point It feels as if doing your best is never enough to please everyone, and the demands mothers place on themselves are both impossible and unrealistic Now Meg Meeker, M.D critically acclaimed author of Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters, puts her twenty five years experience as a practicingThe pressure on women today has pushed many American mothers to the breaking point It feels as if doing your best is never enough to please everyone, and the demands mothers place on themselves are both impossible and unrealistic Now Meg Meeker, M.D critically acclaimed author of Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters, puts her twenty five years experience as a practicing pediatrician and counselor into a sound, sane approach to reshaping the frustrating, exhausting lives of so many moms Mothers are expected to do it all raise superstar kids, look great, make good salaries, volunteer for everything, run errands, keep a perfect house, be the perfect wife Single mothers often have even demands and less support In this rallying cry for change, Dr Meeker incorporates clinical data and her own experience raising four children to show why mothers suffer from the rising pressure to excel and the toll it takes on their emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual health Too many mothers are increasingly lonely, anxious, depressed, and unhappy with themselves, refusing to let themselves off the hook Here, Dr Meeker has identified the 10 most positive habits of mothers who are healthy, happy, and fulfilled The key is to embrace a new perspective and create real joy and purpose by utilizing such core habits as making friends with those who know the meaning of friendship finding out what money can buy and what it cannot lightening the overload and doing less often discovering faith and learning how to trust it taking some alone time and reviving yourself Mothers, it s time to view the unconditional trust that you see in your children s eyes when they take your hand or find your face in a crowd as a mirror of your own wonder and worth You are the light that shines in their lives, the beacon that guides them By implementing the key strategies in Dr Meeker s book, you can be happy, hopeful, and a wonderful role model You can teach your children to be the very best they can be and isn t that still the most precious reward of motherhood

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    1. This book is written by a pediatrician, but it's really about how we women can make our own lives better. The author has a warm, friendly voice and her writing includes many anecdotes to illustrate the topics of each of the 10 "Habits."I think there was a lot of good advice in this book, but I admit that some chapters held my attention more than others. Some of the chapters felt like she was talking directly to me, but others sections felt curiously flat. I guess that it's normal for a self-help [...]

    2. Overall, this is a relatively helpful advice book, written in an engaging conversational style. However, I think the author dropped the ball in a few places, specifically in regard to faith (chapter 3) and our reasons, as mothers, for having children (purely selfish motives). She also makes, in my opinion, too many blanket-statements that stem from her own life and experiences. There are many gems in this book, but unfortunately one has to wade through not a few vague explanations that try - but [...]

    3. I do not usually read self-help books, so perhaps I'm just not the intended audience for this sort of book. Also, most of the advice is geared towards working mothers.I was intrigued when in the introduction I read "the very best we can do at any moment is to realize that, as moms, we are needed now and if we are meant to use other gifts to help others we will be afforded the opportunity when the time comes." The resonated with me as a full-time mother until I realized that the author (has 4 gro [...]

    4. This is an excerpt of my review, the whole of which can be found at thisfelicitouslife.wordpress.At first glance, this book seems a lot like the advice you might get in parenting magazines or the What To Expect books. Most of the books and articles I’ve read like this are long on general platitudes and short on practical advice.Dr. Meeker’s book offers more than platitudes and laundry detergent recipes. She suggests some new attitudes and ways to prioritize that don’t add to my to-do list [...]

    5. I really liked this book. The author does such a good job laying out realistic and helpful principles to help mothers be happier in a non-condescending way. the suggestions she makes aren't the generic "take care of yourself" type suggestions often found in these kinds of books. she's down to earth and easy to relate to. she says it as it is and doesn't try to fluff up how tiring and sometimes discouraging mothering can be but also really emphasizes the positives as well. she speaks from experie [...]

    6. Maybe the problem is that I'm a dad, not a mom. I found this book to lack structure and organization, and to merely be full of feel-good stories from the author's personal life. 3 hours into it I still had no idea what the 10 habits were. I have never pretended to understand women, but this has made me feel as though perhaps I REALLY don't understand women, unless women are also finding problems with this book. Not that the book is bad, per se, it just didn't deliver for me what I thought it wou [...]

    7. My favorite self-help book for mothers by far. I think her suggestions are much more profound and deep than the typical "wear make-up" and "do something for you" suggestions from other authors. Her 10 habits are more about finding personal satisfaction IN motherhood, not IN SPITE of motherhood. MUCH less superficial and more spiritual, emotional, and mental. I must say, however, that although I agreed with each of her 10 habits and liked what she had to say, it started to feel long-winded by the [...]

    8. Excellent reminders for busy and stressed mothers.I love Dr. Meeker’s books, and this one is no exception. Her advice is practical and the stories she tells of her patients and their mothers are engaging and inspiring.

    9. Bluntly, if I did not have to read this book for my book club, I would have stopped after the first chapter.The author seems very nice and is quite likely a decent pediatrician. But she simply cannot write. Her erratic writing and lack of form drove me batty. Time and time again she would have a section heading that had little to do with the section contents. Or give examples that didn't match her point. On top of this, the book just did not flow organically. It felt more like she had a bunch of [...]

    10. I think Dr. Meeker has hit the nail on the head approaching her audience right where they are. This generation is very involved with self and she has done a good job focussing on just that angle. I think her number 7(Give and Get Love in Healthy Ways) should be number 1. One thing that is missing is any reflection on the skills or attitudes that young mothers might be able to pick up from their moms. Dr. Meeker's dedication of this book is to her mom but there is no more attention given to that [...]

    11. Good advice for working moms or moms with comfortable incomes who are struggling to do everything. Very based in Judeo-Christian upper middle class identity. That said, it makes not pretense about being anything else. I'm not sure how helpful it would be to mothers in other faiths and other circumstance. Basically, it is just a reminder to not be jealous of others, be proud of yourself, and focus on the deeper aspects of life as you won't bring anything with you in the end.

    12. This book should have been called How to Be a Normal Human Being, but I guess this doctor thought she could sell more copies by adding the words Happy and Mother instead. It was boring, glazed and the reader of the audiobook was god-awful. What really annoyed me the most was that the author talked multiple times about how these habits would help get you through the "tough times" like when your husband cheats on you. Wait, what?

    13. I enjoyed a lot of the personal stories in this book and it made me think about things, so I might have given it a little higher rating than it deserves. This book should have been about half the length that it was. A few of the chapters just felt flat and I found myself skimming through them, but some of the others really spoke to me and made me think. It is a great reminder of what is important.

    14. I liked this book overall. There were a lot of valuable tidbits of advice in here, and though it is written from a very conventional standpoint, I still found a lot of great ideas and lessons that I could identify with. As with all books of this nature, we take what we can use and leave the rest!

    15. This book was informative and well written. I enjoyed it, especially her analogy on bringing other mothers meals. It definitely comes from a faith based perspective but it isn't denominational

    16. I may have gotten more out of this book had I read it when I first became a mother, but at this point in my life, my reaction to this book was, "Thank you, Captain, Obvious."

    17. Couldn't get through it. The 10 habits she has are great and pointiant, but no new ideas for an LDS mother.

    18. I've listened to this audio book (on 1.5 speed) for the past several months as I've walked during my children's lessons. The choice of when I listened to this help me learn from the author's suggestions, evaluate recent previous interactions with my children, husband, extended family and friends, and then implement ideas soon after. I suppose that's possible anytime but the solitude and bookending of time with my kids forced me to utilize the tools quickly and in small doses, building with each [...]

    19. This is not a book I would ever have picked up on my own. A friend of mine told me she surprisingly liked it, so I tried it out too and also surprisingly liked it. Ordinarily, the cover and title would have been enough for me to roll my eyes and look the other way. Usually, these kinds of self-help books don’t interest me because they are usually too broad and vague to be helpful. In some respects (and chapters) this was too broad and vague to be helpful, particularly in the chapters on faith [...]

    20. This book was an exceptional read. It was beyond my expectations. I was expecting another step by step style book with general advice. Meg Meeker, MD takes her message so well beyond that. I loved reading about her observations of mothers and children as a pediatric physician over the years that ultimately inspired her to write to us mothers. Know matter where you find yourself on the path of motherhood, you will take away something powerful from reading this book. There is a particular honesty [...]

    21. I'm probably not the intended audience for this book. Each of her 10 points are already a part of my life so the book didn't really speak to me. But I'm sure if there are women out there who aren't finding Joy in motherhood, then this book could help them pinpoint some of the reasons why and it could help them fix it. There was one section in particular that I remember liking. It was the one on simplifying. It made me feel better about the fact that I don't have my kids in 1,000 different activi [...]

    22. My check out on Hoopla expired before I could finish this book. I may go back another month and attempt to finish it. Not sure. It just felt foreign to me. She talks a lot about how important it is to have close friends but didn't (yet?) offer how to find them if you don't have them. So far what I gathered from her book was you need god, 2 or 3 close friends, andat's it. I may go back to finish just to see if she follows through with advice in those areas. For anyone who is secular or not christ [...]

    23. I really wanted to enjoy this book because I had read Dr. Meeker's "Strong Mothers, Strong Sons" and got a lot out of that one being a mother of two boys. But this one just didn't do it for me. I found myself daydreaming and glossing over whole sections due to boredom. While some of the "feel good" stories she shared were interesting, I hated how she would throw in God here or there rather than make valid, credible points about why a mother should even believe in God. She should have wrote it as [...]

    24. I skipped large chunks because the anecdotes got a little old. There were a few ideas that resonated with me, but I wouldn't recommend reading the entire book. There is a tool kit at the end of the books that summarizes the ideas and activities that Meeker recommends. I wish I would have seen that first because I would have just read through that.

    25. Some useful ideas but this was basically an opinion piece-- I expected some more legitimate research to be included since the author is an MD.

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