The Mother's Guide to the Meaning of Life: What Being a Mom Has Taught Me about Resiliency, Guilt, Acceptance, and Love

The Mother's Guide to the Meaning of Life: What Being a Mom Has Taught Me about Resiliency, Guilt, Acceptance, and Love

by Amy Krouse Rosenthal


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Bestselling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s warm and hilarious guide to motherhood "Mother" may be the most underappreciated job title of all time, as any woman who has raised children can confirm. Amy Krouse Rosenthal, proud mother of three, can certainly attest to that fact, which is why she has chosen to compile a "scrapbook" of the kinds of things any disheartened or overwhelmed mother needs to hear. She provides encouragement for women who want to start families but are afraid to, and support for women who already have families and sometimes wish they'd never started. With Rosenthal’s signature humor mixed with plenty of wisdom and a good dose of reassurance, she reminds moms that it’s ok if their kids don’t like them all the time, that every mom fantasizes about running away, and that moms should take joy in the things they can do better than their kids can—important things, like drawing a piece of toast. Moms will laugh out loud at Rosenthal’s descriptions of chaotic, exhausting, hilarious scenes all moms know too well, and ultimately feel the warmth, joy, and purpose that makes mothering the rewarding job it is. The handy format makes this book perfect for picking up between warming bottle fluid, doing laundry, and putting away toys. Rosenthal’s advice will ring true to mothers (and mothers-to-be) of all ages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510731035
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Pages: 136
Sales rank: 831,332
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Amy Krouse Rosenthal (1965-was a mother of three and the author of many award-winning books for children and adults, including I Wish You More and Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life. She was a contributor to the TED conference and NPR. She passed away in March, 2017.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Cast of Characters xiii

Introduction: Go Putting an End to Not Starting 1

Insight: Words That Move a Mother 8

Lesson 1 Such a Nice Chapter: On Displeasing Some of the People Some of the Time 12

Insight: The Essential Traits of a Mother 17

Lesson 2 Running Away: Are You Still a Good Mother if You Fantasize about Bailing for a Few Hours … Or Years? 23

Insight: A Mother's Essential Reading 29

Lesson 3 Learning to Walk: After 35 Years, I'm Learning How 32

Mother Wit What If We Could Age Nonsequentially? A Cameo Wendy Abrams 37

Lesson 4 (Mom)E-Mail: A Friend in Need Is a Friend Online 39

Insight: A Mother's Heroes 50

Lesson 5 Magic Wand: Trading In the Old You 52

Mother Wit: A Mother's Hidden Talents 60

Lesson 6 Ruts, Frogs, and Jellybeans: On Getting Unstuck 61

Mother Wit: A Rhyming Summary of the Universe 70

Lesson 7 Snapshots from My Guilt Trip: No Matter What You Forget to Pack, It All Works Out in the End 75

Mother Wit: Waiting in Line for My Teenagers: A Cameo by Barb Cooke 83

Lesson 8 Life Sentence: A Stream of the Unconscionable 91

Insight: The Music of Motherhood 96

Lesson 9 6:30 P.M., Central Standard Time: How Changing Our Dinner Plans Changed Our Lives 99

Mother Wit The Cherry Falls from the Tree: A Cameo Daniel Spatucci 105

Lesson 10 Scotch Tape on the Ukulele: Welcome to Self-importance 108

Mother Wit: Lollipop Tree 115

Lesson 11 Touch the Sock: Knocking on Wood and Other Prayers 116

Grocery List 123

Punchlist for Contractor 124

Questions for Parent/Teacher Conference 125

Phone Messages 126

Corrections 128

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