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Within each new mother lives an ideal that like the perfect house and husband is doomed to fall short. The "good mother myth" an ideal that parents create for themselves says psychotherapist and parent coach Alyson Sch fer, is the sort of widely held misconception that ultimately sabotages people's efforts at becoming the best parents they can be. In her eye-opening accoun Within each new mother lives an ideal that like the perfect house and husband is doomed to fall short. The "good mother myth" an ideal that parents create for themselves says psychotherapist and parent coach Alyson Sch fer, is the sort of widely held misconception that ultimately sabotages people's efforts at becoming the best parents they can be. In her eye-opening account of how moms, the media, and our current culture foster this condition, Breaking the Good Mom Myth shows readers, through personal stories, anecdotes, and timely lessons, how to become a more empowered and confident person and parent. Alyson Sch fer (Toronto, ON, Canada) is a psychotherapist, parent educator, and media expert in parenting. She has been a guest on a number of Canadian television programs and has been featured in articles in Reader's Digest and Today's Parent.


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Within each new mother lives an ideal that like the perfect house and husband is doomed to fall short. The "good mother myth" an ideal that parents create for themselves says psychotherapist and parent coach Alyson Sch fer, is the sort of widely held misconception that ultimately sabotages people's efforts at becoming the best parents they can be. In her eye-opening accoun Within each new mother lives an ideal that like the perfect house and husband is doomed to fall short. The "good mother myth" an ideal that parents create for themselves says psychotherapist and parent coach Alyson Sch fer, is the sort of widely held misconception that ultimately sabotages people's efforts at becoming the best parents they can be. In her eye-opening account of how moms, the media, and our current culture foster this condition, Breaking the Good Mom Myth shows readers, through personal stories, anecdotes, and timely lessons, how to become a more empowered and confident person and parent. Alyson Sch fer (Toronto, ON, Canada) is a psychotherapist, parent educator, and media expert in parenting. She has been a guest on a number of Canadian television programs and has been featured in articles in Reader's Digest and Today's Parent.

30 review for Breaking the Good Mom Myth: Every Modern Mom's Guide to Getting Past Perfection, Regaining Sanity, and Raising Great Kids

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    This was an excellent book that I wish I had read much earlier! In fact, I would recommend giving it as a baby shower gift! This book helps dissolve all of the myths of modern motherhood that plague my generation. I was hooked by the first chapter on self-care. It also talks about not forgetting about your marriage, how to respectfully discipline, and not having to always play with your child. Lots of great topics!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    This was a great book that challenges the way we think about Motherhood and the Myths that we have come to believe makes one person a better mother than the other. Lots of simple advice with scenarios as proof and explanation. I have definitely adopted some methods of Democratic Discipline and I think that this book has really changed the way I parent the girls. This is also a book that I would consider purchasing.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    I wanted to like this. It came off as smug and overly-simplistic, instead.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alexander

    Полезни наблюдения над действията на децата и начините да заобиколим борбата за власт и изнудването. Много полезни и реалистични примери. Не засяга много теми 3-4 но са добре и подробно описани. Успокояващо е за търсещите всичко най-добро за децата си. Напомня ми на "Бабати все ... е ползвала/правила." Полезни наблюдения над действията на децата и начините да заобиколим борбата за власт и изнудването. Много полезни и реалистични примери. Не засяга много теми 3-4 но са добре и подробно описани. Успокояващо е за търсещите всичко най-добро за децата си. Напомня ми на "Бабати все ... е ползвала/правила."

  5. 4 out of 5

    Милена

    „Ако спрете и се замислите, ще се уверите, че идеите за „добрата майка“ са също толкова нелепи, колкото куклата Барби е еталон за красота.“ Винаги съм била скептично настроена към селф-хелп литературата. Не ме привличат книги, които ни учат как да бъдем по-добри, по-самоуверени, по-по-най. Не изпитвам нужда да ги чета, колкото и самоуверено да звучи това. Просто съм от типа хора „проба-грешка“, а не от онези, които се учат как стават нещата само на теория и после я се опитат да следват съветите „Ако спрете и се замислите, ще се уверите, че идеите за „добрата майка“ са също толкова нелепи, колкото куклата Барби е еталон за красота.“ Винаги съм била скептично настроена към селф-хелп литературата. Не ме привличат книги, които ни учат как да бъдем по-добри, по-самоуверени, по-по-най. Не изпитвам нужда да ги чета, колкото и самоуверено да звучи това. Просто съм от типа хора „проба-грешка“, а не от онези, които се учат как стават нещата само на теория и после я се опитат да следват съветите на практика, я не. Още по-малко посягам към книги, които са свързани с майчинството. Когато бях бременна, умишлено не си купих нито едно четиво на подобна тематика. Така смятах да бъде и занапред, докато не попаднах на Алисън Шейфър и „Край на мита за добрата майка: Как да загърбим стремежа към съвършенство, да си върнем здравия разум и да отгледаме чудесни деца“ (изд. „Colibri“). Заглавието привлече вниманието ми и започнах да чета с интерес. Може би все пак имаше какво ново да науча, колкото и упорито да отричах наум. Далеч не се имам за перфектната майка, но осъзнах, че в стремежа си да съм идеална най-вероятно допускам доста грешки. Убедена съм, че всяка майка е попадала в този капан. Именно това се надявах да разбера от експерта в отглеждането на деца Шейфър – как да избегна тези грешки. Още от ревюто- тук: http://azcheta.com/alisan-sheyfar-kra...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lee-Ann Sleegers

    I really enjoyed this book, probably because it was written by a mom and she admits she sometimes has to regroup. I've read a number of parenting books over the last four years and this is by far one of the better ones. It tackles real life situations, giving you alternatives to what current society expects. The solutions offered when reviewed carefully are good old common sense and initially leave you wondering "why didn't I think of that?" My biggest take away was that I don't need to be like I really enjoyed this book, probably because it was written by a mom and she admits she sometimes has to regroup. I've read a number of parenting books over the last four years and this is by far one of the better ones. It tackles real life situations, giving you alternatives to what current society expects. The solutions offered when reviewed carefully are good old common sense and initially leave you wondering "why didn't I think of that?" My biggest take away was that I don't need to be like every other mom on the block and really shouldn't try to be, but instead be realistic with expectations of both self and child.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bird

    This book was ok but nothing earth shattering. I've never felt competitive with other moms and or concerned that other parents didn't think I was as on top of everything as I should be, so maybe I'm not the target audience. It was a good reminder to adjust my expectations and appreciate the chaos, though. This book was ok but nothing earth shattering. I've never felt competitive with other moms and or concerned that other parents didn't think I was as on top of everything as I should be, so maybe I'm not the target audience. It was a good reminder to adjust my expectations and appreciate the chaos, though.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Lopez

    This is light-hearted read at how to avoid trying to be "the perfect mom". The author reminds the reader many times that there is no such thing! It's a quick one with lots of comical real life examples. This is light-hearted read at how to avoid trying to be "the perfect mom". The author reminds the reader many times that there is no such thing! It's a quick one with lots of comical real life examples.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Once again, AWESOME... a fair amount of re-hashing from Honey I Wrecked the Kids (or vice-versa depending on which came first) but it's such good information and advice I don't mind hearing it over and over... Once again, AWESOME... a fair amount of re-hashing from Honey I Wrecked the Kids (or vice-versa depending on which came first) but it's such good information and advice I don't mind hearing it over and over...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Watson

    Loved this book. Author is bang on with her advice about losing the part of motherhood that is less about the kids and more about our image of ourselves. Every mom should read this!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    I loved this book! I got so many great tips from it, and I plan to implement a lot of what Schafer suggested. Now if only I could get my husband to read it too so we could be on the same page.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ricka

    Very good book for the mom who believes she needs to be perfect and if her kids are even a little out of line then she isn't! Very good book for the mom who believes she needs to be perfect and if her kids are even a little out of line then she isn't!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Harmony

    Really liked the book.... I think it is a must read! Made me think a little more about the way I do things and how it influences my daughter. It helped me to not feel so overwhelmed.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Suzy

    Not as good as Honey I Wrecked the Kids, but still awesome!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Doroti

    Изненадващо полезна информация и тук-таме съвети.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Adam Wolf

    I enjoyed this, but not as much as Ain't Misbehavin'. I am not a mom, and that might be part of it. Everything after chapter 4 was gold. I enjoyed this, but not as much as Ain't Misbehavin'. I am not a mom, and that might be part of it. Everything after chapter 4 was gold.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    I thought that the theory underpinning this was really solid, but the writing was not good. Makes me want to read better books by other Adlerians.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    did finish it...but the parts I did read, were great advice. One day I will pick it back up and finish it. Very realistic view of raising kids.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ros

    A lot of the applicable parenting advice was much better formulated in her earlier books (or in Siblings Without Rivalry), and a lot of the "take time for yourself/your relationship" advice was very slim on practical and applicable tips for actually achieving that. A lot of the applicable parenting advice was much better formulated in her earlier books (or in Siblings Without Rivalry), and a lot of the "take time for yourself/your relationship" advice was very slim on practical and applicable tips for actually achieving that.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Maria Todorova

    Книгата много ми хареса и ми даде нов поглед върху доста въпроси за отглеждането на деца. Определено в даден момент ще се обърна отново към нея за опресняване.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mariana

    Проста и ясна книга. Интересни идеи.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ava Keskineva

  23. 4 out of 5

    Venelina

  24. 4 out of 5

    toni daphne jones

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda Rae Baker

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cindi

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

  28. 5 out of 5

    Heather S

  29. 4 out of 5

    Yonka Yozova

  30. 4 out of 5

    Angelee Persaud

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