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Intuitive Mothering


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Foreword; INTRODUCTION; My story; How and why this book came about; REDISCOVERING YOUR INSTINCT AND INTUITION; Instinct and intuition; The trap of society's denial; The instinctively in-tune mother; Tuning in - to our baby/toddler/growing child; How we allow ourselves to tune out of our instincts; Take it one step at a time; It's never too late; LIBERATING YOURSELF FROM CONVENTION; Pregnancy and birth - information overload; Enjoying your freedom; Releasing yourself from time constraints; Confronting and releasing fear; Confronting and releasing expectations; Avoiding inappropriate responsibility; Pigeonholing and labeling; Forgiveness; Letting your child discover life without the rush; FENDING OFF UNWANTED INFLUENCES AND PRESSURE; Social influences; Letting go of the past; Letting go of negative feelings; Motherhood and the media; Keeping up appearances; Not falling victim to materialism; Comparing yourself to the competition; MODERN TRENDS IN CHILD REARING VERSUS MOTHER'S INTUITION; Childcare; The 'control crying' debate; FACING CHALLENGES AND ADVERSITY; Asking for help; Protecting your child from turbulence; Making 'wrong' alright; Dealing with depression; Protecting your child from others; Spiritually releasing a negative attachment; Watching out for warning signs; AWAKENING THE JOY WITHIN. Keeping life simple; Awakening your inner senses; Finding your child's world; NURTURING AN ENLIGHTENED CHILD; Nature versus nurture; Instilling confidence and security; Children and the living world; Nurturing the parent in your child; Nurturing sibling relationships; TEACHING YOUR CHILD SOCIAL SKILLS; Respect; Manners matter; TEACHING TECHNIQUES FOR THE IN-TUNE MOTHER; Behaviour and co-operation; Principles for teaching co-operative behaviour; PARENTS WORKING AS PARTNERS; Partners and your instinct; Getting along; Separating; Making your partner (and you!) a priority; LETTING GO TO KEEP CONNECTED; The meaning of letting go; Separating yourself from your child.

About the Author

Lyn McPherson grew up on a small acreage just outside of Johannesburg and moved to Australia when she was eleven. From the youngest age, she wrote, keeping a detailed diary every day of her life. After spending her teenage years in Adelaide, she moved to Melbourne, backpacked around the world and landed in Sydney, where she fell in love with and married Duncan, her best friend of fourteen years. Lyn began a degree in psychology then switched to nursing, while continuing to write on the night shift. After she and Duncan had two children, Lyn wrote her first book, Intuitive Mothering (New Holland, 2006), which guides mothers to 'tune in' to their instinct and intuition, and 'tune out' the distractions that so often prevent truly joyful, connected, self- determined mothering.


"Claire Calvet: National Buyer, Dymocks and ABC Weekly Book Reviewer BOOK OF THE WEEK, ABC RADIO, April 2006: "I wish I'd had this book! It's a very enlightening, gentle, flowing, read. It's different from normal baby/child books." Dr. Suzanne (Sue) Roffey: B.Sc. (Hons) P.G.C.E, M. Sc, Special Ed. M. Sc Ed. Psych, Doc. Ed. Psy., Member of the Australian Psychological and British Psychological Societies, Registered NSW Psychologist, Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology, University of Western Sydney "Intuitive Mothering helps establish age appropriate developmental goals that maintain good relationships and self-efficacy for both mother and child." Bronwyn Gould AM: Paediatrician, President of NAPCAN Advisory Council, MB BS Dip Paed, M Psych Med, Family Practitioner "Armed with this book, mothers (and fathers) can look forward to more confident enjoyment of parenthood." Dr. Martin Forer: MB. BCH., F.R.A.C.S (Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon) "I just loved this book... it's one of those books everyone should read!" Daily Examiner 19 April 2006 "She (Lyn) empowers mothers to build confidence, reject guilt and find calm" "Intuitive Mothering is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to have the best possible experience as a mother and to give their child the best possible start in life." Dr Sue Roffey, Dept. Educational Psychology, University of Western Sydney. "Intuitive Mothering is more than another baby care book. It is a warm and friendly tool for the new parent negotiating the maze of apparently conflicting, prescriptive advise about parenting styles and approaches." Dr. Bronwyn Gould, Chair, National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect."

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