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The Mother Dance
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From the celebrated author of The Dance of Anger comes an extraordinary book about mothering and how it transforms us -- and all our relationships -- inside and out. Written from her dual perspective as a psychologist and a mother, Lerner brings us deeply personal tales that run the gamut from the hilarious to the heart-wrenching. From birth or adoption to the empty nest, The Mother Dance teaches the basic lessons of motherhood: that we are not in control of what happens to our children, that most of what we worry about doesn't happen, and that our children will love us with all our imperfections if we can do the same for them. Here is a gloriously witty and moving book about what it means to dance the mother dance.
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Lerner reads her own work on motherhood with mixed success. She may characterize motherhood as a dance, but what she describes is more of a rollercoaster ride. She shows parenting as a challenging, confusing, and, at times, exhilarating emotional mix of worry, guilt, and joy. As might be expected, she begins with the experience of pregnancy and ends with the empty-nest syndrome. Throughout, she illustrates her points with stories from bringing up her own two boys. She borrows from friends and others to show the unique relationships between mothers and daughters. Hers is not so much a guide for mothers-to-be as it is splendid reassurance for women in the thick of it. The only weakness is Lerner's measured reading pace. It is too slow and seems stilted‘a marked contrast to the lively subject matter.‘Jeanne Leader, Everett Community Coll. Lib., WA

"Each chapter is worth the price of admission"Gloria Steimen"One of the wisest ans most honest books on parenting I have read."Thomas Moore, author of "Care of The Soul" This book shows us the way. --Mary Pipher, Ph.D What a gift true, touching, practical, spiritual, sanity-saving, and I laughed out loud with recognition, surprise and gratitude. --Anne Lamott Each chapter in The Mother Dance is worth the price of admission. --Gloria Steimen One of the wisest ans most honest books on parenting I have read. --Thomas Moore, author of Care of The Soul "This book shows us the way."--Mary Pipher, Ph.D "What a gift...true, touching, practical, spiritual, sanity-saving, and I laughed out loud with recognition, surprise and gratitude."--Anne Lamott "One of the wisest ans most honest books on parenting I have read."--Thomas Moore, author of Care of The Soul "Each chapter in The Mother Dance is worth the price of admission."--Gloria Steimen What a gift. . . . True, touching, practical, spiritual, sanity-saving, and I laughed out loud with recognition, surprise and gratitude. --Anne Lamott" Lerner writes with charm, precision, and at times almost unbearable honesty. This book shows us the way. --Mary Pipher, Ph.D" Harriet Lerner pioneers on behalf of women s whole humanity. Each chapter in "The Mother Dance" is worth the price of admission. --Gloria Steinem" One of the wisest and most honest books on parenting I have read. --Thomas Moore, author of "Care of the Soul"" "One of the wisest and most honest books on parenting I have read."--Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul "Harriet Lerner pioneers on behalf of women's whole humanity. Each chapter in The Mother Dance is worth the price of admission."--Gloria Steinem "Lerner writes with charm, precision, and at times almost unbearable honesty. This book shows us the way."--Mary Pipher, Ph.D "What a gift. . . . True, touching, practical, spiritual, sanity-saving, and I laughed out loud with recognition, surprise and gratitude."--Anne Lamott

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