The 7 Stages of Motherhood

Loving Your Life Without Losing Your Mind

By Ann Pleshette Murphy
(Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780375706356, 272pp.)

Publication Date: April 11, 2006

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This refreshingly candid parenting book puts mothers--not children--center stage. Ann Pleshette Murphy provides a reassuring, wise, and often wildly funny mix of anecdotes and advice as she describes the seismic shifts in women's lives and identities from pregnancy through a child's graduation. She draws on countless conversations with mothers and with child development experts she has met as the parenting contributor to "Good Morning America" and as the former editor-in-chief of "Parents" magazine. The mother of two, Murphy freely shares her own trials and errors in stories that will have readers laughing in relief and recognition. Written with wit, warmth, and unfailing empathy, "The 7 Stages of Motherhood "is an exuberant and indispensable guide to making the most of motherhood.
Words of Wisdom for Every Stage of Motherhood
_ Forget the "mothering comes naturally" myth:
"And don't be afraid to ask for help
"_ Avoid keeping up with the Joneses:
Give your kids what they need, not everything they want.
_Know whenyou're in the wrong movie:
"Don't try to cast your kids in a remake of your childhood.
"_Give yourself credit for finding Lego Man's hair:
"Little acts of caring matter more to your kids than getting through your to-do list
"_ Be a mother, not Mother Teresa:
" When you neglect your own needs, you shortchange your kids

About the Author
Ann Pleshette Murphy joined Good Morning America as parenting expert in 1998. Since then, more than two hundred "American Family" segments have aired. In 2002, two of her segments received a media award from the National Council on Family Relations, and a segment on teen drivers received an award from MADD in 2003. She was for ten years the editor in chief of Parents magazine. Her bimonthly column, "Mom Know-How," currently appears in Family Circle. She resides in New York City with her husband and two children.
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