The Mother Dance: How Children Change Your Life (Paperback)

How Children Change Your Life

By Harriet Lerner

Harper Perennial, 9780060930257, 336pp.

Publication Date: April 7, 1999



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.

Praise For The Mother Dance: How Children Change Your Life

“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