All About Motherhood: "A Mom for All Seasons" and other essays

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iUniverse, Sep 21, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 140 pages
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In this new, expanded edition with more than fifty essays on the joys and heartaches of motherhood—from longing for a newborn to waiting for a teen to arrive home late at night—Kathryn E. Livingston, who has written for national magazines on parenting topics and co-authored two parenting books, explores the universal feelings and experiences all mothers share. The perfect gift book for new as well as “seasoned” moms, All About Motherhood charts the interior journey women make when they give birth and take on the most demanding and dynamic role of their lives. With poignancy and candor, this mother of three captures the essence of motherhood, probing the conflicting emotions a woman feels in her heart as she watches her babies grow up. “Treat yourself to this glorious compilation of essays about real mothering.” —Michele Borba, Ed.D, author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries “Regardless of subject, Livingston remains inquisitive, easygoing and often witty.” –Publishers Weekly “Kathryn E. Livingston’s essays distill all that we mothers know to be true about ourselves. Her witty, reassuring pieces are islands of calm in our hectic parenting world.” —Abigail Gary, editor, mother
 

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Contents

A Mom for All Seasons
1
The Sweet Noises of Youth
4
The Importance of Doing Nothing
7
Birthday Blues
10
Moms Need Play Dates Too
12
A New Life
15
Ready or Not
18
Kids and Kites
21
Just Say Om
69
Take My Advice
71
Identity Theft
73
Pay to Play
75
IM Woman
77
Time After Time
80
Home Sweet Home
83
A Summer Place
85

A Hobby a Day
23
Mother Knows Best
25
Not Just Another Job
27
Make a Wish
29
Oh for a Newborn Again
31
Twenty Questions
33
The Plain Truth
36
Look Ma
38
Friends and Mothers
40
Me    and My Shadow
43
The Facts
46
Trust Me
49
What Next?
52
Daughter    for a Day
54
A Sense of Mystery and Hope in December
56
So Long Sandbox
59
NaturalBorn Mothers
62
Waiting Up
64
Balancing Act
67
To Sleep Perchance   
87
Your Order Please?
90
Your Number One
92
Treasure the Child You Have
95
From Peas to Asparagus
98
To Be There    Or Not To Be
101
Tradition Tradition
104
In the Moment
106
The Waiting Game
108
Spoil Sports
110
But    Is It Art?
112
Motherhood 101
114
Thems Fightin Words
117
Favorite Child
119
Ode to a Toddler
121
The Wonder of it All
123
Other Womens Children
125
My Mothers Glue
127
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KATHRYN E. LIVINGSTON has been writing on parenting and child development for 19 years. She lives in Bergen County, New Jersey.

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