Breaking the Good Mom Myth: review

“Every Modern Mom’s Guide to Getting Past Perfection, Regaining Sanity, and Raising Great Kids”

At first, looking through the parenting section at the library ended in boring results. I was getting worried that parenting education was reserved for anyone but me and I could no longer provide you misfits with more book reviews.

Breaking the Good Mom Myth caught my eye. As you can see, it has a snazzy cover, and the words inside the book are just as snazzy – score!

Alyson Schafer is a psychotherapist and host of The Parenting Show, so she has the credentials. Her writing style is easy reading full of humour and intelligence.

This book addresses the stress put on mothers to no only be the perfect mom but perfect woman. The woman who can have the perfect career, plan the perfect meals, create the perfect science fair project, have the perfect attitude, perfect body, be the perfect housewife … perfect perfect PERFECT!

It’s pretty fucking stressful to be perfect. It’s even stressful to read the list of things that require such perfection. Thank Bowie the issue has been addressed. Thank Bowie that this book suggests that, maybe, we don’t need to be perfect. That perfection is unhealthy thus cancelling out said perfection. And I thought I sucked at math :p

You don’t need to agree with everything but it is nice to have 200 pages that let you know you’re not alone.

Chapters discuss the importance of self care, marriage, “My Children Are a Reflection of Me”, control, sibling conflict, education, how even being “fun” can be stressful and nurturing.

This is Schafer’s first book, she is also the author of Honey, I Wrecked the Kids and Ain’t Misbehavin’: Tactics for Tantrums, Meltdowns, Bedtime Blues and Other Perfectly Normal Kid Behaviors.

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