The 7 Stages of Motherhood: Loving Your Life Without Losing Your Mind
Motherhood is the defining event in a woman's life, a seismic transformation, and a continuous one: The mother your infant knew is not the same ten months, let along ten years, later, and child number three experiences a different mum to the one his older siblings knew.
Each stage of motherhood has its own challenges and opportunities and the experience of raising our children forces us to hone muscles we never knew we had; to question our choices and goals; to reshape our relationships with family, friends, our spouses; and, most important, to rethink who we are and where we’re going.
Drawing on my years as a psychologist, parenting educator, and the parent of two children, as well as hundreds of interviews in the UK and US, I offer advice and practical tips on how to manage each stage of motherhood, from the roller-coaster ride of our children’s early years through the tumult of the teen years.
The Secret of Play
Parents know and experts agree that playtime enables children to develop an understanding of who they are, make exciting discoveries about the world, build their vocabularies and math skills, strengthen relationships, and experience the healing power of a shared laugh.
Unfortunately, we live in a world that too often is over-scheduled and increasingly wired, which can confound our best efforts to make unstructured play a priority.
This book highlights the key developmental milestones that affect the way our children play and describes the kind of play that best enhances their development.