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Good-Enough Mother : The Perfectly Imperfect Book of Parenting - Rene Syler

Good-Enough Mother

The Perfectly Imperfect Book of Parenting

By: Rene Syler, Karen Moline (As told to)

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Published: 1st April 2008
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For every woman who's passed off store-bought cakes as her own at the school bake sale comes an honest look at motherhood.

In an ideal world, mothers would have time to hand-sew their kids' costumes for the school play, prepare all-organic meals, and volunteer in the classroom at the drop of a hat. In reality, most moms have to settle for plopping their little ones in front of SpongeBob so that they can prepare yet another chicken nugget-based dinner, guiltily convinced they're falling down on the job.

In Good-Enough Mother, René Syler shares how she learned to chuck perfection for practicality. She shows other women seeking to balance family, work, and some semblance of a personal life how to happily join the ranks of good-enough mothers who occasionally serve breakfast for dinner yet give their children plenty of what really matters -- love, time, and support.

Whether it's dealing with annoying Super-Moms, bluffing through a third grader's math homework, or coping with the words that strike terror into every parent's heart ("Your son's teacher on line one"), the welcome empathy and sage advice of Good-Enough Mother will have every modern mom laughing in relief and recognition.

Introduction: Welcome to My Worldp. 1
Casey and Cole: The Rose and the Thornp. 9
In the Buffp. 17
I Don't Carep. 28
That'll Get You Ten to Twenty: Crimes and Punishmentsp. 33
Pinocchio's Palsp. 44
High-Def Is My Lifep. 50
Please, May I Be Excused?p. 56
Chicken Nuggets Are a Food Groupp. 67
All Roads Lead to Mathp. 77
You're Not the Boss of Me!p. 90
No Sick Days for Mommyp. 104
But Can She Juggle? Hell, Yes!p. 113
Home Is Where the Heart Isp. 125
Breaking the (Piggy) Bankp. 132
Tough Enoughp. 139
Of Super-Moms and Halloweeniesp. 150
Another Note from Mrs. Henryp. 163
Flunking Out of PTAp. 172
Playdates, or We Don't Rip Eyes off Teddy Bears at Our Housep. 181
Mommy Needs a Playdatep. 189
Mothering My Motherp. 194
The Boys vs. Girls Clothing Smackdownp. 207
The Birds and the Beesp. 217
Affluenza Seasonp. 225
Never Put Unleaded Gas in a Diesel Carp. 232
Pray for Forgivenessp. 236
The Untimely Demise of Night-Nite Bearp. 239
When Mom's Away, the Cat Will Playp. 244
Every Day Is Mother's Dayp. 250
Double Whammy, or How to Lose Your Breasts and Your Job in Five Short Weeksp. 257
Epilogue: Pajama Timep. 270
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781416955290
ISBN-10: 1416955291
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 294
Published: 1st April 2008
Publisher: GALLERY
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 12.7  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.24