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Mother Zen : How a self-confessed career girl fell in love with motherhood and how that changed everything - Jacinta Tynan

Mother Zen

How a self-confessed career girl fell in love with motherhood and how that changed everything

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In 2010 Jacinta Tynan innocently sparked a media storm when her article in the Sun Herald exposed a fault line in our perception of motherhood. Her premise — that motherhood could be easy — split the parenting community down the middle. Many agreed with Jacinta while others argued that motherhood was arduous and thankless, all were equally passionate in their beliefs.

Four years later, now with two small children, Jacinta takes us on a fascinating journey through her own experiences of motherhood — from being so sick with her first pregnancy that she was throwing up in between her on-air segments, to her doubts about her ability to cope — and shows us her struggle to parent ‘consciously’, using meditation and attempting mindfulness to help her find her path.

While on this journey, Jacinta gives us a compelling analysis of the ideas and philosophies that surround contemporary parenting, as she also tries to understand why her comments caused such a storm. She asks other parents, health practitioners and childcare experts some key questions, such as:

  • Why do we feel so strongly about sleep, breastfeeding and discipline for our children?
  • Why do some parents find parenting easy and others a terrible trial?
  • And why are mothers made to feel so guilty, all the time?
Part memoir about her experiences as a new mum, part passionate manifesto, Mother Zen questions whether society’s default position — that parenting is a tough and unrewarding job — is a valid one and opens up an important debate that goes to heart of our identity. What kind of values are we passing on to our children? And are we teaching them, or are they teaching us?

About the Author

Jacinta is a well-known news presenter, author and columnist. She regularly writes opinion pieces for national newspapers and frequently appears as a guest commentator on a number of television networks across the country. She is also the author of Good Man Hunting, and edited the anthology Some Girls Do: My Life as a Teenager with royalties donated to SISTER2Sister, a mentor program for teenage girls for whom Jacinta is patron. Tynan lives in Sydney with her partner and two young sons.

ISBN: 9781743692387
ISBN-10: 1743692382
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 1st May 2015
Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.7  x 3.6
Weight (kg): 0.63