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The 7 Stages of Motherhood - Loving Your Life without Losing Your Mind

Ann Pleshette Murphy

Motherhood is the ultimate transformation, a powerful and thrilling metamorphosis. Yet the vast majority of parenting books focus on the how-tos of baby and child care, not on the care or development of mothers. Ann Pleshette Murphy-the former editor of Parents magazine, current parenting contributor to Good Morning America, and herself the mother of two-looks at the emotional lives of mothers, at how we change and grow from the moment we get pregnant to the day we watch our kids graduate from high school. The 7 Stages of Motherhood urges women to reflect on the seismic shifts they undergo at each stage of their children's lives and to focus on their own evolution. Only by doing so, says Murphy, can we give children the best of ourselves. Many new moms assume that once things "get back to normal," they'll jump right back on their pre-baby path. But there's no going back, according to Murphy, and that's actually good news. Each stage of motherhood has its own challenges and opportunities. Motherhood 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. There's as much circling, sliding, falling back as there is surg-ing ahead-and Murphy provides exactly the encouragement women need to overcome obstacles and celebrate their strengths. Writing with wit, warmth, and unfailing empathy about the challenges mothers face at each stage, Murphy offers insightful advice and gentle reassurance, showing moms how to make the most of their lives as they raise their children. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with leaders in the field, a wealth of personal experience, a decade at the helm of Parents magazine, and, of course, countless conversations with other mothers, Murphy offers women invaluable advice about how to cope and how to thrive along with their children. She identifies periods of particular intensity in a mother's life and provides indispensable tips about h

Motherhood is the ultimate transformation, a powerful and thrilling metamorphosis. Yet the vast majority of parenting books focus on the how-tos of baby and child care, not on the care or development of mothers. Ann Pleshette Murphy-the former editor of Parents magazine, current parenting contributor to Good Morning America, and herself the mother of two-looks at the emotional lives of mothers, at how we change and grow from the moment we get pregnant to the day we watch our kids graduate from high school. The 7 Stages of Motherhood urges women to reflect on the seismic shifts they undergo at each stage of their children's lives and to focus on their own evolution. Only by doing so, says Murphy, can we give children the best of ourselves. Many new moms assume that once things "get back to normal," they'll jump right back on their pre-baby path. But there's no going back, according to Murphy, and that's actually good news. Each stage of motherhood has its own challenges and opportunities. Motherhood 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. There's as much circling, sliding, falling back as there is surg-ing ahead-and Murphy provides exactly the encouragement women need to overcome obstacles and celebrate their strengths. Writing with wit, warmth, and unfailing empathy about the challenges mothers face at each stage, Murphy offers insightful advice and gentle reassurance, showing moms how to make the most of their lives as they raise their children. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with leaders in the field, a wealth of personal experience, a decade at the helm of Parents magazine, and, of course, countless conversations with other mothers, Murphy offers women invaluable advice about how to cope and how to thrive along with their children. She identifies periods of particular intensity in a mother's life and provides indispensable tips about h
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Motherhood is the ultimate transformation, a powerful and thrilling metamorphosis. Yet the vast majority of parenting books focus on the how-tos of baby and child care, not on the care or development of mothers. Ann Pleshette Murphy-the former editor of Parents magazine, current parenting contributor to Good Morning America, and herself the mother of two-looks at the emotional lives of mothers, at how we change and grow from the moment we get pregnant to the day we watch our kids graduate from high school. The 7 Stages of Motherhood urges women to reflect on the seismic shifts they undergo at each stage of their children's lives and to focus on their own evolution. Only by doing so, says Murphy, can we give children the best of ourselves. Many new moms assume that once things "get back to normal," they'll jump right back on their pre-baby path. But there's no going back, according to Murphy, and that's actually good news. Each stage of motherhood has its own challenges and opportunities. Motherhood 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. There's as much circling, sliding, falling back as there is surg-ing ahead-and Murphy provides exactly the encouragement women need to overcome obstacles and celebrate their strengths. Writing with wit, warmth, and unfailing empathy about the challenges mothers face at each stage, Murphy offers insightful advice and gentle reassurance, showing moms how to make the most of their lives as they raise their children. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with leaders in the field, a wealth of personal experience, a decade at the helm of Parents magazine, and, of course, countless conversations with other mothers, Murphy offers women invaluable advice about how to cope and how to thrive along with their children. She identifies periods of particular intensity in a mother's life and provides indispensable tips about h

Language:

English

Length:

4h 59m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:30


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:10


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:28


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:03


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:56


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:18


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:18


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:03


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:58


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:42


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:19


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:47


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:37


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:08


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:32


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:33


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:10


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:00


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:51


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:15


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:56


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:41


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:19


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:37


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

02:33


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:39


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:33


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:34


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:33


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:24


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:51


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:20


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:21


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:48


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:24


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:56


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:34


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:32


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:45


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:02


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:19


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:46


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:52


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:21


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:20


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:19


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:40


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:59


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:10


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:23


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:14


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

02:49