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The 7 Stages of Motherhood: Making the Most of Your Life as a Mom [Gekürzte Ausgabe, Audiobook] [Englisch] [Hörkassette]

Ann Pleshette Murphy


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7. September 2004
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 how to manage at each stage, from the roller-coaster ride of early childhood through the ambiguities of adolescence and the tumult of the teen years. The 7 Stages of Motherhood is an exuberant, joyful, not-to-be-missed journey, full of life-changing insights and affirming wisdom and support: a buoyant contribution to the literature of maternity and self-discovery.


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“Ann Pleshette Murphy is one of my heroes.”
–T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.

“No one is in a better position to support and inform parents than Ann Pleshette Murphy, whom every parent can look to with extreme confidence because her years of personal experience as a mother, unlimited access to experts and perhaps most important, the special warmth and honesty with which she approaches the joys and challenges of parenthood. As the extraordinarily successful and highly respected editor-in-chief of Parents for more than ten years, she has been able to bring a unique perspective to supporting, advising, and best of all understanding child-rearing issues–always going beyond the obvious and reaching out with depth and empathy. Any parent who reads this book will gain insight and increased confidence.”
–Nancy Samalin, director of Parent Guidance Workshops, NYC & bestselling parenting author whose newest book is Loving Without Spoiling & 100 Other Timeless Tips for Raising Terrific Kids


“Ann Pleshette Murphy is every Mom’s–and Dad’s–best friend. She has captured the complexities, joys, and sorrows of parenting and presented them in ways that help us manage the usual and unusual crises of caring for children in the midst of a busy life. She is like a good parent to her readers: she lends a helping hand, she is a supportive voice in your ear, but her greatest joy is seeing you go off on your own, confident and competent.”
–Samuel J. Meisels, President, Erikson Institute, author of Winning Ways to Learn

“Ann Pleshette Murphy knows what to expect after you’re expecting. Her stories and insights about mothering do more than teach the facts of children’s development. This is a book about adult development–about how running the emotional gauntlet of parenting changes us forever.”
–Justin Richardson, M.D., co-author of Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid They’d Ask)

“Heartwarming, witty, and wise . . . Let Ann Pleshette Murphy be your guide on this charming tour through motherhood.”
–Harvey Karp, M.D., author of The Happiest Baby on the Block

“Annie Murphy has told us rare and liberating truths about parenting. A skilled journalist, she is incredibly observant of herself and her children without being self-serving or narcissistic in the rendering. Her respect for her kids, and ours, sets a standard for parenting books.”
–Kyle Pruett, M.D., author of Fatherneed: Why Father Care is as Essential as Mother Care for Your Child

The 7 Stages of Motherhood comes straight from the heart. Annie Murphy creates a personal connection with each reader, sharing her own struggles and exhilarations, her down to earth wisdom and her breadth of knowledge about what is often one of the most important of life’s journeys–motherhood. Filled with heartwarming as well as heart wrenching stories, supported by the most modern research and practical parenting tips, the author reaches out her hand in friendship to the reader and helps her through the myriad stages of emotional development motherhood creates. It’s a must read for any mother, any woman contemplating motherhood–and for those who love them!
–William Pollack, author of Real Boys, Real Boys’ Voices, and Real Boys Workbook


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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Ann Pleshette Murphy joined Good Morning America as parenting expert in 1998. Since then, more than two hundred “American Family” segments have aired. In 2002, two of her segments received a media award from the National Council on Family Relations, and a segment on teen drivers received an award from MADD in 2003. She was for ten years the editor in chief of Parents magazine. Her bimonthly column, “Mom Know-How,” currently appears in Family Circle. She resides in New York City with her husband and two children. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .

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5.0 von 5 Sternen The 7 Stages of Motherhood 25. September 2004
Von L. Steward - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
I greatly enjoyed this book! As a mother of two "tween" girls (stage 6), the chapters in the book about the early years brought back memories of that time with my girls, while the later chapters gave insight and encouragement to parenting them at their current ages and beyond. While some parenting books can be quite dull, this book makes you feel like you're having a conversation with a friend and discussing your mistakes and solutions. The author is not shy about sharing her own mistakes and trials during parenting her two children. She also has many references to parenting publications and suggestions for how to handle trying times.

The author is a former editor-in-chief of Parents magazine, of which I was a subscriber during that time. I remember reading about and seeing photos of her children in the magazine and was surprised to read they are now ages 18 and 14. Wow! Time does march on!

The ultimate message of this book is to enjoy each and every bit of motherhood, good and bad, because you will soon be wondering where the years went.

Enjoy!
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Extremely Negative, Downright Depressing 10. Februar 2005
Von Kelly - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
I got this book because a friend of mine recommended it. I had positive expectations, but was very dissappointed. The author is EXTREMELY negative about motherhood. When she discusses the various stages of motherhood she really goes on and on about the negatives [and of course there are plenty of those] but she rarely if ever mentions the positive things about motherhood that make it SO worth it.

Her chapter on pregnancy and birth were just depressing - not ALL women experience pregnancy as an unwanted, horrible thing. Not ALL happily married women's first thought upon finding out they are pregnant is that they should have an abortion! Not ALL women feel big, fat, ugly, and completely not sexy during pregnancy. [OK, all of us may feel that way now and then, but many women have a basically very positive experience of pregnancy and birth]. And my word, her section on childbirth was alarmist at best - hysterical is more like it. She likens mothers who have unmedicated childbirth to "barbary macaque monkeys" and sees nothing positive, good, or beneficial coming from childbirth [with or without drugs]. Forget about the "rite of passage", the great reward at the end, and all that good stuff - according to Murphy, its a losing proposition all the way around.

Her chapter on the post partum time period would make a pregnant mom want to slit her wrists - she makes it sound like all mothers hate and resent their babies and spend the whole post partum period neck deep in post partum depression. While post partum depression IS a very serious issue and one that needs to be compassionately handled by all involved, this picture she paints of post partum life is just plain bleak - all the sorrows are categorized at great length and none of the joys are mentioned at all. Very sad and totally unbalanced.

Her section on breastfeeding was especially terrible. Did you know that breastfeeding is awful, painful, and really, really hard? Apparently so. I'm pregnant with my fourth, and breastfed my first three and I really didn't realize this at all. Wow. Needless to say, if you plan to breastfeed, just skip her horror stories.

I finally put the book down without finishing it. A complete waste of money. I couldn't stand the negativism and I really wondered why on earth this woman had children to start with? And WHO thought it was a good idea for her to edit Parents magazine? My children are not parasitic, life destroying organisms that I have to manage so that I can find more ME time - they are amazing, loving, vital, excellent little people. They make my life a true joy [and sometimes a real sorrow, but that's the rollercoaster of motherhood]. They are the best thing that ever happend to me, and I feel sad that apparently not all mothers feel that way.

So, be warned. If you enjoy motherhood for the most part, like your kids on most days, or find anything positive at all in being a mother, this book is likely to just depress you.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very realistic and refreshing! 4. August 2005
Von Cindy England - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
I loved the author's honesty and realistic viewpoints of motherhood! How refreshing to read something which makes me feel like I'm not alone in my struggles with breastfeeding, going back to work, etc. The myriad anecdotes were wonderful in helping me understand that there are many, many women out there who feel the joys AND challenges associated with motherhood. Having recently read several books regarding discipline, potty training, sleeping, it was nice to read a book written by someone who actually didn't overwhelm me with their "preachiness" toward what mothers should and shouldn't be doing to raise the "perfect" child. Loved it!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good, but not what I expected 15. März 2006
Von BooksArePortableMagic - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I thought this book would be mostly about me! Instead, I had to wade through stories and advice about child rearing to get to the few parts that were actually about the mother. It seemed more like this was the 7 Seven Stages of Child Development. If I wanted to read books about how to deal with my child at each age, I would've gotten a different book. All of this is helpful but it just wasn't what I thought the book would be about.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen i laughed, i cried 16. Januar 2005
Von J. schaffernoth - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
i originally checked this book out from my local library when my son was 5 months old and halfway through, i knew that this was a book i needed to have on hand. the authors candid accounts of the different faces of parenthood (miscarriage, first baby, second baby) were refreshingly realistic. this is not a how-to book, Murphy never claims to be a parenting expert (i believe the two words together are an oxymoron) but this book definitely deserves a place on your bookshelf. Its easy enjoyable reading.
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