The 7 Stages of Motherhood: Making the Most of Your Life as a Mom
by Ann Pleshette Murphy
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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, and 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 surging ahead. Writing with wit, warmth, and unfailing empathy about the challenges mothers face at each stage, Murphy shows 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. The 7 Stages of Motherhood is a buoyant contribution to the literature of maternity and self-discovery.