In this new, expanded edition with more than fifty essays on the joys and heartaches of
motherhoodfrom longing for a newborn to waiting for a teen to arrive home late at
nightKathryn E. Livingston, who has written for national magazines on parenting
topics and co-authored two parenting books, explores the universal feelings and
experiences all mothers share.
The perfect gift book for new as well as seasoned moms, All About Motherhood charts
the interior journey women make when they give birth and take on the most demanding
and dynamic role of their lives. With poignancy and candor, this mother of three captures
the essence of motherhood, probing the conflicting emotions a woman feels in her heart
as she watches her babies grow up.
Treat yourself to this glorious compilation of essays about real mothering.
Michele Borba, Ed.D, author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions:
101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries
Regardless of subject, Livingston remains inquisitive, easygoing and often witty.
Kathryn E. Livingstons essays distill all that we mothers know to be true about ourselves.
Her witty, reassuring pieces are islands of calm in our hectic parenting world.
Abigail Gary, editor, mother
"Motherhood isn't a seasonal thing: it blooms all year," writes Livingston. Yet the author, mother of three boys, finds that the seasons of the year have taken on a much deeper meaning for her since she had children. "They not only mark the passing of time and the growth of our children, but they reflect our own growth as women who are mothers." These and other ruminations on parenting form the basis for this collection of 30 essays. Livingston strikes the right balance between personal and universal: though Livingston does reveal, for example, that her teenaged son listens to rap music after 10 at night, she doesn't dwell on it; rather, she uses it as a quick lead-in to an illuminating examination of the noises kids bring into a household. Other pieces offer meditations on multitasking, the funny things kids ask parents ("If I go to sleep with five fingers up will I still have five fingers up in the morning?"), a mother's fears of being separated from her child, and more. Regardless of the subject, Livingston remains inquisitive, easygoing and often witty.