A practical guide speaks to the overscheduled, overstressed, and overtired moms who face the incredible pressure of ensuring that their kids keep up with today's culture of "perfection," helping them get to the heart of what's important without falling into the traps of extreme parenting. Original. 50,000 first printing.
'Perfectionism is the arch enemy of mothers everywhere. Dr. Dunnewold gives us a wise and user-friendly book that helps us to say 'Enough!' to non-productive guilty, worry, and self-doubt--and 'Yes!' to the simple ways we can learn to take better care of ourselves and our kids.' Harriet Lerner, Ph.D., author of The Dance of Anger and The Mother Dance 'A reality check for parents, loaded with sensible advice and useful mantras, this book shows how jumping off the runaway train of Perfect Parenting is not only better for you, but teaches your child valuable lessons about real people living real lives. We're doing a Perfectly Good Job, and we are not alone!' Christie Mellor , author of The Three-Martini Playdate and The Three-Martini Family Vacation "Finally, a book for mothers that does not blame or judge, but offers insight, guidance, and a healthy dose of compassion." Andrea J. Buchanan , author of Mother Shock Your Exit Strategy from the Pressure Cooker of Perfect Parenting So . . . you missed T-ball tryouts, forgot to buy allergy-free organic snacks for today's playdate, got wait-listed for the top preschool, and now you feel like the worst mother in the world . . . again. Millions of moms are drowning in the pressure cooker of modern momhood and want out of the race. The good news: Your exit strategy has arrived. If you're feeling overstressed, overtired, or overscheduled, noted psychologist Ann Dunnewold can help you rewrite the rules of motherhood by introducing a new, healthier paradigm--one that replaces the dysfunctional myth of the June Cleaver mom. Dr . Dunnewold will teach you: How to follow your gut, not guilt; rely on your values instead of unrealistic expectations To start connecting instead of competing with other moms How to stop your tendency to 'overperfect,' 'overprotect,' or 'overproduce' The 9 Dirty Secrets of Motherhood and why they're perfectly normal! Even June Cleaver Would Forget the Juice Box finally gives you the green light and the guidance to cut yourself--and your family--some much-needed slack. Imperfect parents rejoice!