The Myth of the Perfect Mother

The Myth of the Perfect Mother explodes today's popular "good mother/bad mother" myth and helps the reader both rethink the cultural roles of motherhood and understand the deeper issues that underlie the experience of child rearing.


Author: Jane Swigart

Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Contemporary

ISBN: 0809229382

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 260

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The Myth of the Perfect Mother explodes today's popular "good mother/bad mother" myth and helps the reader both rethink the cultural roles of motherhood and understand the deeper issues that underlie the experience of child rearing. Dr. Swigart's discussions of what it means to nurture include the complexities of parental guilt, maternal clinging, and maintaining one's individuality. She is honest -- sometimes painfully so -- but provides the strength for every mother to revel in her unique, ever-changing role.

The Perfect Mother

Shecould feel itinher throat, taste it inher mouth, but she spokesoftly, withall the self control she couldmuster. ... us to be 'perfect' so you could see yourself as the perfect mother, inorder tojustify your own sacrifices and make up ...


Author: Nina Darnton

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101609385

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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"In this fictionalized account of the Amanda Knox case, journalist Darnton asks the question any parent would dread: Is my child capable of murder?... A fast-paced thriller with the kind of emotional impact that transcends a simple whodunit."—Kirkus Reviews When an American exchange student is accused of murder, her mother will stop at nothing to save her. A midnight phone call shatters Jennifer Lewis’s carefully orchestrated life. Her daughter, Emma, who’s studying abroad in Spain, has been arrested after the brutal murder of another student. Jennifer rushes to her side, certain the arrest is a terrible mistake and determined to do whatever is necessary to bring Emma home. But as she begins to investigate the crime, she starts to wonder whether she ever really knew her daughter. The police charge Emma, and the press leaps on the story, exaggerating every sordid detail. One by one, Emma’s defense team, her father, and finally even Jennifer begin to have doubts. A novel of harrowing emotional suspense, The Perfect Mother probes the dark side of parenthood and the complicated bond between mothers and daughters.

The Perfect Mother

A gripping thriller with a nail-biting twist Aimee Molloy. Francie sets aside the baby quilt, embroidered with Amelia's name, that Winnie bought for her and takes a baby bottle from her diaper bag. ... No more perfect mother.


Author: Aimee Molloy

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780751570328

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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***Don't miss this instant New York Times bestseller*** Soon to be a major motion picture starring Scandal's Kerry Washington. 'Wonderfully nuanced and compulsively readable' KERRY WASHINGTON 'Thrilling . . . you'll think you have all figured out - until you realise you don't' MARIE CLAIRE 'An electrifying thriller' PEOPLE, BOOK OF THE WEEK * * * We all want different things. Francie wants to be the perfect mother. Nell wants to escape the past. Collette wants to spend more time with her family. All Winnie wants is to have her baby back. When Nell suggests a night out in Brooklyn to her new mums' club, the others jump at the chance. But the evening takes a tragic turn when Winnie learns that her six-week-old son Midas has been kidnapped. As the investigation hits a dead end, Nell, Collette and Francie make it their mission to succeed where the police are failing. But as Winnie and those around her come under scrutiny from the media, damaging secrets come to light and friendships are pushed to the limit. Because people will do almost anything to protect the ones they love . . . * * * 'A true page turner!' B.A. PARIS, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE BREAKDOWN AND BEHIND CLOSED DOORS 'A fast-paced, twisty, engrossing read - I loved it!' MEGAN MIRANDA, AUTHOR OF ALL THE MISSING GIRLS

The Perfect Mother

Acclaim for Margaret Leroy's The Perfect Mother A New YorkTimes Notable Bookof theYear “It'sapremise familiarfromsome ofHitchcock'sbest movies: seemingly upright people, through no fault of their own, see their lives unravel before ...


Author: Margaret Leroy

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 9781408915035

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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What really goes on behind closed doors? Catriona has the life she’s always dreamed of: a loving husband, a delightful step-daughter and her own precious little girl, Daisy. When Daisy begins to feel poorly, Catriona seeks help and, in doing so, is forced to look to the past and her own dark and fractured childhood.

How to be the Perfect Mother in law

How to Be the Perfect Mother-in-Law copyright © 1997 by Camille Russo with Michael Shain. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without ...


Author: Camille Russo

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Pub

ISBN: 0836227220

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 162

View: 932

After a lifetime of caring, how is a mother supposed to feel when her offspring brings home the one they intend to marry? Experienced relationship counselor Camille Russo tells readers what to do to get their relationship with their in-law children on track and keep it there. Mothers-in-law will get an honest glimpse of themselves and a laugh or two in the process.

Wanted The Perfect Mom

“The perfect wife for you and the perfect mother for Riley is...Laura Norton, the new firstgrade teacher.” Mac's hand jerked, spilling coffee on the flowered comforter. Holly grabbed a tissue and blotted at the stain.


Author: T. R. McClure

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 9781488009112

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 879

His daughter deserves the best Police chief John "Mac" McAndrews is on a mission to find the perfect mother for his daughter. Someone who will stay home, welcome his child after school and bake cookies. Obviously, Holly Hoffman is not that woman. She's still as feisty, independent and headstrong as she'd been when they were teenagers. And she's just spent every last dime opening the Wildflower coffee bar. Mac would never ask her to give up her brand-new business. Still, he can't help dropping by the shop whenever he gets the chance, fanning old flames he should be dousing instead.

Mother s Day The Go to Guide to Finding the Perfect Gift

Finding The Perfect Mother's Day Gift, A Daily Connection Mother's Day comes and we are often at a loss for selecting a gift that shows we care, yet also is one of significance. Mother's Day flowers and cards are nice, but a Mother's ...


Author: Derrick Walls

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 9781365093654

Category: Family & Relationships


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Mother’s day is the day when you let your mother know how much she means to you. A nice dinner out or a family get together at home are two ways that will show mom that you care. In this ebook, you get a lot more advice and tips on how to make this once a year holiday the most special for the mom you love. Grab a copy now.

Mothers and Children

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Author: Susan E. Chase

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813528755

Category: Social Science

Page: 343

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This feminist exploration of mothers, mothering, and motherhood combines evaluations of empirical and theoretical work with personal narratives by mothers or caregivers. While the authors' analyses yield suggestions for new approaches to motherhood, the narratives vividly demonstrate the relevance of these issues to women's lives. The result is a nuanced picture of the complex realities mothers face, as well as their struggles, joys, and hopes for their children. In the book's first part, "Social Constructions of Motherhood," Chase and Rogers argue that dominant western views of motherhood have been and continue to be detrimental to most mothers and children. In the second part, "Maternal Bodies," the authors attend to the ways that American society and women themselves have regarded the physical aspects of motherhood. Mothers' bodies, the authors contend, have long been objects of cultural and political struggle. The final part, "Mothering in Everyday Life," suggests that only an understanding of the daily realities of mothering will lead to social and political changes promoting the welfare of mothers and children.

The Mother Daughter Plot

But the fantasy of the surrogate mother differs in several ways from the fantasy of the perfect mother . It is a fantasy of reciprocity ; far from being all - powerful , both ' mothers ' are engaged in struggle ; both nurture not an ...


Author: Marianne Hirsch

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253115752

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 260

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Mothers and daughters -- the female figures neglected by classic psychoanalysis and submerged in traditional narrative -- are at the center of this book. The novels of nineteenth- and twentieth-century women writers from the Western European and North American traditions reveal that the story of motherhood remains the unspeakable plot of Western culture. Focusing on the feminine and, more controversially, on the maternal, this book alters our perception of both the familial structures basic to traditional narrative -- the Oedipus story -- and the narrative structures basic to traditional representations of the family -- Freud's family romance. Confronting psychoanalytic theories of subject-formation with narrative theories, Marianne Hirsch traces the emergence and transformation of female family romance patterns from Jane Austen to Marguerite Duras.

The New Don t Blame Mother

This chapter is about the Perfect Mother myths, and the next is about the Bad Mother myths. Each myth rests near either the Angel or the Witch pole of mother-images described in chapter 1; in the daughter's eyes, the Perfect Mother ...


Author: Paula Caplan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135958954

Category: Psychology

Page: 320

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First Published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.