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Mothering heights : reclaiming motherhood from the experts
Taitz, Sonia.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : William Morrow, [1992]

Physical Description:
224 pages ; 22 cm
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HQ759 .T29 1992 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Bombarded by books, opinions and expert advice, juggling job and child, no wonder today's mother feels lost. Mothering Heights takes the position that there is no such thing as the Perfect Mother, and introduces readers to the Zen and the Art of Parenting philosophy: Be, don't agonize. Taitz offers sensible advice and dispels a wide variety of myths.

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Booklist Review

This down-to-earth look at parenting may attain new heights of acerbic wisdom. Taitz, who has two children, converts her first-time prepartum concerns into funny put-downs. There is the matter of mother's health: "And have you heard about that virus that makes your child blind, deaf, and bad with numbers? No one knows how you can avoid catching it, but it certainly interferes with bonding." Sperm fractionation and LaMaze are well-hit targets, while special barbs are aimed at toy catalogs and recorded messages for the fetus. The hazards of mothering are then considered. Having survived nursing and preschool interviewing, this sophisticated New Yorker gives almost straightforward answers to universally vexing questions. She is most caustic and funny regarding `quality of life' enticements available to those with disposable income. Baby massage, French day-care centers, and teaching infants to read are smartly shafted. Complex matters have funny moments and sober advice; there are even helpful recommendations. Experienced parents will savor the pummeling given to commercial manipulation of a mother's guilt; mother's-to-be will get sound advice and an even sounder approach--keep your sense of humor. ~--Virginia Dwyer