Giveaway: Bad Mother by Ayelet Waldman

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Bad Mother, Ayelet Waldman, giveawayI gotta love a mother who speaks her truth, and Ayelet Waldman does that and more in her new book Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamaties, and Occasional Moments of Grace.

And right now, we're giving away a five copies of Bad Mother to five lucky winners.

To enter to win, answer me this...

From the park bench to the play group, mothers often judge other mothers for their parenting choices. How can we change that to be more supportive to one another?

In Bad Mother, Ayelet Waldman takes on the mommy wars, parental expectations, breastfeeding, moms judging other moms, traditional gender roles, homework, promiscuous teens, and more. And in each essay, Ayelet says everything many moms are afraid to say (and much more), and she does it while revealing her own worries, anxieties, and shortcomings in the continuous struggle to find some sort of peace and acceptance in motherhood.

In the end, you'll find an honest approach to parenting and a lot of reprieve. Nothing better than a fellow mom's maternal confessions and life lessons to give us permission to relax our unrealistic expectations of our kids, our fellow mothers, and, most of all, ourselves.

Answer the question above, and you're entered to win a copy of the book.

Here are the giveaway rules...

Five lucky moms who reply to this post with a comment by 11:59pm (EST) on Thursday, June 18, 2009, will be chosen at random to receive a copy of Ayelet Waldman's book Bad Mother (valued at $24.95 each).*

Only your first comment counts as an entry.

*No Purchase Necessary. Starts Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at 7am EST and ends Thursday, June 18, 2009, at 11:59pm EST. Open to U.S. residents, 16 years and older, who are CafeMom members. Void where prohibited. Click here for Official Rules.

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jagrus jagrus

I am so proud of the MOM's on Cafe MOM. They are supportive. anytime i have any questions they share their stories. Whether it is feeding, bedtime, being sick, or play there is always someone there to help me resolve my problems.

Lokis... LokisMama

The only thing that could make everything a lot simpler would be if everyone would just accept the fact that we all have differing opinions and it's never going to change.  And anyway, if we all had the same opinion, there would never be any debates, and I for one enjoy a good debate!  I've always gotten good support from the Mom's on Cafemom when I asked a question or needed advice on something!

Peajewel Peajewel

Everyone just needs to realize that we all have our own style of parenting and just because mine is different from yours does not make it right.  We are all in this together.  If your opinion is asked you need to state it and move on.

mmmom... mmmommy0207

There's only like, 50 million different ways to parent a child. Sometimes it's harder to find a mom that does it LIKE you as opposed to a mom that doesn't. Any way you look at it, there's plenty of moms that are going to try and help!

Death... Deathlilly

If people would accept that there are more ways to do things than their way and that what may seem "unsafe" and like "neglect" to one person is perfectly fine for another.


In some ways people should stop judging, but then again most people base what they do on what is socially acceptable and a lot of times that stops people from doing bad things. For example, if people weren't taught by other people that smacking is wrong then they might get the impulse to smack their kid when he/she does something wrong. On the other side, a lot of people overly judge others to the point of ridiculousness. This causes people to become shy, panicky, and to question their own parental judgement.


Ok I'll stop my rant because this can go on forever, lol.

ethan... ethans_momma06

How can we stop the judging?


By talking to each other, of course!


Instead of learning at the mother who is bottlefeeding her kid at the park, go over and strike up a convo! You might be surprised to learn that A) she pumped B) she had a mastectomy or C) that she was one of the 1-3% of women that CAN'T BF.


Understanding where people are coming from often let's us see their choices (particularly parenting) in an entirely different light, usually a more positive one. Sometimes, of course people are going to make choices that we just don't agree with, but we need to understand that -They aren't you! They aren't raising your child! A deep breath in and a swift change of conversation.


 

Angie... Angiebooboo

when it comes to kids and parenting , dont have any hang ups there is no right or wrong way to raise children, and dont judge parents on what the kids do because all our kids do it.

Ashley53 Ashley53

Moms need to realize that not everyone parents the same way,  instead of judging the mom we need to accept that we all have the right to parent our own way.

ShyCt... ShyCtryMom

 I think we just all need to realize that we are all different, we have different needs and experiences, that influence our day to day lives. How boring would the world be if we all did things the same? Even in my household, we work at not having "cookie-cutter" rules, that all the kids are different and have different ways of suceeding, learning and growing.

MadsM... MadsMom04

I  think it just boils down to the fact that every mom is different. We all choose to parent different, by what is best for OUR family. At the end of the day, if our children are happy and healthy, what does it really matter?

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