I personally loathe 99% of "mothering titles" because of the silly positions they push: stay at home vs. working, disposable vs. cloth, or bottle vs. breast. The arguments that so impassion so many authors are just plain annoying to most of us without the leisure of analyzing every move for future reference.
She explains what "creative control" is to the stressed mom: "knowing when to micromanage, when to let go, and tricky ways to appear to let go while continuing to micromanage." Her experience indicates "I have learned to give up those things without feeling like I am an absolute failure as a parent, a woman, and a human being." Thanks to Karen Ukraine from Hatchette for the Advanced Review Copy.
The second title is Mom-Over by Dana Wood, the "New Mom's Guide to Getting it Back Together". Wood addresses the struggles new mothers face with time and how putting the kids first often leaves moms unravelled and cranky. Actually, not often. Always. So the thinking is that if a mom feels great, the whole family will benefit. A great idea, really. Except that in some ways, it puts additional pressure on new moms already overwhelmed! The "nudge" it tries to give feels a bit forced at times. Many of the suggestions are cloaked in "getting it together", which assumes the mom reading it doesn't have it together at all.
I'm not against any of the advice, it's all great and sensible and would be beneficial to implement. But as a mom, I really feel that a bit of a pat on the back with a 'you'll do just fine' can also be helpful. "Ditch the sweatpants" is a great idea, but does a new mom really need to consider breast implants at any time in the first few years? Some of it is just a bit over the top.
I think this would be a great gift for a new mom, as long as they understand that the suggestions are idealized in most ways and that no one expects them to be that 'together'. That enjoying their baby is the first priority and worrying about saggy skin can come later!
Thanks to Adams Media for the Advanced Review Copy.