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Book Review: Momma Zen

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Momma Zen: Walking The Crooked Path of Motherhood, by Karen Maezen Miller took me a long time to read, in part because we have had very different experiences as mothers, and in part because I knew when I was done, I would have to write this review, and I was not quite sure that I knew what to say.

Then my sister listened to my struggle and named it for me, and here it is! This book is a wonderful gift for mothers everywhere who have struggled to find patience, balance, endurance, forgiveness, perspective, time to herself, or a way to let go of resentment. It is relief for mothers who have become mothers and felt overwhelmed and uncertain that trusting their gut is always the right thing to do.

The author pours her soul out in this book to welcome the struggles of others and all of the feelings that women find difficult to share with others - unhappiness, annoyance, impatience, resentment, discontent, frustration that the life they had (as a single person or couple) is gone forever, that their body is different now, or that things do not seem to go as planned anymore.

Karen Maezen Miller identifies her own feelings and then helps identify ways to transform those emotions into constructive and satisfying parenting strategies. No one should feel alone and this books brings everyone experiencing those things into welcoming and healing arms! This is a must read for anyone wondering what the devil they were thinking when they decided to become a parent!
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About the Author

Dr. Brown is a developmental psychologist specializing in adolescent health.

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