Is there such a thing as a perfect parent? This heart-wrenching novel tells the story of a mother asking herself just that. Her children have grown up and aren't dependant on her, and so she finds herself left alone with her thoughts - many of them fond memories, others are thoughts of regret. Had she gotten things right as a mother? Follow this woman's life - right from when she becomes pregnant - as she faces the everyday battles known only to single parents. How does one win the battle between needing to be loved and needing to love? This reflective novel is more than just a story; it's a true-to-life confession that parents across the globe can learn from and relate to.
»Meine liebste Tochter, ich hatte all die Jahre ein Geheimnis vor dir. Du bist adoptiert ...« Als Sabina und ihr Mann Ted erfahren, dass sie ein Kind erwarten, empfinden sie nichts als Glück. Doch als Sabina ihren Eltern freudestrahlend davon erzählt, reagiert ihre Mutter sehr seltsam und zurückhaltend. Sabina ist wie vor den Kopf gestoßen, doch bald wird ihr klar, dass es eine Sache gibt, die ihre Eltern bisher verschwiegen haben: Sie ist adoptiert. Sabinas heile Welt bricht von einem Moment auf den anderen über ihr zusammen. Wie kann eine Mutter ihre eigene Tochter weggeben? Sie macht sich auf, ihre leibliche Mutter zu suchen, doch was sie entdeckt, erschüttert nicht nur ihr eigenes Leben ...
This book provides the reader with detailed guidelines on how to provide an early head start for her child through the power of prayer and positive confession during pregnancy. It is every mother's responsibility to take charge of her child's destiny by taking the position of prayer and positive confession of God's word from conception. Mothers are always in touch with their unborn child throughout the pregnancy and this book enables the mother to focus on various aspects of the child life from conception until when the baby is born. Readers will learn how the confidence they place in God affects the healthy development of their precious growing baby, and how to reduce their own stress and anxiety by looking to the Creator.
Jan Dean takes us on a whirlwind tour around her mind. She stops off in the library to look at the stars, visits a garden to watch her grandma teaching the trees to sing and travels back to prehistoric times to meet a mammoth - and that's just a taster of the wonderfully varied subjects she deals with in this glorious collection.
For years, Cathy and her mother have been working out their relationship on the comic pages in such an honest, relatable, humor-filled way that thousands of mothers and daughters have written to say the comic strip is the single thing that has helped them keep speaking to each other over the years. In Confessions to My Mother, Cathy helps daughters speak to their mothers in an even more poignant way--with page after page of everything from embarrassing truths... "The last time you came to visit I spent a whole day hiding things before you got here." to belated admissions... I'm sorry for the 10 to 15 years I spent grunting at you." to personal revelations... The inside of my bathroom cabinet looks exactly as bad as the inside of your bathroom cabinet." and heartfelt sentiments.. "When I make your chicken soup, it doesn't taste like your chicken soup." "The thing I am the most sure of in my life is that you love me." "Because of you, I can't throw out a cardboard box." According to creator Cathy Guisewite, Confessions to My Mother is "all the deep, insightful, meaningful things I want to say to Mom, but never actually say because I'm too busy acting like a five-year-old when I'm with her."
I did not cry. The moment came when Heather died; I did not shed a tear. I felt numb, like I was having an out of body experience, and I was watching myself go through the motions. There were things to do; people to call, it was not the time to begin to fall apart. I had just joined an elite club of grieving mothers. This was the club no one talked about or wanted to become a member of. From that moment on my life was getting a makeover that I didn’t ask for let alone consent to allowing it to happen. It was beyond my control; I was not given a choice. This was and is my life now. I am a grieving mother for the rest of my life.
Mein Tagebuch der Küsse und Katastrophen »Hi, ich bin Callie Snow, und mein Leben ist ein bisschen desaströs im Moment. Okay, ich hab die Hauptrolle im Schulmusical bekommen. Aber ... 1. Ich bin eine Kussjungfrau (sooo peinlich). 2. Meine beste Freundin, Hannah, macht mich wahnsinnig. 3. Ich glaub, ich hab mich in Mac Brody verknallt, den beliebtesten Jungen aus der Abschlussklasse, dessen wunderschöne Freundin nicht mal Eyeliner braucht. 4. Mein Dad fragt ständig, ob bei mir alles okay ist. Meine Mom hat mir dieses Tagebuch geschenkt, deshalb schreib ich jetzt alles auf. Das ist bisher das schlimmste Jahr in meinem Leben ... oder vielleicht doch das beste?«
Amy Chua ist Juraprofessorin in Yale und zweifache Mutter. Ihre Kinder will sie zum Erfolg erziehen - mit allen Mitteln. Und gemäß den Regeln ihrer Wurzeln in China ist Erfolg nur mit härtester Arbeit zu erreichen. Sie beschließt, dass ihre Töchter als Musikerinnen Karriere machen sollen. Nun wird deren Kindheit zur Tortur. Wo eine Eins minus als schlechte Note gilt, muss Lernen anders vermittelt werden als in unserer westlichen Pädagogik. In ihrem Erlebnisbericht erzählt die Autorin fesselnd, witzig und mit kluger Offenheit von einem gnadenlosen Kampf, der ihr und ihren Töchtern alles abverlangte: ein packendes und hochkomisches Buch über Familie und Erziehung, über Leistungsdruck und über den Willen, unbedingt zu siegen.
This study takes as its point of departure an essential premise: that the widespread phenomenon of expatriation in American modernism is less a flight from the homeland than a dialectical return to it, but one which renders uncanny all tropes of familiarity and immediacy which 'fatherlands' and 'mother tongues' are traditionally seen as providing. In this framework, similarly totalising notions of cultural authenticity are seen to govern both exoticist mystification and 'nativist' obsessions with the purity of the 'mother tongue.' At the same time, cosmopolitanism, translation, and multilingualism become often eroticised tropes of violation of this model, and in consequence, simultaneously courted and abhorred, in a movement which, if crystallised in expatriate modernism, continued to make its presence felt beyond. Beginning with the late work of Henry James, this book goes on to examine at length Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein, to conclude with the uncanny regionalism of mid-century San Francisco Renaissance poet Jack Spicer, and the deterritorialised aesthetic of Spicer's peer, John Ashbery. Through an emphasis on modernism as a space of generalized interference, the practice and trope of translation emerges as central to all of the writers concerned, while the book remains in constant dialogue with key recent works on transnationalism, transatlanticism, and modernism.
A 2006 Lambda Literary finalist in the LGBT anthology category After author Harlyn Aizley gave birth to her daughter, she watched in unanticipated horror as her partner scooped up the baby and said, "I'm your new mommy!" While they both had worked to find the perfect sperm donor, Aizley had spent nine months carrying the baby and hours in labor, so how could her partner claim to be their child's mommy? Many diapers later, Aizley began to appreciate the complexity of her partner's new role as the other mother. Together, they searched for stories about families like their own, in which a woman has chosen to forgo her own birth experience so that she might support her partner in hers. They found very few. Now, in Confessions of the Other Mother, Aizley has put together an exciting collection of personal stories by women like her partner who are creating new parenting roles, redefining motherhood, and reshaping our view of two-parent families. Contributors include Hillary Goodridge, who was one of the lead plaintiffs in the case for same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, stand-up comedian Judy Gold, and psychologist and author Suzanne M. Johnson. This candid peek into a previously unexamined side of lesbian parenting is full of stories that are sometimes humorous, sometimes moving, but at all times celebratory. Each parenting tale sheds light on the many facets of motherhood, offering gay and straight readers alike a deeper understanding of what it means to love and parent in the twenty-first century. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Thomas De Quincey: Bekenntnisse eines englischen Opiumessers Confessions of an English Opium-Eater. Erstdruck: 1821 in zwei Teilen im »London Magazine«, 1822 in Buchform. Hier in der Übersetzung von Leopold Heinemann, Berlin, Weltgeist-Bücher Verl.-Ges., 1927. Neuausgabe. Herausgegeben von Karl-Maria Guth. Berlin 2017. Umschlaggestaltung von Thomas Schultz-Overhage unter Verwendung des Bildes: Sir John Watson-Gordon, Porträt des Thomas De Quincey, undatiert.. Gesetzt aus der Minion Pro, 11 pt.
Candid Confessions of Mothers Living in the Real World
Author: Therese J. Borchard
Publisher: Broadway Books
Category: Family & Relationships
The supermom is a suburban legend. At some point, we’ve all forgotten to pack a lunch, yelled at our kids, or been late to soccer practice. This book is for every mom who has ever gotten angry at being interrupted from a consecutive five hours of sleep, or who has ever hid in the bathroom just to get a few moments of peace. In this collection of thirty-six original essays, award-winning novelists, famous columnists, and bestselling authors tell it like it is, covering a plethora of confessions to reassure any mother. Gail Belsky writes about the emotional torture that led to the secret circumcision of her son. Andrea Buchanan talks about the pile of dirty laundry that saved her son's life. Muffy Mead-Ferro confesses to her slacker summer, three months without one organized activity. Judith Newman recounts the game of Torpedo that landed her and her twins in the emergency room. Jacquelyn Mitchard shares how she was expelled from the carpool for showing up late one too many times. Together, their stories provide an entertaining, affirming, and sometimes surprising look at the perils and pleasures of motherhood. Poignant and amusing, The Imperfect Mom is a refreshing look at mistakes we all make in mothering and a consoling and hilarious testimony to parents who don't have it all figured it out. From the Trade Paperback edition.
An Honest and Irreverent Look at Motherhood: The Good, The Bad, and the Scary
Author: Jill Smokler
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Family & Relationships
Sometimes I just let my children fall asleep in front of the TV. In a culture that idealizes motherhood, it’s scary to confess that, in your house, being a mother is beautiful and dirty and joyful and frustrating all at once. Admitting that it’s not easy doesn’t make you a bad mom; at least, it shouldn’t. If I can’t survive my daughter as a toddler, how the hell am I going to get through the teenage years? When Jill Smokler was first home with her small children, she thought her blog would be something to keep friends and family updated. To her surprise, she hit a chord in the hearts of mothers everywhere. I end up doing my son’s homework. It’s wrong, but so much easier. Total strangers were contributing their views on that strange reality called motherhood. As other women shared their stories, Jill realized she wasn’t alone in her feelings of exhaustion and imperfection. My eighteen month old still can’t say “Mommy” but used the word “shit” in perfect context. But she sensed her readers were still holding back, so decided to start an anonymous confessional, a place where real moms could leave their most honest thoughts without fearing condemnation. I pretend to be happy but I cry every night in the shower. The reactions were amazing: some sad, some pee-in-your-pants funny, some brutally honest. But they were real, not a commercial glamorization. I clock out of motherhood at 8 P.M. and hide in the basement with my laptop and a beer. If you’re already a fan, lock the bathroom door on your whining kids, run a bubble bath, and settle in. If you’ve not encountered Scary Mommy before, break out a glass of champagne as well, because you’ll be toasting your initiation into a select club. I know why some animals eat their young. In chapters that cover husbands (The Biggest Baby of Them All) to homework (Didn’t I Already Graduate?), Confessions of a Scary Mommy combines all-new essays from Jill with the best of the anonymous confessions. Sometimes I wish my son was still little—then I hear kids screaming at the store. As Jill says, “We like to paint motherhood as picture perfect. A newborn peacefully resting on his mother’s chest. A toddler taking tentative first steps into his mother’s loving arms. A mother fluffing her daughter’s prom dress. These moments are indeed miraculous and joyful; they can also be few and far between.” Of course you adore your kids. Of course you would lay down your life for them. But be honest now: Have you ever wondered what possessed you to sign up for the job of motherhood? STOP! DO NOT OPEN THIS BOOK UNTIL YOU RECITE THESE VOWS! I shall remember that no mother is perfect and my children will thrive because, and sometimes even in spite, of me. I shall not preach to a fellow mother who has not asked my opinion. It’s none of my damn business. I shall maintain a sense of humor about all things motherhood.
Die kleine Tochter der alleinerziehenden Lehrerin Moriguchi ist im Schulschwimmbad ertrunken; ein tragischer Unfall, wie es scheint. Wenige Wochen später kündigt Moriguchi ihre Stelle an der Schule, doch zuvor will sie ihrer Klasse noch eine letzte Lektion mit auf den Weg geben. Denn sie weiß, dass ihre Schüler Schuld am Tod ihrer Tochter haben. Mit einer erschütternden Offenbarung setzt sie unter ihnen ein tödliches Drama um Schuld und Rache, um Gewalt und Wahnsinn in Gang, an dessen Ende keiner – weder Kind noch Erwachsener – ungeschoren davonkommt. Mit immenser Sogwirkung und einem unbestechlichen Blick auf die menschlichen Abgründe erzählt die ehemalige Lehrerin Kanae Minato eine faszinierend-verstörende Geschichte voller unerwarteter Wendungen. Ein packender Roman, dessen Stimmen den Leser noch lange begleiten.
by Abigail Goodrich Whittelsey,Darius Mead,Elizabeth Sewell,Maria C. Tracy
Darf man es bereuen, Mutter zu sein? Ein Tabubruch "Regretting Motherhood" thematisiert, was bisher kaum ausgesprochen wird: Dass viele Frauen in der Mutterschaft nicht die "vorgeschriebene" Erfüllung finden. Dass sie ihre Kinder lieben und trotzdem nicht Mutter sein wollen. Ih ihrem bahnbrechenden Buch analysiert die engagierte Soziologin Orna Donath die Dimension des Tabus und lässt Mütter selbst von ihren Erfahrungen berichten.