Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Dance with Them: 30 Stumbling Mothers Share Glimpses of Grace

Dance with Them: 30 Stumbling Mothers Share Glimpses of Grace
Edited by Kathryn Lynard Sopher
Segullah Books, 2010. 215 pgs. Nonfiction

When it comes to mothering school-age children-biological kids, step kids, or even the kids next door, with or without a partnering spouse-one of the biggest challenges is maintaining connection and balance during nearly constant flux. Each day we negotiate matters of independence, control, tolerance, closeness, expectations, safety, trust, acceptance, boundaries, conflict, and, perhaps most of all, the difficult reality that both mothers and children must learn through experience.

Our mothering relationships are like intricate dances through time and space, forming patterns as unique as our individual children. This anthology of personal essays and poetry begins on the first notes of middle childhood and concludes with the finale of high school graduation. Its pages explore a wide variety of turning points that come in the outward motion of family life and the inward dynamics of personal growth.

While I’m not a mother, I enjoyed this collection of essays from women in varying stages of motherhood. This book would be a great read for any mother and with Mother’s Day coming up in a few weeks; it might just be an excellent gift for a mother in your own life!


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