As you know if you’ve read this blog, Iâ€™ve been working for some time (too long!) on a book on personality type and mothering, with co-author Janet Penley.
Iâ€™m very happy to report, the book is now finished!
Itâ€™s called MotherStyles: Using Personality Type To Discover Your Parenting Strengths, and is published by DaCapo Lifelong Books. It is available on amazon and in bookstores as of NOW!
What will this book do for you (or a mother you know)?
Well, first Iâ€™ll tell you what this material did for me, starting way back in 1993 when I first met Janet and started pestering her to write such a book. Understanding personality type–especially my own, my husbandâ€™s, and my childrenâ€™s–has enabled me to appreciate and build on the strengths of each of our types.
I also understand where we need outside help or perspective to shore up our weaknesses. I grasp our family dynamics better–particularly the greatest source of my ongoing frustration. Because Gene and I are the same type, I am often stretched in opposite directions, just toprovide the balance that every family system needs.
I draw from the material in this book, about energy management,
family dynamics, self-care and more, literally every day.
Here are some comments from some other moms who have also
found this material helpful:
â€œWhat a wonderful tool the concept of type is! I canâ€™t tell you how wonderful it feels to have this new paradigm in my head and to feel its implications seeping in, slowly filling reservoirs thathave been empty for as long as I can remember. Thank you.â€”â€œ.Irene
â€œI now understand exactly why so many activities I have tried to enjoy did not work, why particular interpersonal frictions have occurred and why I generally feel like a misfit with most people. I now have a tool to make better choices in my life, to avoid being swayed by other peoplegetting enjoyment from something.â€–Wendy
â€œI learned this information when my children were about ten and it was like the Red Sea parting. I could see my own preferred path to take through mothering. It showed me how to be happy with myself and gave me the confidence to go with my strengths. Instead of saying, I canâ€™t orI donâ€™t,, now I say, Iâ€™m very good at…. â€œ–Joan
â€œThis information has helped me to understand the differences between me and family members (and friends and other mothers at my kids’ school, and co-workers, and employers and employees, andâ€”fill in the blank), so that my relationship with each of them is better/smoother/more forgiving/better communication/more
â€œI come from a family where the mom is one type, and one of the children is a completely different type. If only both were aware of the MotherStyles method. I truly believe they would have a much closer relationship. I also believe that my sibling would be a much more confident person.â€–Anne
Give yourself, or a mom you know, an early Mothers Day gift. Get your copy of MotherStyles: Using Personality Type to Discover Your Parenting Strengths either from your local bookstore (I know Borders has it, but call first to make sure), or get it from amazon.com for a 35 percent discount.
To happier and more effective parenting,