New Book Tells Gen X Women: Use Motherhood as a Catalyst for Reinvention

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In her new book Mojo Mom: Nurturing Your Self While Raising a Family (Spark Press, $14.95), author Amy Tiemann, Ph.D., explores the transformative process of becoming a mother and offers readers practical tips, tools and advice for recreating their individual identities as they adjust to life with a new baby.

In her new book Mojo Mom: Nurturing Your Self While Raising a Family (Spark Press, $14.95), author Amy Tiemann, Ph.D., explores the transformative process of becoming a mother and offers readers practical tips, tools and advice for recreating their individual identities as they adjust to life with a new baby.

“American society places such a huge emphasis on the birthing process that few women are truly prepared for the complete emotional and mental transformation that accompanies motherhood,” says Tiemann. “I want my readers to know that being a loving, caring mother is compatible with developing interests outside the family,” she adds. “My book helps women identify their inner spark and reminds them it’s more than OK to nurture themselves—it’s vital.”

In her book, Tiemann shares with readers her own experiences as a Stanford-educated neuroscientist turned stay-at-home mom. Like many high-achieving Gen X women, Tiemann was surprised by how ill-equipped she was to handle the physical and psychological demands of caring for an infant. As a lab scientist, Tiemann could tackle the most complex experiments. As an educator, she captivated and engaged her students. As a first time mom, Tiemann felt her confidence drain away as she found that her professional skills were little help during the early months of mothering a newborn. Even with a supportive family, days spent alone caring for her baby felt isolating much of the time.

What Tiemann’s scientific background may have provided, however, was a unique ability to analyze her situation. After much reflection, she discovered that becoming a mother actually offered her an opportunity for reinvention. By reevaluating her career priorities in light of her family’s needs, she discovered an inner a desire to become a writer.

“I stripped away the labels and roles that had long defined who I was,” Tiemann explains. “And as I continued to explore, I added back old elements I missed, and discovered exciting new facets of my identity.”

Motherhood offers all moms a chance to reshape their career paths, examine priorities, start a new venture, or rekindle long-dormant dreams. Mojo Mom encourages new moms and seasoned veterans alike to explore the essential question Who am I, now that I am a Mom?

Covering topics that are vital and relevant for moms of all ages, Tiemann uses her experience as a teacher to instruct readers how to take loving care of themselves right now, as well as how to plan for new interests as their children grow older. Mojo Mom also explores ways to enhance the relationship among parents, so couples will remain connected as friends and lovers rather than feeling like distant strangers.

“Mommy Mojo is the feeling you get when you are at the top of your game, juggling the many facets of your life, making sure that your own needs are included in your family's priorities,” Tiemann writes in the book’s introduction. “It is the joyous feeling of becoming yourself and liking that person. It is the ability to speak, be heard, and make a difference in the world. It is power; it is being a force to be reckoned with. It is knowing that even if the rest of the world doesn’t always realize how amazing you are, you can move through it like a secret agent, armed with the confidence that your plans will succeed on your own terms.”

Mojo Mom: Nurturing Your Self While Raising a Family is recently published in paperback and is available at booksellers nationwide. For additional information about the book, to read the author’s blog and listen to her podcast, visit http://www.MojoMom.com. Visitors to the site can also download a free “Mojo Mom Party Kit” offering a blueprint for forming a local Mojo Mom Circle.

BOOK INFORMATION:

Mojo Mom: Nurturing Your Self While Raising a Family

By Amy Tiemann, Ph. D.

Published by Spark Press

Distributed by Independent Publishers Group, http://www.ipgbook.com

Publication date April 2006

$14.95, paperback, 194 pages

ISBN 0-9764980-1-4

Contains references and index

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