g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
News & Politics
Religion & Spirituality
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

Bored? Games!
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

Autism Spectrum Disorders
Mental Health
Blogs / Social Networking
Kidney Disease
Today in History

All times in EST

Low Carb: 8:00 PM

Full Schedule
g Moms Site

BellaOnline's Moms Editor


The Gift of Motherhood - A Book Review

Chérie Carter-Scott is a mother, author, and a motivational speaker. Her book, The Gift of Motherhood, honors the unique path that each of us experiences but also identifies ten common truths she believes we all share. These truths include “having a child changes your life, a mother has many roles, (and) as your child grows, so will you”.

According to Carter-Scott, once you become a mother, you enter into an eternal spiritual discipline. Unlike yoga or meditation, you do not set aside a specific amount of time for it – the practice is constant. Throughout motherhood there are peaks and valleys, lessons and accomplishments, stretching and growing.

The Gift of Motherhood speaks to me on many levels. It mimics many of the principles I’ve included in a life-coaching program to assist moms as they recreate and redefine themselves throughout motherhood. Tenets such as the importance of self-care, learning to adjust to the change in daily rhythms & identities, and the delicate balance between meeting the needs of our children and those of ourselves.

Carter-Scott addresses the dance of a woman through motherhood, and she focuses on mom’s role as a parent. She challenges her readers to be conscious parents and poses questions for consideration within each chapter. These queries ask the reader to think about the sort of mom she wants to be, the patterns she wants to help her children establish, and how she wants to handle conflicts in the home.

When reading The Gift of Motherhood for a second time, it tugged at my heartstrings. I had to exert my energy to suppress rising feelings of guilt. Don’t get me wrong – the book itself does not provoke feelings of guilt, nor is that Carter-Scott’s intention. Rather, it excites young mothers about the journey ahead of them. It inspires them to be conscious and discerning mothers, making choices about how they want to mother and how they will guide their children throughout life. It is a gentle book, an honest book, and a book of encouragement.

But, sometimes mothers get carried away with life and overcome with the mundane tasks of motherhood. Sometimes mothers are stretched thin by all their responsibilities and arrive at a point of less efficiency. Then, a mother – reading Chérie Carter-Scott’s book – can feel the guilt mounting as she realizes she has moved too far from her path. The tests of motherhood are more pronounced and feel less like a spiritual path and more like an exercise class, her children in need of a mom realigning herself with the values she defined for their family.

And, sometimes, mothers need reminders of who they want to be, how they want to live, and what choices support the values they want to guide their children with. That reminder is important and keeps us on track, and The Gift of Motherhood, is a gentle poke to return to our truths.

I love this book. It is a small hardback book with yellow daisies and springtime colors on the front. Chérie Carter-Scott accomplishes her task to share with mothers some universal truths about our most cherished position in life.

I came upon this book in a bookstore several years ago. I purchased it, read it, underlined in it, read it again, and – now – I share it with you. Enjoy!

Add The+Gift+of+Motherhood+%2D+A+Book+Review to Twitter Add The+Gift+of+Motherhood+%2D+A+Book+Review to Facebook Add The+Gift+of+Motherhood+%2D+A+Book+Review to MySpace Add The+Gift+of+Motherhood+%2D+A+Book+Review to Del.icio.us Digg The+Gift+of+Motherhood+%2D+A+Book+Review Add The+Gift+of+Motherhood+%2D+A+Book+Review to Yahoo My Web Add The+Gift+of+Motherhood+%2D+A+Book+Review to Google Bookmarks Add The+Gift+of+Motherhood+%2D+A+Book+Review to Stumbleupon Add The+Gift+of+Motherhood+%2D+A+Book+Review to Reddit

RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map

For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Moms Newsletter

Past Issues

Printer Friendly
tell friend
Tell a Friend
Email Editor

Content copyright © 2015 by Lisa Polovin Pinkus. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Lisa Polovin Pinkus. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Lisa Polovin Pinkus for details.


g features
I'm Sorry

Setting Intentions - An Activity for Moms

Teaching Compassion to Children

Archives | Site Map


Past Issues

Less than Monthly

BellaOnline on Facebook

| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2015 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.

BellaOnline Editor