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Monday, December 10, 2012

Day 6 of Books for Women by Women with Michelle Cove




Hi Michelle, welcome to our forum...Corrie from Quilt Taffy did your review...
and btw I love MONDAYS! ....


“I Love Mondays and Other Confessions from Devoted Working Moms” by Michelle Cove

Children should come with instruction manuals!
Well, if you are a working mom and you have children, this is the instruction manual.

Michelle Cove, a filmmaker and author, has given a thorough account of situations that a working mom might find herself in.  Topics range from Too Much Apologizing, Multitasking, Dealing with School, Burnout, Boundaries, and Extended Family.  Not only are the topics discussed with humor and examples from many different types of moms, but also role-playing is included.  For example, if a child is concerned or complaining that her mom is gone too much, Cove gives dialogue to have with the child.  And the dialogue is good, simple and direct. 

The book’s approach is very calm and without drama.  A working mom doesn’t need to explain every reason why she works or to apologize repeatedly.  A choice to work has been made, and the book shares how to make the most of it for the mother, the child, the employer, the co-workers and the family without the guilt.  And there can be a lot of guilt.  Cove deals with the guilt about leaving every day, she also deals with the guilt of really enjoying a career, co-workers, business trips, and all that goes along with working. 

An unexpected chapter in the book is about girlfriends, and the role that a friend plays in relationship to everyday problems.  A friend gives warm, fuzzy external support.  The more support, the better.  The book also explains how to get support from co-workers, and employers.

This book is easy to read and well formatted.  There is a recap at the end of each chapter, and little quizzes to take to give a reality check of where one’s parenting might actually be.   Whether you love Mondays or hate them, this is a must read for all types of working moms.
Corrie Munson


A great review Corrie, an author who speaks for many of us, there is no doubt about it!
Thank you both.



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44 comments:

  1. I confess that I love Mondays too! I breathe a big sigh of relief on Sunday nights when the kids are in bed, because I know tomorrow is Monday. Thank goodness!

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  2. Every mother is a working mother. I loved teaching at school where my kids were. I loved that they didn't mind sharing me with other kids and that they weren't embarrassed to be seen with me.

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  3. I don't mind Mondays....always a fresh start to the week, but I must say that I like Saturdays best!

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  4. Lovely review thanks for another great read

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  5. Great review Corrie! I like Thursdays best. Thanks for a great December Mdm Samm

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  6. Sounds like an inspiring read. Adding it to my 'to read' list.
    Thanks for the review.

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  7. Sounds like an inspiring read. Adding it to my 'to read' list.
    Thanks for the review.

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  8. Sounds like an inspiring read. Adding it to my 'to read' list.
    Thanks for the review.

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  9. Yuck, hate the title! This is a book I could've used 20 something years ago. Glad it is available now, thanks!

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  10. No kids, but I enjoy Mondays (actually Monday through Friday) because the neighborhood is quieter and better for sewing!

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  11. I wish I'd had this book when I was raising my kids. If I win, I will give it to my daughters to read...after me of course. I think I would still enjoy reading it. They could use it.

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  12. Good morning Michelle... This should be a book on every working mom's bookshelf! My daughters are both working mom's now and could really use it!... I could have used it back in my day... My youngest stresses so much about not being with her son during the summer... even though he is in daycare where she works. When in all actuality it does her and him both good to have the slight separation... she just doesn't realize it. Everything is especially hard on a woman who works because there is so much waiting for her at the end of her work day.. her work day is not over until she lays down on her pillow.

    The old saying is true.. A man's work is from sun to sun... a woman's work is never done...

    I have heard that all of my life. :)

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  13. I love every day! I chose to work at home so that I could be with my kiddos. Love those lil buggers. I ran a daycare at home and got more lil buggers involved. Today I'm completely crazy because of it LOL.

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  14. This book seems to be very inspiring. And in Sweden were almost every woman with small kids is working outside home, I hope that it will be translated to Swedish.
    And I love Mondays too, but now as retired from work,it is a good beginning for the week to enjoy with the things you like best.

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  15. My kids are grown now, but OH how well I remember the guilt! I had no choice but to work, a single mother, so I eventually stopped beating myself up over that part of it. But I also did volunteer work, and I still regret every minute I let myself be pulled away from my children. No rewind button on life, dang it.

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  16. I know so many mothers who suffer from guilt for leaving their children each morning. I have also taught with young mothers who returned to work from maternity leave and spent their lunch hours in the teacher's lounge crying. This is a timely topic. I'm so glad Michelle has addressed it.

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  17. Leave it to Corrie to help us get through our days!

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  18. I would love to be able to give this book to my daughter-in-law. I no longer have children home with me but I remember those days. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  19. I know several young moms who would much appreciate that book! Wow --- only 38 away from 5,000!!! AWESOME!!! :)

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  20. I was lucky to be able to stay home with my kids when they were small, but times have changed. With so many moms needing to work, a book like this is greatly needed.

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  21. OMG, I could have used this book back in the day when my boys were little. I worked briefly after my first son was about 3 years old. I was always on a guilt trip. He would be crying when I left him at the sitters and then I would rush to the bus and silently cry all the way to work. We moved often and after our next move I was able to be a SAH mom until the boys were 11 & 14. The economy was bad in the mid to late 1980's. After being out of the workforce for about 11 years I was forced to find a job as we found ourselves without an income...one of the many who had their job eliminated by cutbacks. It was a lot easier to go back to work when the boys were older. Fortunately I found a job and worked for the next 15 years...a job I loved and made many lasting friendships. I'm retired now but still remember the guilt when I had to leave my boys...I hated Mondays back then. Thanks Michelle, Corrie and Mdm Samm...this sounds like an great book to read for all Mom's with young children.

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  22. I no longer have children at home, but my oldest daughter would appreciate this book. I enjoy Mondays now, because it means it is time to straighten up the house after the weekend and get everything back in order. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book.

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  23. This looks to be a nice book. If I win I will send the book to my daughter in law. I`m glad supportive girlfriends are included.

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  24. Excellent topic. Must have for working Moms. I love this book series!

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  25. Very true a working mother should not feel guilty or apologize to everyone. this sounds like a great book that every working mom should read. Vivian

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  26. My kids are grown and gone (for the most part!), but it still sounds like a good read!

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  27. I was blessed to have a hubby that didn't mind making sacrifices and compromises so that I could be a SAHM and homeschool our kiddos. Don't know if they appreciate it or not, but I think they will as they get older and have kids of their own. I've known many moms who have stressed and been guilty about working outside the home, and with the economy like it is, more will have to now. A timely book, a great review, and awesome sponsors! Thanks, Madame!

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  28. Another great book to put on the reading list. Mondays. Not my favorite day of the week.

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  29. Sounds like a great read! Thank you Corrie for reviewing. jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

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  30. Today has been the "typical" I hate Monday! LOL...however, it is getting better as when talking with my mother, she sent some frozen casseroles with by brother yesterday for me and my family. that means...NO COOKING for awhile!!

    Thanks for another great book!

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  31. Mothers and guilt - we all need a little ehlp in that department.

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  32. Rosemary B here:
    I think I am going to love this book.
    We pack so much into our days now.
    Week-ends turn out to be the catch up days.
    Thanks for this great review!

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  33. I was lucky to be a stay at home mom. I babysat for a little extra income. One little girl would cry when her mom left. Her mom said she cried all the way to the bus stop and to work. I had to explain to her that her daughter had stopped crying long before she(mom) ever made it to the bus stop. When mom started leaving her with a smile, she stopped crying, and said goodbye with a smile too. Kids are so perceptive, and they know how to give moms a guilt trip.
    Sounds like a great read for ever working mom.

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  34. Thank you so much, Corrie, and those who commented! I wrote the book because it was the one I desperately needed, and couldn't find (I wanted solutions rather than platitudes), and I hope you and/or your daughters who are working mamas find it reassuring and helpful. Happy holidays all! Michelle

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  35. This book comes to late for me, since my kids are grown, but I think it would help me with supporting the 4 daughter n laws I have and understand what they face day to day as working moms.

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  36. I love Mondays because I have the house all to myself then.

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  37. It matters how busy my weekend was. If i got to relax then I don't mind mondays. If I didn't I don't like mondays. Notice, I didn't say either way that I actually like them :)

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  38. I can't relate to the guilt feelings of working moms since I nevere had children, but from "cry on your shoulder" sessions with friends, I know that this type of book is long overdue. swalker287 at gmail dot com

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  39. I use to be able to relate - wonderful review by Corrie - and thank you Samm and sponsors for your great gifts. Judy C

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  40. Very nice, I will be adding to my new reading list! Thanks

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  41. I'm no longer a working Mom but at one time was a single working Mom so I can relate. And on top of that I am the backup for my Son and DIL when their day care provider is not open - like tomorrow. Maybe I can read this and give some tips! Or not.

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  42. Great review and sounds like a must read. My children are grown but I do have a lovely daughter in law. I think it's rewarding and inspiring to talk to other Moms and see how they handle different situations. How wonderful that Michelle even has role playing. We did role playing for our kids and handling different situations. I think that is a positive thing, don't we all do better if we have done something at least once?

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  43. I'm retired so I'm not sure this book is for me but...the girlfriend hit the mark with me...girlfriends are so important to women. Someone who lifts us up and generally isn't 'needy' like our husbands and children.

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  44. lost my 1st comment
    Looks like a great book for when my kids were young and might be great for them sometime in their future. I am glad to see that you are covering books for many different ages/ stages of our lives.
    in stitches

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