More Than a Mom explores how women can lead rich, fulfilling personal lives while parenting a child with special needs. The authorsí skillful blend of research, personal experiences, and feedback from over 500 mothers across North America results in a book that is jam-packed with practical strategies, advice, and reassurance for mothers trying to create more manageable and fulfilling lives.
More Than a Mom addresses the universal concerns and questions of all mothers, coupled with the added intensity of raising children with disabilities. This how-to guide looks at the challenges mothers face at home, at work, and within themselves, with special attention paid to:
Staying healthy both physically and emotionally
Parenting your other children
Maintaining your marriage
Nurturing interests and goals
Seeking flexible work options
Changing careers or starting a business
Rejoining the workforce
Finding specialized childcare
Advocating for your child
The mothers who were interviewed for the book have diverse backgrounds and family dynamics. Given their differences and the fact that their children have such varied disabilities, itís striking that these mothers face such similar issues. More Than a Mom provides mothers with many voices and solutions that will resonate with their own circumstances. Husbands, extended family, friends, support organizations, and service providers will also want to read this insightful and fact-filled book.
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About the Authors:
Amy Baskin writes and speaks regularly about parenting, education, life balance, and disability issues. Her work appears in magazines across North America. She has a Master of Education Degree from the University of Toronto and has taught classes in parenting, writing, and speaking skills. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Her youngest child has autism.
Heather Fawcett chairs the Aspergerís Syndrome parent support group of Ottawa, Ontario, which provides information and support, social skills programs, and advocacy to 400 family and professional members. She is a writer and a parent of a teen with Aspergerís syndrome. Heather has earned multiple B.A. degrees in English, Applied Studies, and Psychology from the University of Waterloo and Carleton University.
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