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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (195 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harriet Lerner Narrator: Harriet Lerner Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN: 9780060894344
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Bestselling Author Harriet Lerner leads you in the most magnificent dance of all: The Mother Dance!

Her phenomenally successful audio books have profoundly changed the way we think about anger and intimacy. Now psychologist and mother Harriet Lerner tackles the most emotionally charged, issue of all time: motherhood.

In her own candid, and compassionate voice, Dr. Lerner discusses this extraordinary, life-altering experience as no one before her has done. Listen as she explores:

  • his new life versus your new life
  • worry guilt, self-blame and other unavoidables of motherhood
  • how your own childhood influences your parenting
  • the unexpected feelings motherhood awakens in you -- good and bad
  • how children change your marriage
  • how to talk to kids you can't talk to
  • mothers and daughters -- mothers and sons
  • and much much more -- from labor pains to empty nest pangs

Lerner shares personal stories and vivid case examples that are both hilarious and heart-wrenching. Lerner will guide you on this lifelong journey, whether you're considering having children, currently raising little ones, or are the mother of grown-up children.

Read by the author on two cassettes.

Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What a gift…True, touching, practical, spiritual, sanity-saving, and I laughed out loud with recognition, surprise and gratitude.”

    Anne Lamott

  • “Harriet Lerner pioneers on behalf of women’s whole humanity. Each chapter in The Mother Dance is worth the price of admission.”

    Gloria Steinem

  • “A popular psychotherapist writes with grace and striking candor about what it is like to be a mother.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The Mother Dance offers mothers-to-be a guide for the road ahead, and women who are already mothers will recognize their own dilemmas and situations, and gain clarity about their experiences. Throughout, Lerner is wise, personal, and truthful about her own failings. This book is a welcome addition to the recent discourse on the mothering experience.”

    Amazon.com Review

  • ANew York Times Bestselling Author

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria Dahman | 1/13/2014

    " This book is a grab bag, each chapter like a novella on a different topic, though all related to parenting and family life. She is wise and insightful. I was compelled through each chapter despite the shifts of focus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucy | 11/14/2013

    " great book for parents of kids of all ages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liam's Mom - | 10/30/2013

    " I loved this book! I totally related to her perspective of motherhood NOT being all it's cracked up to be and all the good stuff too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 9/30/2013

    " Good read but no big revelations... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Denise | 9/10/2013

    " Yuck. Awful. Horrible, etc. I only made it 48 pages in before I threw in the towel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Inder | 5/20/2013

    " A little fun pop psychology about being a mom. I found this very silly at times, and very insightful at times. Overall, I'm glad I read it, but the word to insight ratio could be improved upon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 4/13/2013

    " I would not have understood this book before I had a child. It was very helpful because it dispels all the oppressive mommy myths. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deirdre Keating | 3/14/2013

    " Gotta love another mother of boys. I like her writing style and the stories she shares. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Onni | 6/12/2012

    " Honest and insiteful, if you are not a cookie cutter mommie this book is for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne | 5/6/2012

    " Admittedly skimmed through to the sections that I most wanted to read, but what I did read was excellent honest real and full of insight. This is the first Harriet Lerner I've read and it makes me want to go out and find more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley | 4/7/2012

    " Nice to read a "parenting" book that is more about the parent than the kids! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 1/3/2012

    " As I seem to recall, this book was very popular when it was released. I enjoyed some of her analysis about the generational differences in women's childrearing and her musings about how motherhood profoundly changes us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 3/23/2011

    " Very fun read. Love Harriet Lerner. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Denise | 3/21/2011

    " Yuck. Awful. Horrible, etc. I only made it 48 pages in before I threw in the towel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucy | 1/2/2011

    " great book for parents of kids of all ages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Inder | 12/20/2010

    " A little fun pop psychology about being a mom. I found this very silly at times, and very insightful at times. Overall, I'm glad I read it, but the word to insight ratio could be improved upon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 7/16/2010

    " Good read but no big revelations... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley | 6/1/2010

    " Nice to read a "parenting" book that is more about the parent than the kids! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liam's Mom - | 7/7/2009

    " I loved this book! I totally related to her perspective of motherhood NOT being all it's cracked up to be and all the good stuff too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Onni | 3/13/2009

    " Honest and insiteful, if you are not a cookie cutter mommie this book is for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne | 8/18/2008

    " Admittedly skimmed through to the sections that I most wanted to read, but what I did read was excellent honest real and full of insight. This is the first Harriet Lerner I've read and it makes me want to go out and find more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deirdre | 5/13/2008

    " Gotta love another mother of boys. I like her writing style and the stories she shares. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 2/21/2008

    " Very fun read. Love Harriet Lerner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 1/29/2008

    " I would not have understood this book before I had a child. It was very helpful because it dispels all the oppressive mommy myths. "

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About the Author
Author Harriet Lerner

Harriet Lerner, PhD, is one of our nation’s most loved and respected relationship experts. Renowned for her work on the psychology of women and family relationships, she served as a staff psychologist at the Menninger Clinic for more than two decades. A distinguished lecturer, workshop leader, and psychotherapist, she is the author of The Dance of Anger and other bestselling books. She is also, with her sister, an award-winning children's book writer. She and her husband are therapists in Lawrence, Kansas, and have two sons.