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Mother Nurture sheds light on how to raise your own ‘best and brightest’

July 23rd, 2008

Mother NurtureOver time my interest in the celebrity lifestyle has seriously faded. Where I used to read gym copies of People and Us Weekly from cover to cover, I now find myself only glancing through an issue if it’s highlighting the best and worst beach bodies (sorry, it’s true). When I was sent a copy of Mother Nurture: Life Lessons from the Mothers of America’s Best and Brightest I wondered what I would find in its pages. Would it be Lindsay Lohan’s mom sharing her wisdom on parenting the inner child or Bruce Jenner’s advice on setting reasonable allowance limits for the Kardashian kids, say, $100 a week?

Thankfully, no. This book was a refreshing reprieve from not only People but also the plethora of parenting advice with which we are inundated on a daily basis. Written by fashion designer and entreprenur Stephanie Hirsch, the book started from a mother’s desire to raise her son to be “generous, family-oriented, loving, courageous, and professionally accomplished—maybe [even] turn out like Steven Spielberg.” After a conversation with Spielberg’s mom more interviews with mothers of “America’s best and brightest” soon followed.

I love many things about Mother Nurture, the first being that it offers common-sense advice from mothers who’ve helped raise successful children in a variety of fields, from sports and politics to music and business and everything in between. Though I recognized most of the names I found a few I hadn’t heard of but enjoyed reading nonetheless. Another great things about these “vignettes of maternal instinct at its best” is you can read them in bits and pieces. Each portrait is only a couple pages so you can read two or twenty depending on how long you can hide in the bathroom before the kids find you.

The best thing about Mother Nurture is how down to earth these mothers’ words of wisdom are; I might even be able to implement them in my own parenting “vignette.” I love Terri Augello’s advice to her daughter Alicia Keys: “It’s a fickle world out there. They could love you today. They can hate you tomorrow. So…make sure that you keep your family and friends close around you.” And Linda Armstrong Kelly’s dose of common sense for all moms: “If you shelter your children, you don’t really do them any favors.”

We are all doing our best to raise America’s best and brightest, so why not get some help from those who have some experience doing so. Mother Nurture: Life Lessons from the Mothers of America’s Best and Brightest does a fabulous job uplifting, encouraging and inspiring, something even non-celeb moms need.—Emily

* Giveaway!! HarperCollins is giving away one copy of Mother Nurture! Please leave a comment telling us your favorite parenting words of wisdom and include a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: July 31, 2008 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

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7 comments on “Mother Nurture sheds light on how to raise your own ‘best and brightest’

  1. Tara R on said:

    My favourite words of wisdom are “Accept Help” and “Feeling overwhelmed does not make you a failure at motherhood”.

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  3. Ginny on said:

    Mine are to trust your instincts & listen to your gut. It is almost always right!

  4. Cindi on said:

    Hi, The cover of this wonderful book speaks volumes! It would be quite interesting to read how various women approached motherhood. I have two sons that I am very proud of. My main goal of parenting is hoping my sons grow up to be wonderful human beings! If you are not a loving, decent human being, Does anything else really matter?! There will always be someone who is better at something than me, someone is not as good as me, thus I should be the best I can be! Thanks, Cindi

  5. Charlotte on said:

    “What happens at Grandma’s, stays at Grandma’s!” This looks like a great book.

    charlotte(dot)evard(at)comcast(dot)net

  6. Alyce on said:

    My dad always told me that if I worked hard I could do anything or be anything I wanted to be.

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