Ms. Stoddard reaches deep in her soul of personal experience for inspiring insights about the blessings and challenges of motherhood: how this life changing event transforms us, matures us, and pushes us to live more profoundly, wisely, and mindfully than ever before. When you become a mother you have an unparalled opportunity to learn to trust your heart", she writes. Trusting our hearts means knowing how to nurture oursleves as well as our children: How can we find ways to nourish our minds and souls as we concentrate on doing the same for our children?" she asks. Stoddard explores this empowering link between mother and child, her experiences as a mother and stepmother; and memories of mother; and memories of other powerful women who shaped her life. Finding balance within our many responsibilites, learning the lessons of joy and play through our children, trusting ourselves as parents and learning to let go are central themes. Motherhood transforms us not just once but over and over again. IN this penetrating book she honors the strength and power a mother holds in the family. Filled with her noted wisdom and down to earth honesty and sparkling spirit, this is a book women of every generation can treasure.