The Mother's Guide to Sex is a very refreshing, open and informative book. I think the authors, Anne Semans and Cathy Winks, best sum up the book in their introduction: "The Mother's Guide to Sex reaches out to women who want to integrate the joys of a satisfying sex life with the joys of motherhood. We offer tips, anecdotes, and practical information about sex and parenting, supported by advice from medical experts, sex experts, and the most valuable experts of all - other mothers." The book is broken down into four parts:
Building Blocks of Sexuality
Among other important issues, this part deals with something that is very common in women: lack of desire. It also discusses the importance of communication. "Good relationships - whether with lovers, friends, relatives, or children - are not possible without good communication."
The ABCs of Becoming a Mom
Not every woman gets pregnant the "old fashioned way." The authors delve into this issue, discussing the many ways that you can conceive or become a mom. As they say on page 92, "Motherhood is so much more than the physical act of bearing and delivering a child." It also discusses sex during pregnancy and postpartum issues, a topic of importance, we've noticed on StorkNet!
Reinventing Sex as a Parent
Understandably, with a new baby you will be tired and sex may be the last thing you want. Or maybe you just feel like you have lost touch with your partner because you are so busy being a mom. There is some common sense advice for this on page 185: "Spending regular time together where you won't be interrupted by a needy child and can engage in adult conversation (preferably not about your child!), and relax at the same time will go a long way toward establishing a comfortable environment where your sexuality can begin to flourish."
Raising Sexually Healthy Children
Are you dreading the "where do babies come from?" question from your child? According to experts, you should be open and honest with your children and start early. Our authors give good advice on talking about sex to kids of all ages from toddlers to teens.
This book is written for every woman - married, single and lesbians. The authors understand that all woman have the same issues no matter how different our lives may be. They surveyed hundreds of women while writing this book, and you will find quotes on every page from many of them. There is a section at the end of the book with recommended reading and websites, and also a shopping guide to the items that they mention in the book. I think every woman would benefit from reading this book. I personally found it very empowering.
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