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You may have this dance.

By Kathyrn Lynard

Dance with Them: 30 Stumbling Mothers Share Glimpses of Grace

Edited by Kathryn Lynard Soper

Segullah Books, 2010; 230 pages


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~See the table of contents
~Meet the contributors
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When it comes to mothering school-age children—biological kids, step kids, or even the kids next door, with or without a partnering spouse—one of the biggest challenges is maintaining connection and balance during nearly constant flux. Each day we negotiate matters of independence, control, tolerance, closeness, expectations, safety, trust, acceptance, boundaries, conflict, and, perhaps most of all, the difficult reality that both mothers and children must learn through experience. Our mothering relationships are like intricate dances through time and space, forming patterns as unique as our individual children. And just as we’re getting our footing, the rhythm is sure to shift.

Enjoyable as a sequel to The Mother in Me as well as a stand-alone volume, this anthology of personal essays and poetry begins on the first notes of middle childhood and concludes with the finale of high school graduation. Its pages explore a wide variety of turning points that come in the outward motion of family life and the inward dynamics of personal growth. To be sure, the dance of motherhood is often more of a stumble. But with candor, insight, and the bittersweet inspiration Segullah writers are known for, these thirty contributing authors convincingly show that even the clumsiest of dancers have moments of grace.

About Kathyrn Lynard

(Founding Editor) is the author of the memoir The Year My Son and I Were Born (Globe Pequot Press, 2009) and the editor of four published anthologies. She contributes to Mormon forums from Meridian Magazine to Sunstone on a variety of topics including gender issues, disability, mental health, sexuality, family life, and spirituality.

7 thoughts on “You may have this dance.”

  1. Just wanted to put in my plug for this book. Kathryn has produced yet another remarkable collection of essays and poems. I think this one's even better than The Mother in Me!

  2. This looks like an excellent project. I am looking forward to reading a copy (after my Mum finishes the one I will buy her).

  3. This does seem like the perfect gift for my daughter-in-law!

    Of course, I will need to look it over a bit myself before sending it her way.




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