A Modern Mom’s Fearless Revelations, Savvy Advice, and Soulful Reflections
The modern mom who wrote The Naked Mom is none other than the Host of Dancing with the Stars and co-CEO of the ever-growing website, ModernMom.com, Brooke Burke. This book is unlike any other “parenting” book I’ve read. Its message is that we are NOT alone in our journey, that it’s okay to cry, laugh, scream, and occasionally, as she puts it, “release our inner bitch”.
The book will pull you in as you read. I felt like I had known Burke my entire life, and we were just catching up. It is well thought out and begins with where most of us know her best, from her time on Dancing with the Stars. From here, the book reflects on her life with such brutal honesty that I was looking around to see if anyone had heard what she just wrote!
I enjoyed some of the pages so much I read them a couple of times. One of my favorite highlights in the book is Burke’s “Naked Truths.” They are boxes that appear within or at the end of the chapter. They are her own personal “Naked Truths.” My favorite falls on page 68:
The current co-host of ABC’s hit television show Dancing with the Stars, Burke is a mother of four and has established herself as an expert on “mommy” issues through a variety of platforms: as co-CEO and a popular blogger at the interactive online community ModernMom.com; as the founder of the online retail store babooshbaby.com which features Tauts, Burke’s post-pregnancy belly wraps; as a “Mommy Correspondent” on the nationally syndicated daytime talk show The Doctors; and as a go-to celebrity mom expert on Twitter, where she has more than 1.8 million followers.In THE NAKED MOM, Burke explores three major personas that characterize moms everywhere: The Woman: Mothers are always too willing to put everyone else first. But sometimes mothers should focus on themselves. Take the time to look and feel good and it will positively affect everything.The Mother: The word “mother” is easily the most revered word in the human language. Social pressures and the media have driven mothers to believe that they should be selfless. But with an absence of self comes a lack of passion. Mothers should empower themselves and instead strive to be self-aware.
The Lover: Most women give up a lot to become mothers and often the lover aspect seems to be the first to go. Sexuality and motherhood are not mutually exclusive. Letting erotic fantasies play out gives mothers a needed break from the nature of motherhood. Moms need to learn how to set the mood, play out a fantasy, and reconnect with their mates.
If readers think that there is a simple step-by-step path to the Perfect Body, the Perfect Relationship, or the Perfect Career, Burke says they should think again. By sharing stories from her surprisingly ordinary life as a celebrity mom—from childhood memories to personal beauty tips to thoughts on her relationships and busy career—Brooke paints an honest picture of motherhood that all women can relate to and offers a workable approach to handling everyday emotional challenges.
THE NAKED MOM is a bold, honest, and empowering look at modern motherhood. As Burke explains,it’s not about right or wrong it’s about being your best authentic,” naked” self.
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