The 7 Stages of Motherhood

Version: Abridged
Author: Ann Pleshette Murphy
Narrator: Ann Pleshette Murphy
Genres: Self Development, Relationships
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: September 2004
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 5 hours
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Motherhood is the ultimate transformation, a powerful and thrilling metamorphosis. Yet the vast majority of parenting books focus on the how-tos of baby and child care, not on the care or development of mothers. Ann Pleshette Murphy—the former editor of Parents magazine, current parenting contributor to Good Morning America, and herself the mother of two—looks at the emotional lives of mothers, at how we change and grow from the moment we get pregnant to the day we watch our kids graduate from high school.

The 7 Stages of Motherhood urges women to reflect on the seismic shifts they undergo at each stage of their children's lives and to focus on their own evolution. Only by doing so, says Murphy, can we give children the best of ourselves. Many new moms assume that once things "get back to normal," they'll jump right back on their pre-baby path. But there's no going back, according to Murphy, and that's actually good news. Each stage of motherhood has its own challenges and opportunities. Motherhood forces us to hone muscles we never knew we had; to question our choices and goals; to reshape our relationships with family, friends, our spouses; and, most important, to rethink who we are and where we're going. There's as much circling, sliding, falling back as there is surging ahead—and Murphy provides exactly the encouragement women need to overcome obstacles and celebrate their strengths. Writing with wit, warmth, and unfailing empathy about the challenges mothers face at each stage, Murphy offers insightful advice and gentle reassurance, showing moms how to make the most of their lives as they raise their children.

Drawing on hundreds of interviews with leaders in the field, a wealth of personal experience, a decade at the helm of Parents magazine, and, of course, countless conversations with other mothers, Murphy offers women invaluable advice about how to cope and how to thrive along with their children. She identifies periods of particular intensity in a mother's life and provides indispensable tips about how to manage at each stage, from the roller-coaster ride of early childhood through the ambiguities of adolescence and the tumult of the teen years. The 7 Stages of Motherhood is an exuberant, joyful, not-to-be-missed journey, full of life-changing insights and affirming wisdom and support: a buoyant contribution to the literature of maternity and self-discovery.

Reviews (5)


Written by Anonymous on February 1st, 2013

  • Book Rating: 3/5

It was o.k. I have three children. My oldest is 10 and my youngest is 20 months. I kind of feel like I didn't need the first disk but the last two discs were great. I've never raised a pre-teen boy before and I was a pre-teen girl before so very helpful.

The Seven Stages of Motherhood

Written by Kim on November 13th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book was a pleasure to listen to and very validating. It was down to earth and easy to relate to many of the situations. I felt like the author had a true understanding of what she was writing and a compassion for the people that may be in similar situations. I highly recommend this book.

Good examples and stories

Written by Anonymous on January 5th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoyed listening to this author as well as her stories and experience. I was looking for some more information about school-age children, and this audio book focused a great deal on the baby and teen years, so it left me wanting more. Did enjoy overall.

The 7 Stages of Motherhood

Written by Anonymous on May 20th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

So much of what she said was so far off base from my parenting experience that I didn't even make it past the first disc...


Written by Selena Hernandez on February 1st, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved this book! However, if you don't like authors who explain/persuade by personal example, beware. The author uses her own children heavily as examples. She does, however, seem to have great insight to what mothering is like and provides some great ideas for the reader about how to approach certain difficult times.