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Topics:
Intercultural Transitions
The American Workplace
The American School System
Going Back To Work
Work/Life Balance
Finding Your Life’s Purpose and Passion
Working From Home and/or Starting a Home-Based Business
Becoming An Entrepreneur
Motherhood and Women
Personality Type and Mothering Styles
Nurturing The Couple Relationship
Dealing With Fear, Change and Transitions
Nurturing Your Creativity, Following Your Dreams

Intercultural Transitions

A Portable Identity: A Woman’s Guide to Maintaining a Sense of Self While Moving Overseas – Debra Bryson & Charise Hoge
Written by two former expatriate spouses who are also counselors, this workbook empowers foreign spouses to take charge of the changes in identity that occur during an international relocation. Through practical exercises and inspiring stories, the book helps spouses make choices for a happier and more meaningful life overseas.
In Their Own Voice: Intercultural Meaning in Everyday Stories – Anne Copeland and Marissa Lombardi
This is a wonderful collection of personal stories written by people who have moved to the United States from another country and culture. The writers describe the universal experience of those who find themselves in a new country, and real the intricacies and challenges of living and working across cultures.
Hello! USA – Judy Priven and Anne Copeland
This book has a wealth of practical information on American life and culture to help make a newcomer’s transition to the U.S. much easier.
Americans at Work: A Cultural Guide to the Can-Do People – Craig Storti
This book is a cultural guide for non-Americans who work with people from the United States. It explains six American cultural themes and their relevance to the workplace. Knowing how American work with each other will help you predict their reactions and more important, their expectations of you.

The American School System

Understanding American Schools, Third Edition – Anne P. Copeland and Georgia Bennett
This valuable book guides newcomers from around the world through the challenges of understanding the U.S. school system, from pre-school through high school.

Going Back To Work

  Going Back To Work: A Survival Guide for Comeback Moms – Mary W. Quigley and Loretta E. Kaufman   After surveying more than one thousand mothers, the authors wrote this book as a resource for mothers thinking about re-entering the workforce.
  The Back-To-Work Toolkit – A Guide for Comeback Moms – Nancy Collamer
This e-book is a 91-page downloadable job search guide with advice, resources, and strategies geared specifically toward moms returning to work.
 bsmlogo BlueSuitMom.com – a resource of work and family balance information for working mothers and their employers. You’ll find advice on parenting, career advancement, the balancing act, meal planning, family health and fitness.
wm Working Mother magazine – good articles and resources for mothers. Also publishes yearly list of 100 Best Companies for working mothers.

 Work/Life Balance

  Getting It Right: How Working Mothers Successfully Take Up the Challenge of Life, Family, and Career – LaraineT. Zappert, Ph.D.
   Mommy Wars – edited by Leslie Morgan Steiner
  This Is How We Do It – by Carol Evans (CEO and President, Working Mother magazine)

Finding Your Life’s Purpose and Passion


Work with Passion: How to Do What You Love for a Living by Nancy Anderson
Work with Passion will inspire you — as it has thousands of others — to make choices, take chances, and recognize opportunities. It is filled with inspirational guidance of all kinds: from the broadest kinds of visionary encouragement to very practical tips on networking, developing a resume, and writing a query letter that gets results.
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Working from Home and/or Starting a Home-Based Business

Jobs and Moms: Work at Home
On-Line Magazine for Work-at-Home Moms
A Home-Based Business Online
Businessowner’s Toolkit
Small Business Administration

Becoming An Entrepreneur

Mompreneurs – Patricia Cole and Ellen Parlapiano
Momprenuers Online: Using the Internet for Work at Home Success – Patricia Cole and Ellen Parlapiano
The Mom Inventors Handbook, How to Turn Your Great Idea into the Next Big Thing – Tamara Monosoff

Also visit the author’s website at www.mominventors.com

Secrets of Millionaire Moms: Learn How They Turned Great Ideas Into Booming Businesses  – Tamara Monosoff 

Motherhood and Women

Mother Nurture – Rick Hanson, Ph.D., Jan Hanson L.A., Ricki Pollycove, M.D.
An excellent resource for mothers on how to nurture themselves and their relationships while they are caring for their children.  Includes chapters on reducing stress, taking care of your physical health, nurturing the partner relationship, and balancing home and work.
At-Home Motherhood: Making It Work for You – Cindy TolliverA supportive book which affirms the at-home mother’s decision to stay home and offers practical ideas for taking care of the self, family, and home.
Gift from the Sea – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Wife of the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh, Ann Morrow Lindbergh mothered 5 children.  In this book, she writes down her thoughts about women’s lives, motherhood, love, marriage, youth and age, solitude, peace, and contentment, during a 2-week vacation by herself by the ocean.
A Year by the Sea – Joan AndersonDuring the years Joan Anderson was a loving wife and supportive mother, she had slowly and unconsciously replaced her own dreams with the needs of her family.  With her sons grown, however, she realized that the family no longer centered on the home she provided and her relationship with her husband had grown stale.  When her husband suddenly decides to accept a new job hundreds of miles away,  Joan decides not to go with him.  Instead, she retreats to their family cottage on Cape Cod for a year to “figure things out.”   This book is a record of her experiences and revelations during this transformative time in her life.
   Women Who Run with the Wolves – Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D.
Dr. Estes is a Jungian analyst and cantadora, or storyteller.  This book is a collection of multicultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories that she chose to help women reconnect with what she calls the “Wild Woman” — that part of ourselves that is wild and powerful, creative, instinctual and all-knowing.
 

 Personality Type and Mothering Styles

MotherStyles: Using Personality Type to Discover Your Parenting Strengths – Janet P. Penley
This book uses the Myers-Briggs Personality Type preferences to help you understand how your personality style influences your strengths, struggles and needs as a mother. It equips you with the self-knowledge you need to become a more effective and happier parent.
  Nurture by Nature: Understand Your Child’s Personality Type – And Become a Better Parent – Paul D. Tieger & Barbara Barron-Tieger
 

Nurturing the Couple Relationship

  The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts – Gary Chapman, Ph.D People express and receive love in different ways. Dr. Chapman identifies the 5 love languages as Quality Time, Words of Affirmation, Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch. This book helps couples learn to understand and speak one another’s love language.
  Journey of the Heart: The Path of Conscious Love – John Welwood, Ph.D In this book, Dr. Welwood looks at relationships as a path, an unfolding process of personal and spiritual discovery whose challenges awaken our deepest strengths and resources.
  Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples – Harville Hendrix, Ph.D
A very practical book on the psychology of love relationships, complete with exercises couples can do to enhance their marriage.

Dealing with Fear, Change and Transitions

Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes (25th Anniversary Ed.) – William Bridges, Ph.D
An excellent book for helping you understand the transition process and navigating through any kind of life change.
  Feel the Fear . . . and Do It Anyway – Susan Jeffers, Ph.D
A book for helping you get “unstuck” and facing the fears that are holding you back.

Nurturing Your Creativity, Following Your Dreams

  The Artist’s Way – Julia Cameron
If you’re looking for a book to help you get back in touch with your creative self, this is it!
  The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
This is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who travels in search of a worldly treasure.  From his home in Spain, he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist.  The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, above all, following our dreams.

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