July 13, 2004
Does it feel like Mother’s Day was ages ago? Two months after the fact, the special pleasures of the day are long gone, disappeared down the drain with the dirty dishwater or trampled between trips to work, the grocery store, day camp, and karate and swim lessons.
Recapture the pampered feeling with "Mom’s Day Out," 2 p.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix.
The event begins with a presentation based on the book "Ophelia’s Mom: Loving and Letting Go of Your Adolescent Daughter," an anthology written for mothers of teenage girls. One of the book’s contributors, Valley mom Monique Rider, will lead the talk and sign copies of the book.
Rider, who owns BodyLife Dynamics, a Cave Creek-based life-coaching company for women, will also facilitate a group discussion about taking time to take care of yourself and manage life’s everyday challenges.
"When you understand how you react to change," Rider says on her Web site, "and that there are choices in times of chaos, you automatically become more effective at home, in the workplace, and in the community."
Some of her tips for self-care include keeping a list of things you’re grateful for; journaling and/or meditating; creating a "success team" to help you through tough times by reaching out, networking and asking for support; and focusing on taking charge of yourself instead of trying to control others.
The free event includes goodies from the in-store cafe, and plenty of opportunities to mingle with other moms. For more information, call (480) 699-0527.