Mothers PLEASE Teach your Daughters about Marriage!

A friend of mine just bought my book, “Motherhood is Madness” and read it in two days (a record time!). She then bought 10 copies for her friends and her 3 daughters. And then she asked for the Manifesto – which I am posting here. Here are her words: “This completely describes my life with my x-husband for 29 years! Every daughter MUST know that this is what happens when women get married. It can no longer remain a big secret!”

MOTHERHOOD IS MADNESS: HOW TO BREAK THE CHAINS THAT PREVENT MOTHERS FROM BEING TRULY HAPPY

by Maureen Fitzgerald, PhD

A MANIFESTO: 15 STRATEGIES

  1. Admit that Motherhood Is Madness
  2. Stop Asking Mothers to Choose Career or Family
  3. Don’t Expect Women to Be Unpaid Servants
  4. Never Expect Mothers to be Martyrs to Kids
  5. Recognize the Importance of Mothering
  6. Make Childcare Available, Affordable and Acceptable
  7. Question the 24/7 Work Culture and the Mommy Penalty
  8. Ensure Mothers are Financially Independent
  9. Adopt a Partnership Model of the Family
  10. Value Mothers, Children and Families
  11. Compensate and Invest in Mothers
  12. Challenge Laws that Hold Women Back
  13. Understand and Participate in Government
  14. Encourage Mothers to Speak Up
  15. Educate Your Daughters About Marriage

Copyright ©Maureen F. Fitzgerald,  Motherhood is Madness: How to Break the Chains that Prevent Mothers From Being Truly Happy. For electronic copies please contact the author at

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