A writing coach, a naturopathic doctor, a talk-radio host, and a yoga teacher might not be the first people you think of when you hear the term “power mom,” but four Rhode Island women (including Kidoinfo writer, Erin Barrette Goodman), all contributors to a new book called Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms: 101 Stories Celebrating the Power of Choice for Stay at Home and Work from Home Moms, are helping to broaden and redefine what it means to be a power mom in the twenty-first century.
On Saturday, May 2, at 2:00 p.m., writing coach Lisa Tener of North Kingstown, naturopathic physician Kimberly Beauchamp of North Kingstown, radio talk-show host Robin Kall of East Greenwich, and yoga teacher and RI Birth Network founder Erin Barrette Goodman of CharlestownÂ will share their stories at a public reading and discussion at the North Kingstown Library. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Families First, a grassroots nonprofit organization that partners new mothers with supportive mentors.
In the book Goodman shares her story about deciding to return to work part-time after attempting for four years to enjoy full-time at-home parenting. Beauchamp shares about the exhausting pace she attempted to maintain–nursing her night-owl baby through the wee hours and seeing patients in her naturopathic medicine practice during the day–and how she came to (finally) accept help from the “angels.” Tener shares her story of presenting at a Harvard Medical School conference and nursing her four-month-old son in between conference sessions, and Kall describes how she discovered talk radio while home with her young children and soon found herself on the air with her own show.
Kimberly Beauchamp ND is a naturopathic physician, health and medical writer, and mother of two young daughters. She received her doctoral degree from Bastyr University, the nation’s premier academic institution for science-based natural medicine. Dr. Beauchamp is currently writing a book about children’s nutrition that offers practical solutions to the “fake food” epidemic. Please visit her website www.kimberlybeauchamp.com.
Erin Barrette Goodman is a writer, yoga teacher, and passionate community leader. In 2005, shortly after the birth of her first child, she founded the Rhode Island Birth Network, a nonprofit organization that promotes empowered decision-making during the childbearing years. Goodman has taught prenatal and postnatal yoga for many years, and currently leads monthly sharing circles for mothers. See www.eringoodman.com and www.ribirth.net.
Robin Kall is the creator and host of Reading with Robin, a WHJJ Providence, R.I., radio talk show devoted to authors and readers and their favorite books. The radio show was born of her passion for reading and her desire to promote literacy projects. Originally from New York, she has lived in Rhode Island for almost twenty-four years, which still does not make her a Rhode Islander! She lives in R.I. with her (native) husband and two children who claim dual citizenship. The dog is originally from PA! Her website is www.readingwithrobin.com.
Lisa Tener is a book coach, published author, trainer, and speaker. She has appeared on national television, including ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and her book-coaching clients have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Montel Williams Show and others. As a writing and book coach, she assists writers in all aspects of the writing process. Her website is www.LisaTener.com.
About the Book:
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms (Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC, March 2009, 978-1-935096-31-3, $14.95) offers stories and support for moms everywhere. Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and veteran power mom Wendy Walker offer an inside look at these amazing women, as they navigate the ups and downs of motherhood.
With stories by Lynne Spears, Liz Lange, Mary Himes, Melora Hardin, Jodi Picoult, Jillian Reynolds, Dooce.com’s Heather Armstrong, Jane Green, Elise Chidley, Jill Kargman, Victoria Colligan, and other power moms all over the country, and a foreword by the New York Times‘ Lisa Belkin, it’s a go-to source for every mom who needs advice, perspective, or a good laugh.