Local ladies join to write a book about becoming a mom
Motherhood can be tough, particularly when, in addition to raising a child, mothers have careers to consider and families to run. Inevitably, any mother who once worked must choose whether they want to return to the workplace or remain at home with their child.
Park City resident Nancy Pollard had to make that decision once, and since then, she’s helped dozens of other women decide what they should do. With that experience, Pollard has joined with a friend to write a new self-help book for mothers, "Million Dollar Mommy: Six Secrets." The book offers six suggestions to help facilitate the transition to and from career life and parenthood.
A psychotherapist and life coach, Pollard and her co-author, Salt Lake City mother Laura Tanner will say they wrote the book for a fairly specific part of the population.
"We originally wrote the book for the new millennium women ages 25-40, that are educated and have kids," said Pollard.
"But what we’re finding is that baby boomer wives are very supportive of the book," she said.
The project started one day when Tanner visited Pollard for a coaching session. A new mother, Tanner was discussing her career with Pollard when the pair came up with the idea for "Million Dollar Mommy."
"The book sort of just fell right into our laps," said Pollard. We were having a coaching session In the course of our conversation, I said, ‘We should write a book about this.’"
The pair started the project by giving a short questionnaire to 40 mothers mostly friends and associates asking about the difficulties new mothers face. After reviewing the surveys, Pollard and Tanner began their work.
"We started out addressing the topics that are common," said Pollard. "We wrote the book basically discussing those topics."
Pollard said Tanner did much of the research while Pollard took care of the big picture, and working together, they compiled their collection of knowledge. But only in the end, when the two started looking for a way to package the ideas, did the "six secrets" format come to the fore.
"We sort of plucked out the six topics that we think help women the most," Pollard said.
The project took about a year to complete, and she said the work was borne of her and Tanner’s personal experiences, telling parents about how they can embrace their decision to either stay at home or go back to work.
"Our goal is to share what we’ve discovered," said Pollard.
In the end, she said, the work should aid a parent with a difficult decision, and while the title is "Million Dollar Mommy" the work could just as well be useful to a father. In many cases, some of the same issues apply.
She also emphasized that the work isn’t a hundred-page complaint about the difficulties of motherhood. Rather, she said the book is an avenue for self-empowerment.
"This is not a woe-is-me book," concluded Pollard. "It’s really tough to be a new mom, and here are some things that make that a bit easier. We think it’s a very important message."
And is she the million-dollar mommy? Yes. Along with Tanner.
"For me it’s always been worth a million dollars," said Pollard, "because it’s the best thing I’ve ever done in my life."
But at the same time, she also noted how tough motherhood is and how loaded with emotion it becomes. Parenting though, is almost never an impossible problem, she noted.
"We’re saying, go with what your gut tells you will make you the happiest," said Pollard.
And that empowerment, she noted, is one of the most important messages the book can convey.
"Million Dollar Mommy: Six Secrets" is available locally at the Expanding Heart, Dolly’s Bookstore and The Spotted Frog Bookstore. The latter location will hold a book signing with Pollard and Tanner on April 5 from 7-9 p.m. Call 575-2665 for more information. Dolly’s Bookstore will hold a signing on April 15 from 3-5 p.m. For more information about that event, call 649-8062.
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