Endorsements 2016-12-02T22:21:48+00:00

Praise for Soul Mothers’ Wisdom

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“Soul Mothers’ Wisdom”

This is a fine book full of support for single parents who have to face the job
 of raising children alone, and having to share them with another caregiver
 when they return to work. I would advise all single mothers to read it.
T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., 
Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus at Harvard Medical School
, developer of the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale
, author of more than 30 books on child development
, former host of Emmy-award-winning TV show, What Every Baby Knows
The responsibilities of single mothers can be daunting. “Soul Mothers’ Wisdom” provides inspiring counsel to help them flourish. The stories and insights provide unique resources that will foster a stronger sense of self and more fluid access to inner resources. Practical and eminently readable, “Soul Mothers’ Wisdom” offers a path for single mothers—and fathers—to reclaim their identities, and improve the lives of those who depend on them.
Jeffrey K. Zeig, Ph.D., director, The Milton Erickson Foundation
Bette Freedson has written a winner in “Soul Mothers’ Wisdom”. 
Her numerous insights and suggestions—gleaned from her own experience as a single mother
 as well as her years of practicing psychotherapy—are infused with compassion and wisdom.
 Her goal is to have women not just survive single parenting but instead thrive,
 and she succeeds wonderfully. “Soul Mothers’ Wisdom” is thus the go-to guidebook 
for anyone navigating these often-confusing and painful waters.
J. Wesley Boyd, M.D., Ph.D.
, author, Almost Addicted
, faculty member in psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Bette Freedson provides lucid guidance in the form of a coherent, workable program 
that shows the reader how to rob the boogey man of his power to scare, victimize
 and stress women into believing that one person cannot do a two-person job.
Self-care is not always easy to come by in the often harried existence of the single mother. Yet the gentleness of Bette’s yes, you can and the guidance she provides to an inner oasis can seem attainable. Not only that, but she highlights authenticity in a way that is quite miraculous by showing that meditation as a coping skill can be brought to the even deeper level of trusting intuition. In Bette’s able hands, the concept of psychic power—getting 
to know what your psyche is yelling at or whispering to you—would seem within reach 
even to the novice…
The phrase ‘Soul Mother’ does not seem like a cliche as it might, but rather
a vast ocean of potential healing. The reader may not at first buy, but cannot deny, 
that Bette demonstrates how having ‘outrageous faith’ allows us to find gifts 
embedded in our problems. She is a role model par excellence, and has written a book 
that will be dog-eared by those who are willing to learn and practice what her experience, wisdom, intelligence, humor, kindness and enthusiasm has manifest.
 This book could pertain to anyone.
Helen Adrienne, LCSW, BCD
, author, On Fertile Ground: Healing Infertility
Bette Freedson has written an empowering and inspiring workbook for the single mother
 that will serve both as a trusted guide and a wise companion. Every chapter contains 
useful tips and important questions to reflect upon which, if truly engaged,
 will foster the psychospiritual evolution of the reader, enabling her to transform
 the inevitable challenges and hardships of single motherhood into blessings.
Freedson has intimate knowledge of the territory of which she writes,
 both from a personal and professional perspective. This allows her to go directly
 to the heart of the matter, and inspires trust in the reader.
 It’s hard to continue to feel overwhelmed and alone when you read a book like this;
 rather you will feel encouraged, as well as connected to Spirit and the human family. 
Highly recommended.
Judy Tsafrir, M.D., 
holistic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst
, Harvard Medical School faculty member, 
Newton, MA
Soul Mothers’ Wisdom shines with abundant hope, encouragement, inspiring stories, manageable and memorable tools, powerful affirmations and opportunities for personal reflection. Single moms, come dip your cup into the life-affirming well of Soul Mothers’ Wisdom. Draw up the inspiration, the peace and the guidance that flows in these healing waters. You can drink in the truth that together you and your children can grow strong, resilient, joyful and whole. Liquid light will lift you as you embrace your new life. Soul Mothers’ Wisdom is indeed a healing gift.
Michele Tamaren, 
Author, presenter, mentor. 
ExtraOrdinary: An End of Life Story Without End
As an educator, I particularly found the parenting advice on dealing with stress,
 building self esteem, and handling misbehavior to be on target and helpful.
 Single mothers will find this inspirational book to be a valuable resource!
Rich Weinfeld
, Author
“Soul Mothers’ Wisdom” is not your usual ‘how to’ book. It gives real-life examples
 of single mothers coping with their situations. In a lovely narrative style and using 
concise tips, Bette Freedson outlines the steps that individual ‘Soul Mothers’ took
 and others can take to succeed as single parents. “Soul Mothers’ Wisdom” 
is both readable and useful.
Dr. Selma Miller
, Former president of the N.Y. chapter of
 the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapists,
 former member of the National Board of 
the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapists
In telling the stories of a diverse group of women in “Soul Mothers’ Wisdom”,
 Bette Freedson reminds us that being a single parent is just one attribute of a full person.
 As single parents many of us feared we were wreaking havoc on our child or children.
 Freedson reminds us of the possive attributes we can bring to our parenting and to our children by finding the silver lining and coming to a place of acceptance and joy.
 She releases readers to find their souls in the midst of their circumstances. 
While that may look and feel different for different women, the touchstone is that
 ‘I’m a single parent and I am going to write the script for my children and myself.
You can see in Freedson’s writing that she is a therapist in the best ways.
 In Soul Mothers’ Wisdom you will find a gentleness and an all-loving mother
in the way Freedson reaches out her arms and says ‘you will be great, you’ll turn out OK!
Sue Mead, Award-winning author, adventurer and photojournalist, Globally renowned female four-wheel driver, Member of the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame
 and single mother!
Bette Freedson has written an enormously useful book on single parenting.
As an expert clinician, she has illustrated her suggestions about single parenting
with real life clinical cases. But most important, she describes her own experiences
from shock and despair through adaptation after successful adaptation.
This book gives advice and hope to so many overwhelmed parents traveling the same path.
A must read!
Jack Weltner, M.D., child & family therapist 
international lecturer on family therapy
 author, A Structural Approach to the Single Parent Family
For twenty-six years I’ve had a solo general practice of Osteopathic medicine. This has taught me and continues to teach me that the body’s inherent mechanism has the wisdom and potency to heal. In Soul Mothers’ Wisdom, Bette Freedson has given a flexible road map to access this soul’s sparkle, the spirit of one’s truth, the psychic intuitive wisdom and the realization of inner peace. This is a gift that will last forever and is useful to everyone. It transcends so-called self-help books, for it allows one to see the truth that life’s friction gives us direction and is the centripetal force that keeps us on the spiral path.
Tim Kingsbury, D.O., Kittery, ME