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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Rene Syler  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: @ Scott Air Force Base in O'Fallon, Illinois

-- Rene Syler on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Ms. Syler was born in O'Fallon Illinois at Scott Air Force Base.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ms. Syler has been anchor of CBS News the Early Show since October 2002.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Good-Enough Mother: The Perfectly Imperfect Book of Parenting
ISBN: 1416955291

Gallery Books. 2008

For every woman who's passed off store-bought cakes as her own at the school bake sale comes an honest look at motherhood.

In an ideal world, mothers would have time to hand-sew their kids' costumes for the school play, prepare all-organic meals, and volunteer in the classroom at the drop of a hat. In reality, most moms have to settle for plopping their little ones in front of SpongeBob so that they can prepare yet another chicken nugget-based dinner, guiltily convinced they're falling down on the job.

In Good-Enough Mother, René Syler shares how she learned to chuck perfection for practicality. She shows other women seeking to balance family, work, and some semblance of a personal life how to happily join the ranks of good-enough mothers who occasionally serve breakfast for dinner yet give their children plenty of what really matters -- love, time, and support.

Whether it's dealing with annoying Super-Moms, bluffing through a third grader's math homework, or coping with the words that strike terror into every parent's heart ("Your son's teacher on line one"), the welcome empathy and sage advice of Good-Enough Mother will have every modern mom laughing in relief and recognition.

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