After finding out her un-wed daughter was pregnant, she had a meltdown that ultimately freed her from her "helicopter parenting" ways. I think it would be safe to say that every single mother (and father) has felt the pressures of being the perfect parent, but as Dena found out, it becomes an un-healthy desire when your self-worth is tied to your children.
I wouldn't describe this book as a self-help book, although I did find myself tabbing over pages as "things to remember" and/or because I related to what she was saying in some way. She even included a simple "Yes/No" questionaire at the end of her book for readers to take to find out if they too are a "Chopper Mom." If you are a "Chopper Mom," don't worry... you are not alone.
Every generation has had its unique parenting challenges. She expresses her concern over today's "all about me and my feelings" society. So where do you go for help, "like my mother and her mother before and her mother before her... On [her] knees." As Dena writes, "if you think no one is appreciating you... be assured, I do. I love, adore, and admire you. Take better care of yourself. Give permission to say no. Give yourself permission to breathe."
I was provided with a free copy of this book to provide an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.