Alyson Schafer: The Good Mom Myth (Old)

Alyson Schafer is a psychotherapist and internationally acclaimed parenting expert. She is the “Ask an Expert” columnist for Today’s Parent Magazine and sits on the Health Advisory Board for Chatelaine Magazine. Alyson is also the best-selling author of three parenting books published by John Wiley and Sons: Breaking the Good Mom Myth, Honey, I Wrecked The Kids, and her latest Ain’t Misbehavin’.

Alyson is a highly sought after speaker who presents at conferences and for corporations around the globe. She recently spoke at the inaugural TEDxKids in Brussels, Belgium.

Alyson has pioneered parenting in social media. She was a panelist at this years Social Media conference and engages parents on Twitter, Facebook, her own parenting blog, as well as guest expert blog posts.

Currently, Alyson is the parenting expert for The Bank of Montreal’s “SmartSteps for Parents” program. She has been the spokesperson for a variety of PR campaigns and is the Canadian media’s go-to parenting authority. Alyson has appeared on such shows as Montel Williams, Canada AM, CTV news, The Marilyn Show, Steven and Chris, BT, Save Us From Our House, and has hosted six seasons of The Parenting Show. You can find Alyson quoted in such magazines as Cosmopolitan, Parent Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Today’s Parent, Canadian Family, Oh Baby, and more.

Check out her website:

Her first book and best seller, Breaking the Good Mom Myth has been translated into Russian, Korean and Spanish.

About her book, Breaking the Good Mom Myth:

If you’re overwhelmed by pressure to be a perfect mom and worry about ensuring you are providing the best childhood possible, then this book is a must read eye-opener.

After working with so many keen, well-intentioned mothers, Alyson discovered 8 fatal myths that undermined the desire to create a wonderful childhood for their kin. In each chapter Alyson debunks a long standing motherhood myth, and offers up alternative pragmatic advice and parenting tips to help every family reach their full potential.


  • Introduction – Today’s Good Mother
  • Myth: Self-Care is Selfish
  • Myth: My Children are a Reflection of Me
  • Myth: My Marriage Can Wait
  • Myth: Good Mother’s Are All-Caring and All -Protecting
  • Myth: Good Mother’s are in Control
  • Myth: Good Mother’s Manage Sibling Conflict
  • Myth: Only the Best Education for My Child
  • Myth: Good Mothers Make Life Fun and Entertaining
  • Conclusion