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    1. Down Came the Rain : My Journey
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    1. Down Came the Rain : My Journey Through Postpartum Depression
    by Brooke Shields
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    Asin: 1401301894
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-03)
    Publisher: Hyperion
    Sales Rank: 612967
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    In this compelling memoir, Brooke Shields talks candidly about her experience with postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter, and provides millions of women with an inspiring example of recovery.

    When Brooke Shields welcomed her newborn daughter, Rowan Francis, into the world, something unexpected followed-a crippling depression. Now, for the first time ever, in Down Came the Rain, Brooke talks about the trials, tribulations, and finally the triumphs that occurred before, during, and after the birth of her daughter.

    In what is sure to strike a chord with the millions of women who suffer from depression after childbirth, America's sweetheart Brooke Shields shares how she, too, battled this debilitating condition that is widely misunderstood, despite the fact that it affects many new mothers. She discusses the illness in the context of her life, including her struggle to get pregnant, the high expectations she had for herself and that others placed on her as a new mom, and the role of her husband, friends, and family as she struggled to attain her maternal footing in the midst of a disabling depression. And, ultimately, Brooke shares how she found a way out through talk therapy, medication, and time.

    Exhibiting an informed voice and a self-deprecating sense of humor, this first memoir from a woman who has grown up before the eyes of the world is certain to attract the attention and empathy of many new mothers and fans alike. ... Read more

    2. What to Expect When You're Expecting, Third Edition
    by Heidi E. Murkoff, Heidi Murkoff, Sandee E. Hathaway
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    Asin: 0761121323
    Catlog: Book (2002-04-01)
    Publisher: Workman Publishing
    Sales Rank: 231
    Average Customer Review: 2.95 out of 5 stars
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    Eighteen years after it first hit the shelves and having sold more than 10 million copies, What to Expect When You're Expecting is still on nearly every mother-to-be's reading list. This completely revised and updated edition is packed with answers to hundreds of questions and worries expectant parents may have. The information is presented in a month-by-month format starting with planning a pregnancy and choosing a practitioner, and follows through to six weeks after delivery. Each chapter begins with an explanation of what to expect at a particular month's prenatal visit and a brief description of how mom and baby are growing and changing before getting to the heart of the matter: What You May Be Concerned About. Topics are presented as questions ranging from "Should I be taking vitamins?" to "What if I forget everything I learn in childbirth education class?" to "Will I be able to breastfeed?" The answers are generally reassuring and provide enough information to soothe a worried mom between prenatal visits. Despite the reassuring answers, however, the sheer volume of worries discussed may alarm an otherwise calm mom-to-be.

    The book also features a complete nutrition plan (though many women may find it difficult to follow), a special chapter just for expectant dads, and extensive information about dealing with minor illnesses, chronic conditions, and pregnancy complications. What to Expect has guided countless women through their pregnancies and makes an informative addition to the mainstream pregnancy and childbirth bookshelf. --Jennifer Lindsay ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Pregnancy Book By Far
    When we got pregnant, we bought and read something like 15 books. This one was the best by far.

    I can think of at least three reasons this book has sold so many copies.

    1> It's professional. A lot of books try too hard to be funny or cute. WTE is not humorless, but it deals with subject matter in a refreshingly straightforward way. The advice and help given echoes what our doctors have said and, in fact, answered most of our questions before we even saw our Obstetritian (no, it's not a substitute). It is quite astounding how many pregnancy books are written by fashion magazine editors or talk show writers; they sound exactly like they were written for a fashion magazine or talk show.

    2> It's complete. Got a question about diet, medication, flu shots, cat ownership, false labor, vitamin supplements, cramps, ultrasound, breastfeeding or how to judge your OB/GYN? It's in here, along with tons of other stuff we didn't think about until we came across it here.

    Just about every pregnancy book and magazine uses the "What Nobody Will Tell You" tagline. Once you've read this book, there will be very few surprises left. There isn't a topic that isn't touched on and most are covered in depth. That's not to say this is the only book you need, but it goes a long, long way.

    3> It isn't judgemental. There are a ton of books out there that are weight obsessed, make assumptions about single parents, and/or skirt some issues that some consider controversal. This book assumes you can make up your own mind once you're presented with all the information. I'm thinking specifically about the decision to have amniocentesis our geneticist said it was "a good idea but not necessary" and OB/GYN said "there were risks but it is not a bad idea". This book wasn't a replacement for our doctors, but it gave us a lot of really useful information without taking a side.


    Like I said, there are a ton of pregnancy books out there. Just about all of the ones we read were redundant when we held it up next to WTE. And it's pretty shocking how many pregnancy books we found to be completly WORTHLESS! I don't want to name names, and I've already written a couple of negative reviews, but I'm thinking particularly of the ones full of Erma Bombeck-esque anecdotes about La Maz classes, the "staying chic while you're pregnant" fashion mag type, the old-fashioned preachy church lady books, or--worst of all--the "nutrition" books that focused almost entirely on weight. Some of these books are written by people with no medical qualifications at all!

    My advice is to feel free to pick up one of those books if you're looking for some comic relief or if your specific pregnancy may need a supplement (I'm thinking specifically of things like fertility problems, or problem pregnancies; WTE gives a lot of good information on this stuff, but might not be enough).

    Either way, BUY THIS BOOK!! Even if you're not pregnant yet, you're missing out on an excellent reference if you don't.

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    As an aside, I was pretty shocked to read the reviews that complained about WTE containing a lot of information on rare pregnancy situations, saying that such information was "scary" and "unnecessary". WTE gives plenty of information on what is serious as opposed to what is a false alarm. Nobody PLANS on having a troubled pregnancy, aren't you better off knowing what's involved and how to detect and prevent such things?

    I suppose for some people ignorance is bliss, but I'm MUCH happier being prepared.

    What To Expect While You're Expecting isn't the only useful pregnancy book out there, but it is the best and it will be the standard for years to come.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Some useful information, but better guides are out there
    Like many people, I bought this book at the beginning of my pregnancy because I had vaguely remembered seeing the book before and assuming it must be pretty good.
    Unfortunately, even though this book has gone through multiple editions, the information and tone of the book has changed little. I figured this out by reading other books, and while the information in the book was fairly progressive in the early 80's when it was originally written, many changes have taken place in ob/gyn practice and pregnancy care since then so many things are outdated.
    The diet and weigth gain information in particular is unrealistic (the most recent edition has revised this info. so it may be more realistic than it was in the past.) There is no need to eat solely whole grains - folic acid supplements are commonplace in cereals and white grains and have been used since 1998. Also there is no correlation between many pregnancy complications and eating habits/weight gain (with gestational diabetes being one major exception), which the book implies in some of the question and answer sections. The hormones of pregnancy play a MUCH bigger factor in the development of pregnancy complications, which makes sense when you think about how dramatically the levels are changing in your body. Most of this information is either in the medical literature or inferred through it so it is troubling that the authors are ignoring the facts and resorting to finger-wagging and scare tactics for mothers-to-be.

    Also the delivery section seems outdated but since I haven't delivered yet I don't have any first-hand experience. There is little to no mention of doulas or other "alternative" birthing procedures which are available and offered at the hospital where I'm due to deliver!
    I would recommend a more recently updated pregnancy guide which has more information on alternative birthing methods and de-emphasizes diet and weight gain issues. The book supplied by my OB/GYN's office which is put out by the Association of OB/GYNs (it has a pink background cover) was the best overall source I read. There was MUCH more balanced and non-judgemental information presented, and gave more realistic information I have used throughout my pregnancy so far.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great For Beginners
    This is a great all-around baby book for first-time Moms and Dads, from month-by-month developmental charts to when to call the doctor and when to relax and wait. Best alternatives are Sears and Leach, or you can pick from conservative to liberal books on child behavior or books on Dads or single parenting. My favorite recent book on parenting is "I Sleep At Red Lights: A True Story of Life After Triplets," by Bruce Stockler, which captures the incredible chaos, joy, anxiety and humor in being a parent--and making priorities. Also loved Annie Lamott's "Operating Instructions" (although some women I know object to her bizarre background.)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Even "thinking" parents need reassurance sometimes
    We are halfway through our first pregnancy. Four months ago, we bought this book, along with Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn (Simkin) and Your Pregnancy Week-by-Week book (Curtis). Of the three, we like Simkin's book best, and Curtis's book the least. The What to Expect book, while not as informative as the Simkin's book, is in our opinion very good.

    Many of the things the other reviewers said about this book are true: the authors' diet suggestions border on the fanatical (it seems as if they are writing for obese parents-to-be), and the tone of the book is definitely patronizing. The amount of knowledge about the biological aspects of pregnancy is also minimal---the book is very light on technical terms and diagrams.

    However, if you click on the image of the book at the top of the screen, you will notice a sentence that highlights the strongest point of the book: "...reassuringly answers the concerns of mothers- and father-to-be." We couldn't agree more.

    Several times throughout the pregnancy, my wife has had various symptoms that, while quite normal, were alarming for a first-time pregnant couple. Neither of the other two books said very much about these symptoms, but the What to Expect book reassuringly and accurately helped us evaluate whether the symptoms were anything to worry about. Examples are: Is extreme fatigue a sign of danger? Are nosebleeds anything to worry about? What about abdominal cramps during the second trimester? In most cases, the What to Expect was the best book of the three, allowing us to quickly find these concerns in the index, and read about them at length.

    Most importantly, the What to Expect book described the symptoms in sufficient detail to allow us to distinguish them from the truly serious.

    In short: there are many problems with this book. The month-by-month organization is not very useful, and there just isn't very much information about the biological aspects of pregnancy (Simkin's books provide that information very well). Sometimes, though, some of us just need to put that little bit of worry in our heads to rest. And this book helped us do just that.

    On a side note, I noticed that many reviewers accused this book of being alarmist. I found that the Curtis book was much more alarmist than the What to Expect book. Curtis's book might as well be named "What Could Be Wrong with Your Pregnancy Week-by-Week." The What to Expect book at least groups the most fear-inspiring stuff towards the end, in a separate chapter.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book, couldn't have done it without it!
    I'm not too sure what all the negative comments are about regarding this book because I think it is wonderful. If you're a first-time mom, this book explains absolutely everything you're experiencing. If you have difficulties, before you run and call your ob, check out this book first. Plus, it really tells you when and when not to worry, and when to call the doctor if there's a problem. I really could not have been without this book. I used it throughout my entire pregnancy and was extremely grateful that I had purchased it. It makes a great shower gift or just a new announcement of someone who is expecting. It offers guidelines on nutrition but it's best to follow your doctor's advice. You don't want to gain too much weight but you have to be sure to eat things that are healthy and not potato chips. Ginger snaps are awesome in helping getting rid of morning sickness. No herbal tea though! There's tons of helpful advice in this book and it really is a great resource especially for new moms. I just loved it! ... Read more

    3. SIGN with your BABY Complete Learning Kit: US DVD Version, Book, Training Video (DVD), Quick Reference Guide
    by Joseph Garcia
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    Asin: 1932354018
    Catlog: Book (2004-07)
    Publisher: Northlight Communications
    Sales Rank: 8627
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    The Complete Learning Kit-US DVD Version - includes the SIGN with your BABY Book, Training Video (DVD), and Quick Reference Guide (total of 3 component products) bundled together in one box. ... Read more

    4. Supernanny : How to Get the Best from Your Children
    by Jo Frost
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    Asin: 1401308104
    Catlog: Book (2005-01-12)
    Publisher: Hyperion
    Sales Rank: 208
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    For despairing moms and dads everywhere, "Supernanny" Jo Frost may as well be wearing a Wonder Woman costume. Her no-nonsense rules--not tips, not advice, but rules--for consistently managing one's offspring leave no room for arguments (or wrestling matches). From her arms-akimbo stance on the book's cover, it's clear she's in charge, and ready to instruct all wishy-washy (overworked American) parents how to lay down the law in their own home. She offers her "top ten rules" for setting boundaries, managing mealtimes, even surviving toilet training, and it's mostly rock-solid, and peppered liberally with British wit. (For parents who obsess over their toddler's every meal, she warns: "It doesn't take long for them to work out the obvious: you can't make them eat.") Frost may not have a degree in child development, but she was raised in a stable, doting family, and has 15 years' experience taking care of tots, a combination which puts her way ahead of most parents. She may be firm, but by setting definite boundaries, she sets the stage for parenting to be more of a "joy" and much less of a "slog." You can raise your sippy cups to that. --Erica Jorgensen ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Probably not the best parenting resource out there
    I was given Supernanny as a gift from my brother.I'm still wondering why he chose this particular resource.I found it over simplistic and very limited.I think the author presents a few good ideas, but it does not seem to address the big picture of parenting.I felt as if Jo Frost's rules were simply not applicable to the parenting challenges we are facing.I'd like to think that there is more to parenting, more to family interactions, than the ideas advanced in this book.If Jo's suggestions do not work as suggested - and they do not seem to be - is the parent not applying the rule or combination of rules hard enough?This book seems to set parents up for failure - it gives some suggestions but does not back them up or explore them in any detail whatsoever (leaving the parent vulnerable and exposed when things do not go as planned).I feel as if Supernanny is very, very narrow in its scope and depth.I will be returning it to my brother and looking elsewhere for a more complete parenting resource.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great concepts, but nothing original from show
    I love the Supernanny techniques, and they work great...but this book offers no more solutions than the show.So, if you've seen at least 3 episodes of Supernanny, you've pretty much seen it all.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Book vs. Show
    I was somewhat disappointed in this book.I felt that after watching the tv show I already knew the stuff that was in the book.I was looking for more.If you watch Supernanny's show the book is pretty much a waste of money unless you need it constantly at hand.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best parenting book I've read
    We read and tried, Happiest Toddler on the Block (OK), Strong-Willed Child (horrible), Magic 1-2-3 (OK), and two Rosemond books(both mediocre.) This is the BEST and easiest to implement. We have a strong-willed 2.5 yr.old and have been at our wits end trying to control her behavior while still building her self-esteem and self-confidence. This book has totally improved all our lifes. It really works!Everything in this book has worked.In just one week we have seen the benefits.A better behaved, loving child and quality time for my husband and I. Just last week we had an appointment with a child Psychologist to help us with our daughter. We recommended he read this book. Thank God for Jo Frost. The TV show is an added benefit - free video demonstrating the techniques!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone who deals with children
    I fell into a job where I work with kids. This book has an extreme help in teaching me to deal with the children. The "three strikes you're out" method works really well. It also teaches you what you can expect from the different ages. I have found this book to be an invaluable tool. ... Read more

    5. Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth
    by Jenny McCarthy
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    Asin: 073820949X
    Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
    Publisher: Da Capo Press
    Sales Rank: 727
    Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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    Brimming with the author's signature frankness and humor, a no-holds-barred account of what you can really expect when you're expecting.

    Oh, the joys of pregnancy! There's the gasiness, constipation, queasiness, and exhaustion; the forgetfulness, crankiness, and the constant worry. Of course, no woman is spared these discomforts and humiliations, but most are too polite to complain or too embarrassed to talk about them. Not Jenny McCarthy!

    In Belly Laughs, the actress and new mother reveals the naked truth about the tremendous mood swings, the excruciating pains, and the unseemly disfigurement that go along with pregnancy. Never shy, frequently crude, and always laugh-out-loud funny, McCarthy covers it all in the grittiest of girlfriend detail. With tips and hilarious musings on morning sickness and hormonal rage, hemorrhoids, pregnant sex, and the torture and sweet relief that is delivery, Belly Laughs is must-read comic relief for anyone who is pregnant, who has ever been pregnant, is trying to get pregnant or indeed, has ever been born! ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The the truth about pregnancy - a funny must read!
    Jenny, you rock! I have always been a big fan of yours. A friend (who is not even pregnant and has no kids, but loved the book)sent this book to me and my hubby read through it in no time, laughing so hard together at the truth and frankness. We are 7 months pregnant and find that from family and friend you just hear the cleaned up cutesy version of what pregnancy is all about. But Jenny gives it to you real, with the funniest book on pregnancy I have ever read. It is nice to get away from the technical guides with all the negative chapters, and just have a good laugh at the crazy stuff you are going through. The chapter titles alone are worth reading because she sums each symptom up with 2 or 3 word titles. My favorite chapter titles were "The Blue Twinkies" and "Niagra Falls" - but you will have to read it to know what these are about. I highly reccommend this book, what a great shower gift too. Thank you Jenny!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read Book For Any Pregnant Woman
    I heard about this book from the Sharon Osborne show, searched everywhere,looking for a Jenny Mc Carthy website to find out how I could get the book, but found nothing. I even e-mailed Sharon Osborne! But no response:( Finally I found out the release date and counted down the days to get it on opening day. Let me tell you, I was the first to get this book in my town. I have read all the pregnancy books there is, but this one is the best. Being a young mother-to-be, it is helping to show me "how it really is going to be." Everything that she went through, I went through and am going through to a "T." I absolutely love this book and HIGHLY recomend it to people who aren't afraid to hear it how it is, not some technical terms. Hey, we're all not doctors, so why read all the other books that have technical terms and sugar-coat pregnancy? I can't express through words how this book has helped me along the way so far, and I guarentee it will help you; by making you literally laugh out loud crying because your cheeks hurt from laughing so hard. It will bring laughter to your stressed-out, mood-swinging, grumpy all the time self. I can't say enough about this book. It is my pregnancy bible, and I am so glad it came out before I'm due to have my son (May 18th!) So, GO GET THIS BOOK! YOU WON'T REGRET IT! IT IS WORTH EVERY PENNY! And thankyou Jenny Mc Carthy for writing the best pregnancy book EVER! Oh, and to the people who find this book offensive or disrespectful: It is the 21st century, and if your not comfortable with your body and are too afraid to talk about it, then yeah your right this book isn't for you. But I must add that she wrote this to tell you how it is, being very blunt, and not beating around the bush. This is how she is and if you can't handle the truth, then you're right, don't buy it.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but nothing special.
    Let me begin this by saying that I've always found Jenny McCarthy funny.

    That aside, this book could have been so much better. Yes, it's refreshing to see a pregnancy book that discusses topics conveniently left out of most others. It just seemed like she threw the entire thing together in an afternoon. Or less. As I read each chapter, I kept hoping she would have written more or expanded on her experience.

    Overall, it was very disappointing. I expected much more from her. Maybe the next one will be better.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Belly Laughs if Full of Laughs
    I would start by saying the only negative thing is that the book isn't that long. I read it in one sitting at the park. McCarthy does an excellent job of telling it like it is and not holding back. If you're pregnant, considering it, a parent and are looking to laugh out loud this book is for you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the few pregnancy books I could stomach (literally)
    Belly Laughs is one of the few pregnancy books I could stomach -- literally. Most will either scare you to death or bore you to death. Thank you for saving me from those two fates, Jenny! ... Read more

    6. What to Expect the First Year, Second Edition
    by Heidi Murkoff, Sandee Hathaway, Arlene Eisnberg
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    Asin: 0761129588
    Catlog: Book (2003-10-16)
    Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
    Sales Rank: 274
    Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars
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    America's bestselling guide to caring for a baby is now better than ever: announcing a two-years-in-the-making, cover-to-cover, line-by-line revision and update of the 6.9-million-copy What to Expect the First Year, the bible for taking care of a newborn through the milestone of his or her first birthday.

    The Second Edition incorporates the most recent developments in pediatric medicine. Every question and answer have been revisited, and in response to letters from readers, dozens of new Q&As have been added. The book is more reader-friendly than ever, with updated cultural references, and the new material brings more in-depth coverage to issues such as newborn screening, home births and the resulting at-home newborn care, vitamins and vaccines, milk allergies, causes of colic, sleep problems, SIDS, returning to work, dealing with siblings, weaning, sippy cups, the expanded role of the father, and much more. An updated cover and all-new black-and-white line illustrations complement the fresher book with a fresher look.
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    2-0 out of 5 stars disappointing and sloppy
    I bought What to Expect When You're Expecting and loved it, so I got this book when my daughter was born, but it has not lived up to its predecessor. I find things are not consistent throughout the book -- what on one page they say the kid will be doing at 7 months, later they say they will be doing it at 8 months. This happens often, more so toward the latter half of the first year. They seem to change the ages halfway through -- in the beginning, "the first month" means from birth up to one month; later "the seventh month" seems to mean from the seventh up to the eighth month. They also use the ability to pay attention to or pick up a raisin as a benchmark of your child's development, but later the book explicitly advises against feeding your infant raisins (choking hazard)! The book is almost militant about diet -- whole grains only, absolutely no salt or sugar (this would rule out the number-one baby food, Cheerios!). Not practical for the real mother. However I was most upset by their treatment of homosexuality (in a footnote): "Boys who display feminine traits early in childhood, like to play with dolls, and avoid rough sports are more likely to become homosexual ... These boys become estranged from their fathers, and, it is speculated, may ever hunger for male love ... professional consultation may be a good idea." I was flipping to the copyright page after this, expecting to see a date from the 1950s, but this book was copyrighted most recently in 1996. Bottom line: While some of the information here is useful, you can get it elsewhere. Pick another book.

    2-0 out of 5 stars good reference but major flaws
    This is a good parenting book to have in your library but it should definitely not be the only one. All parenting books have their own bias about co-sleeping and breastfeeding and this one was definitely biased against co-sleeping at all and breastfeeding after the 9th month or so. When I first brought my baby home from the hospital, the only way she would get a decent night's sleep is to sleep with us. Otherwise she cried and fussed the entire night. After two months she was ready to sleep in a cradle but initially we had to adjust our parenting style to include co-sleeping because it was the only thing that would comfort our daughter. If this was the only parenting book I owned I probably would've felt incredibly guilty about having done this--the section of this book that addresses co-sleeping has nothing but negative things to say about it. I found "Good Nights" and "Gentle Baby Care" (perhaps because they were written by attachment parenting advocates) to be very thorough about the topic, with plenty of practical advice.

    As noted by other reviewers the book also contains some misleading information about breastfeeding and seems to assume that you'll begin weaning sooner than currently recommended by the govt.

    I also found this book to be very poorly organized. Because all babies develop according to their own schedule, it doesn't really make sense to have much of the information organized chronologically. I read "What to Expect When You're Expecting" when I was pregnant and they advised you in the beginning not to "read ahead" so I was doing the same with this book until I realized that it wasn't answering most of my questions! I needed a babysitter when my daughter was two months but for some reason that section was stashed in the third month section! Why? So now I have read into the 10-month section even though my daughter is only 3.5 months because I'm wondering if there are other tidbits of information hidden away in there. And I expect I'll have to reread it all again when she's actually 10 months.

    Finally, there was some conflicting information. I'm thinking of the alcohol and breastfeeding references in particular. At various points in the book it says to (a) have a single drink rarely if at all and then to wait two hours before nursing if you do have a drink, (b) have a drink just before nursing to "relax", (c) consult a doctor if you find yourself unable to stop at two drinks a day (what happened to the "rare" drink?!). And finally, it referenced no actual studies about the effects of alcohol on a nursing baby. For such a serious topic, it seemed amazing to me that they could have included so much conflicting information and no scientific backup.

    And finally, as someone who is using cloth diapers, I was put off by the offhand remark that (to paraphrase) "in your mother's day, diapers were cleaned and boiled and reused and now people simply throw their diapers away." There is a significant percentage of people who actually use cloth diapers but to read this section you would never know it! This was just one of many cases of the authors assuming that everyone does or should do things their way.

    All that said, the book did include good information about safety issues and child development and for these reasons I'm glad to have it on hand. The authors must seriously revise this book, however, for future editions.

    4-0 out of 5 stars you get what you expect!
    This is THE book you want to read if you're a first time parent and don't have much experience with babies. You're given very practical explanations on how to deal with your newborn and it helps to solve all the simple troubles you go through everyday, from treating fever and skin rashes to deciding which toy to buy.
    It is very helpful up to 7/8 months of age of your child, then it becomes less accurate.

    2-0 out of 5 stars There are much better books out there!
    I bought this book as a resource for my first child. Although it has some useful information, it is very "middle of the road" and I felt it didn't go in depth enough with research and information I felt to be important. One *huge* area that is lacking is the breastfeeding information. They do not adequately explain the differences between breastfeeding and formula, and recommend weaning a child at 9mo. The AAP recomments nursing for *at least* a year, and the WHO (World Health Organization) recommends at least 2 years. In WTE, the authors indicate that if you don't wean by 9mo, a child will almost assuredly not wean at all or until much much later. This simply is inaccurate at best. Throughtout the book, the book is obviously biased towards a "doctor knows all" point of view. I suppose it's a good book for anyone who would like to know what the average doctor would tell her to do, but it's not a good book for anyone who likes to have a little more information and make her OWN informed choices. No one is perfect, and doctors certainly don't have *all* the information that makes them experts on childrearing in general. This book to me seemed like doctor propaganda.

    Although there is definitely some good info in there, I feel that the biases (especially with regard to nursing) outweight the good that is in this book. I'd save your money on this one and look into other books for specific areas you are interested-- a nursing book for nursing, a child development book for child development, a medical guide for medical issues.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Too much reading for new mom
    I prefer the week by week book instead of the q and a format of this book. I find myself using it as a reference tool sometimes, but have barely used it! The week by week book Dr. Curtis was much more informational. See rating on that book. ... Read more

    7. Mother-Daughter Wisdom : Creating a Legacy of Physical and Emotional Health
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    Catlog: Book (2005-02-22)
    Publisher: Bantam
    Sales Rank: 40028
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    8. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
    by Marc Weissbluth
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    Asin: 0449004023
    Catlog: Book (1999-04-12)
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
    Sales Rank: 330
    Average Customer Review: 4.26 out of 5 stars
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    One of the country's leading researchers updates his revolutionary approach to solving--and preventing--your children's sleep problems

    Here Dr. Marc Weissbluth, a distinguished pediatrician and father of four, offers his groundbreaking program to ensure the best sleep for your child. In Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, he explains with authority and reassurance his step-by-step regime for instituting beneficial habits within the framework of your child's natural sleep cycles. This valuable sourcebook contains brand new research that

    - Pinpoints the way daytime sleep differs from night sleep and why both are important to your child
    - Helps you cope with and stop the crybaby syndrome, nightmares, bedwetting, and more
    - Analyzes ways to get your baby to fall asleep according to his internal clock--naturally
    - Reveals the common mistakes parents make to get their children to sleep--including the inclination to rock and feed
    - Explores the different sleep cycle needs for different temperaments--from quiet babies to hyperactive toddlers
    - Emphasizes the significance of a nap schedule

    Rest is vital to your child's health growth and development. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child outlines proven strategies that ensure good, healthy sleep for every age. Advises parents dealing with teenagers and their unique sleep problems ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Works with twins too
    My 15-month-old twins still weren't sleeping through the night, wouldn't go back to sleep unless in my arms, and were cranky all the time. I was desperate for rest and a full night in my own bed when a friend bought me this book. Imagine my surprise to discover it was written by their new pediatrician. I found the quick-read Action Plans helpful to start with in my sleep-deprived state and made immediate changes from the tips there. Once I read a few chapters, I found out I was doing everything wrong, from keeping them up until they passed out from exhaustion every night, to letting them fall asleep in my arms for every nap. All the statistics and data Dr. Weissbluth included from his research helped me realize how sleep-deprived my poor boys were. Plus the bold, boxed-in Practical Points, hints and warnings were great for quick reference later. I thought the book was a terrific teacher and learned more than just techniques. It educated me about the whole process of sleep, the different types of sleep, and problems surrounding them. Dr. Weissbluth kindly gives options for parents of problem babies who can't tolerate the seeming "cruelty" of his extinction method - but we tried it and I fully recommend it. After three horrible nights of crying (but no less actual sleep for me than usual), the boys settled into their new routine and one month later are sleeping together 10-11 hours through the night 90% of the time and napping together 2-3 hours every day. I've never had so much free time on my hands. They are put in their cribs awake 3 hours earlier every evening now that I've read this book and go to sleep with NO CRYING - I swear. They start the day at the same time as they always did, but now I wake to hear them giggling in the morning instead of crying. And as a bonus, the son I had labeled as colicky, difficult, and fussy is now suddenly eating better, is much less whinny and crabby, and is finally starting to try new things like walking now that he is getting the rest he needs. Thank you Dr. Weissbluth for giving me back my evenings with my husband, and helping me enjoy my wonderful boys during their waking hours. This book is a must have for every parent and I will give it as a baby shower gift from now on.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Try it and see how your child responds!
    When my first child was 5.5 months, I happened upon this book. It is about learning to be an observant parent who understands your child's sleep clues. Yes, every child is different, but we are all human and this book focuses on the very natural human need for sleep and explains natural human sleep cycles (by age group) so it's easier to understand WHEN your child probably will want/need to nap or go down for the night

    This book explains and teaches in a non-dogmatic manner. It suggests questions to ask yourself that are insightful and thought-provoking. It stresses helping your children learn the skill of falling asleep by themselves, which is sometimes tough, but just as important as teaching them to eat by themselves. I learned that sleep is more biological than logical and that some sleep is more restful and restorative than other sleep.

    The two most important lessons I learned: 1) the earlier a child goes to bed at night, the longer she sleeps through the night, and 2) it is possible to put a child down awake and have her not cry before falling asleep on her own. I didn't believe any of this until I tried it! This book helped me understand that by the time my daughter "seemed tired", I had missed her cues, she was overtired, and overtired children have trouble getting to sleep.

    I am not a fan of "cry it out" but I did learn (and could hear) that there's a difference btw "I'm in pain/hurting" crying and "I'm tired" crying. Just as you wouldn't mind if your child cried because you wouldn't let him stick his finger in an electrical socket, I didn't mind when my tired child cried because she didn't want to sleep. A few minutes into her crying (and I mean less than 10 or 15 minutes) she fell fast asleep. Nowadays, she recognizes our "it's time to go to sleep routine" (bathing, reading, rocking) and generally cries less than 2 minutes, if at all.

    This book helped me remember that our kids will cry over many things in their lives . . . but if we parents are doing what's best for our child, some things are worth letting them cry over for a short period of time. Luckily, the crying ends within a day or two, because once you start to recognize the signals of "tired", you can beat the overtired state and put your child to sleep without any crying. It works!!!

    My daughter's personality blossomed when she got two consistent, restful, undisturbed naps a day and started sleeping 10 hours at night. She's happy, smiling and alert. That makes Mom and Dad happy too. There are wonderful lessons to be found in this book . . . happy reading (and sleeping)!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read !!! Start with these strategies right away !!
    I bought this book when my little one was 4 months old. It saved her and us. I only wish I had read the book while I was pregnant. I have since given this book to 3 friends when they had newborns (including twins) and they all followed Dr. Weissbluth's advice and we all have the BEST sleepers. My firends were lucky though to have avoided all the heartache we had after only 4 months of bad habits.

    Dr. Weissbluth is very respectful of parents having different theories and approaches to parenting. He helps you implement healthy sleep habits for children of all ages no matter what your parenting style is.

    The anecdotes are helpful in making you realise you are not alone and these are not just theories someone made up in someone's office.

    We have even avoided common pitfalls when babies go through teething, vaccines, colds etc.

    The book is written in a respectful caring way. You can trust this Dr.'s experience.

    This book is relevant for all familes with babies you and old.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not terribly useful
    I would have to agree with the reviewers who found this book largely baffling and filled with contradictory advice as well as all of the reviewers who noted how terribly written this book is. It does offer useful information on helping your child to nap but also offers contradictory advice in differing sections (sometimes it says checking on your child won't work, elsewhere it says that checking on your child can be fine) and buries key information in chapters that are not relevant (such as the tip that children under 4 months are getting enough sleep if left to their own devices and the even more key point that one should not try to let a 4 month old cry it out). It also repeats tedious, useless phrases far too frequently (it's not logical, but it is biological). I think this book is most useful if either your child already is an easy sleeper and so the suggestions are easy to implement, or if your child is older and its sleep is a disaster and you're desparate for help. Also, the book focuses far too much on disfunction and relies on far too many first person accounts that are not really relevant and are very repetitive.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This has helped my son (and us) so much!
    My son was born 3 weeks early, and also was extremely fussy/colicky. The first 3.5 months were very rough, as he had so much trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep (which I now know is part of the colic) and cried for hours every night (so did I!). My pediatrician recommended this book to me and said "this is THE book on a child's sleep - don't pay attention to anything else". Well, I read the first section all about healthy sleep, and then turned to the section that is age specific. He explains so much about healthy sleep, and explains some different ways to get them to sleep through the night, and nap well. Two weeks before I started back to work again (he was 4 mo.) I began Dr. Weissbluth's program to get him to sleep through the night. It was tough, because I chose the extinction method (which is allowing him to cry and not respond) so emotionally I had a hard time with that for the first week. After 2 weeks, he was sleeping through the night, with minimal crying when I put him down. What he explains is that we are allowing some crying for the greater good, which is that your child must learn to go to sleep & stay asleep on his own. The end goal is good sleep and rest for the child AND the rest of the family. This is just the first of MANY times that I did what I knew was best for him, even if he didn't like it! (My child still didn't nap well until 7 mo., but that's common too with babies who've been colicky). Now he's 7.5 months, and a HAPPY, affectionate, responsive, inquisitive little guy, and we are ALL much more rested. BUY THIS BOOK! I've given it as gifts to 3 people already and am buying more. ... Read more

    9. Early Bird : A Memoir of Premature Retirement
    by Rodney Rothman
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    Asin: 0743242173
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-26)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Sales Rank: 213
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Everyone says they would like to retire early, but Rodney Rothman actually did it -- forty years early. Burnt out, he decides at the age of twenty-eight to get an early start on his golden years. He travels to Boca Raton, Florida, where he moves in with an elderly piano teacher at Century Village, a retirement village that is home to thousands of senior citizens.

    Early Bird is an irreverent, hilarious, and ultimately warmhearted account of Rodney's journey deep into the heart of retirement. Rodney struggles for acceptance from the senior citizens he shares a swimming pool with, and battles with cranky octogenarians who want him off their turf. The day-to-day dealings begin to wear on him. Before long he observes, "I don't think Tuesdays with Morrie would have been quite so uplifting if that guy had to spend more than one day a week with Morrie."

    Rodney throws himself into the spirit of retirement, fashioning a busy schedule of suntanning, shuffleboard, and gambling cruises. As the months pass, his neighbors seem to forget that he is fifty years younger than they are. He finds himself the potential romantic interest of an aging femme fatale. He joins a senior softball club and is disturbed to learn that he is the worst player on the team.For excitement he rides along with a volunteer police officer on his patrols, hunting for crime. But even the criminals in his community seem to have retired.

    Early Bird is a funny, insightful, and moving look at what happens to us when we retire, viewed from a remarkably premature perspective. Any reader who plans on becoming an old person will enjoy joining Rodney on his strange journey, as he reconsiders his notions of romance, family, friendship, and ultimately, whether he's ever going back to work. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Existentialist in Florida

    This is a profoundly depressing, insightful and refreshing book. Sure it's all gussied up as uproarious by the marketing drones. But its messages are all downers.Not that there is anything wrong with that, of course: I highly recommend it.

    Rothman is an observant 28 year old, burned out and jobless, who escapes to Florida to get a head start on retirement.He expects older people to have 'figured it out' -- to be wise and inspiring -- kind of like the Morrie character in "Tuesdays with ... ." (Rothman's expectations, not my characterization of them.) Instead he finds ... nothing in particular.Near death, people are still searching, seeking, angst-ridden, horny, hopeless and hapless.Kinda like how one is at 28.

    The book strikes you on several levels:First: it's a warning not to expect too much wisdom from elders.Go seeking advice from an elderly person and you're going to get a particular person's take on life -- a take that has been sharpened and narrowed over the years. (Obvious, buttragic.)

    Second:The possible corollary to the lack of wisdom Rothman observes among retirees is that ... there is no wisdom to be had. That is, we're here, we don't know why, we can't know why, we've got the blip of consciousness, so don't go looking for some "meaning of life" experience. It's not that people aren't wise ... there is nothing particularly to be wise about.

    Buy the book. It's not Camus -- but is still good stuff.

    1-0 out of 5 stars seniors beware
    I'm a senior and unfortunately found nothing funny about this bizarre and unpleasant contrivance. Unfortunately, because I spent good money on it, thinking that a former writer for David Letterman would at least give me a few laughs. Well, there are some, but they're all at the expense of us seniors. You know, how we've got sagging skin, love early bird specials, forget things--all the tired and offensive cliches. Har, har har. Unless you want to endure a 28-year-old sitcom writer's snarky observations about the failing minds and bodies of the elderly, avoid this one. I suggest these books as alternatives: Be An Outrageous Older Woman; 100 Things I'm Not Going To Do Now That I'm Over 50; How Not To Become A Little Old Lady. I'm sure that amazon carries them all.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This Old Bird Likes "Early Bird"!
    Funny, original and poignant, "Early Bird" will bring a reader lots of laughs and even atear or two.As a senior, I appreciated that the author could laugh at old folks while showing an affection for for them.If you are living in a retirement community or know someone who is, this is a fun read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars As Yoko-Ono would say, "YES"
    More a series of essays than a book, Rodney Rothman gently muses about aging and retirement with an edgy wit that makes his cynically nostalgic look ahead at old age remarkably sweet, bitter and entertaining.I know what you're thinking -- it's not possible to "look ahead" with cynical nostalgia -- but, my friends, this clever book proves it is not only possible, but a welcome change from the sappy nostalgia with which most novels attempt to conquer the subject of old age.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ahhhh. . . . .
    By the time I had read about 5 pages, I thought to myself, "Hmmmm, he's got a straight guy David Sedaris vibe to him." Well into his adventures in retirementworld, the Sedaris vibe proves to be a good thing. His take on the golden years is hilarious, honest, and not condescending. He has genuine affection for some of these folks, genuine disdain for some, and he's even envious and physically attracted to others. That's how REAL life goes -- it can be cruel, interesting, boring, hilarious, and delicious (or bland if you're at a cheap buffet eating scrod). I'm now loaning my copy of the book to all my friends. ... Read more

    10. Love First: A New Approach to Intervention for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction (A Hazelden Guidebook)
    by Jeff Jay, Debra Jay
    list price: $14.00
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    Asin: 1568385218
    Catlog: Book (2000-09-01)
    Publisher: Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services
    Sales Rank: 10200
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    A straightforward, simple and practical resource written specifically for families seeking to help a loved one struggling with substance addiction. Jeff and Debra Jay dispel two all-to-common and damaging beliefs: Addicts, they say, don't have to hit bottom before they can get help and get sober, and second, interventions don't have to be confrontational-hence their emphasis on a love first approach. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Good, Good, Good!
    As a recovering addict, this book has great ideas and is right on the mark! I will suggest this to the many people I know dealing with the disease. As with many addicts like myself, I have always had problems in relationships with women too. Another wonderful book that helped me is Stumbling Naked In The Dark: Overcoming Mistakes Men Make With Women. Between the two books there is a lot of great advice that helped make my life better and certainly more bearable.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best single source for friends and family of addicted
    I've read several books and online materials about substance abuse and how to help someone out of addiction. This book is the most comprehensive, considerate, simple, and useful source for friends or family members. It is more complete and helpful than the better-known cornerstone works from the Betty Ford Clinic and Dr. Vernon Johnson. Not only is the text full of information, but the charts offered at the end to help organize an intervention are most user-friendly and designed to give you a thoughtful helping hand. This one is the best investment.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best I've read on this subject
    Whether you are a family member, a friend or a professional counsellor, this book is a "must-read" for anyone dealing with alcoholism or drug addiction. It may be painful to read, but it's so true. I am purchasing copies to share with friends. I need their support.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Diocese Assistance Program (DAP)
    In an effort to promote the healing and recovery of individuals and families in the 10 county diocese with 98 parishes, the parish representatives trained in the community resourses to assist people who have loved ones with a substance abuse/alcohol problem are using the guidebook "LOVE FIRST". Because of this new approach to intervention we are averageing ONE intervention a week acrose the diocese. A beautiful well written, easy to under stand text that appeals to those with a caring love for someone who is hurting.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Love First
    This is a fantastic book!Not only did I read it,I participated in the actual intervention.A wonderful way to bring the family together and help them understand the problem.It may not cure the alchoholic but certainly makes them aware of their problem using only love. ... Read more

    11. Delivered from Distraction : Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder
    by Edward M. Hallowell M.D., JOHN J. MD RATEY, John J. Ratey M.D.
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    Asin: 034544230X
    Catlog: Book (2005-01-04)
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
    Sales Rank: 14809
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    12. Baby Laughs : The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood
    by JennyMcCarthy
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    Asin: 052594883X
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-21)
    Publisher: Dutton Adult
    Sales Rank: 134
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Congratulations, you're a new mommy!

    You've brought your brand-new bundle of joy home, and there's so much to look forward to: photos; baby's first word; clipping those oh-so-cute and very tiny fingernails; finding just the right stroller; sex again (gulp!); and, oh yes, losing the weight.

    The joys of being a new mommy or daddy are endless, but so are the worries and the advice. Jenny McCarthy, the New York Times bestselling author of Belly Laughs, told you the truth about pregnancy and childbirth. Now she's telling the truth about baby's first year.

    With hilarious musings on desperately trying to recall lullabies, losing the weight, baby- proofing the house, encountering mommies with superbabies, postpartum depression, dueling grandmas, and still trying to lose the weight, Baby Laughs is the perfect companion for anyone trying to raise the next president, those just trying to get to the next naptime, and anyone who was ever in diapers. ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Moments of truth, hours of baloney
    It may be that it has been too long since I've had a newborn.(my youngest is 3.)I've always enjoyed Jenny McCarthy's acting and when I saw this book I picked it up.I agree with some of the other reviews that she comes across as a very uninformed parent all the while claiming she did oodles of research (e.g. breastfeeding, circumcision).
    Needless to say I didn't enjoy this book, I didn't find it funny - perhaps Jenny is more of a visual artist, not literary.
    The one thing she nailed on the head was the chapter on mommy competition.While she did not explore this topic in depth, she did relate some amusing tales about hearing and dealing with this issue.
    Overall, I give this book 1 star.Luckily, it is a quick read and I didn't waste too much time reading it and I checked it out of the library, which I suggest you do also!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Really awful.....
    I read her first book, Belly Laughs, and some parts of it were at least entertaining, but I just found this one horrifying.She really does gloss over bad decisions that she makes repeatedly and the book is filled with misinformation.The breastfeeding part is one of those places, but there were plenty more.There are plenty of funny books about motherhood, and the first year of motherhood, that would be better use of your money.The Girlfriend's Guide is one, so is Sleeping Through the Night and Other Lies.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Cheap Shots from C-List "Celebrity" Mom
    This is by far the worst piece of writing, if you can call it that, I've read in years.Thinking that I might be able to identify with McCarthy and laugh a bit,my dear husband bought this as one of my gifts for my very first Mother's Day.I wish he hadn't.Honestly, I would have preferred a DVD of South Park episodes; at least they can cover crude middle school topics of snot, scabs, sex, anal issues, genitalia, blood, fat, feces, ignorance, and marital problems with ACTUAL humor.

    Her lack of understanding of basic biology was offensive, her poor parenting was ineffectively glossed over with an attempt at humor, and her superficial motives in nearly every chapter caused further revulsion.To make things worse, at the end of chapters filled with remarkably bad decisions or opinions, she attempts to brighten things up with saccharine advice or warnings. These come across sounding like the airhead across the bar who has a moment of deep thought before ordering another shot of Butterscotch Schnapps.

    Let me provide you with an example of such advice from page 89."So, now you know that if it takes a long time for you to get it ON (her emphasis), don't worry cuz (her spelling)if this horndog eventually found delight in a boner, you will too.RUFF RUFF! (her word choice)"

    Where was her editor?Who let her publish this without a ghost writer!?Why doesn't she use real words?One might ask, if it was so terrible, why I read the whole thing.It read like a bad movie, I kept telling myself that it HAD TO get better any minute.It didn't.I did laugh from time to time at how BAD this book was, maybe that counts for something.

    Would I buy this for a mom-to-be or a current mother?NO!Save your money and watch bad cable instead; you might laugh more.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first
    I read Jenny's first book, Belly Laughs, while pregnant with my first baby, and literally laughed so hard I cried. My husband read it and enjoyed it too, and he's not a reader at all. Every pregnant woman I loaned Belly Laughs to loved it.

    So when Baby Laughs came out, I couldn't wait to read it. Unfortunately, it's just not as good as the first book. While the tone is similar, the material and stories just aren't as funny this time around. Not enough sleep while writing this one maybe? If she writes another book about raising toddlers I'll still buy it - I can imagine what fun she'll have with the stories toddlers give you!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful follow up
    I absolutely loved her Belly Laughs book.I give it to all my pregnant girlfriends as part of their shower gift.I couldn't wait for her follow up book and as soon as I heard it was out, I ordered it right away.I read the whole book the afternoon I received it.I was not disappointed at all.Very funny and realistic.As I was laughing my but off, my 10 month old laughed along just seeing my face.That of course made me laugh harder!Enjoy new mommies, I did! ... Read more

    13. The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands
    by Laura Schlessinger
    list price: $24.95
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    Asin: 0060520612
    Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Sales Rank: 204
    Average Customer Review: 3.52 out of 5 stars
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    In her most provocative book yet, Dr. Laura urgently reminds women that to take proper care of their husbands is to ensure themselves the happiness and satisfaction they yearn for in marriage.

    Women want to be in love, get married, and live happily ever after. Yet disrespect for men and disregard for the value, feelings, and needs of husbands has fast become the standard for male-female relations in America. Those two attitudes clash in unfortunate ways to create struggle and strife in what could be a beautiful relationship.

    Countless women call Dr. Laura, unhappy in their marriages and seemingly at a loss to understand the incredible power they have over their men to create the kind of home life they yearn for. Now, in The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands, Dr. Laura shows you -- with real-life examples and real-life solutions -- how to wield that power to attain all the sexual pleasure, intimacy, love, joy, and peace you want in your life.

    Dr. Laura's simple principles have changed the lives of millions. Now they can change yours.

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Men Are Simple Creatures, All They Need Is ...
    In this book, Dr. Laura presents what could be called the "Contemporary Theory of Husbands." She tries to encourage women to cast off the influence of the feminist movement which has fostered feelings that have allowed women to use their time in non-productive men-bashing, rather than in trying to analyze what they really want, and how to get it.

    Dr. Laura states the following, "Remember, men are simple creatures and very dependent on their wives for acceptance, approval and affection." Her basic theory being, that if men get that from their wives, their wives will get back many fold, what they give. And also, Dr. Laura wishes that woman would analyze carefully what they have because of their husbands and what they want out of life, and make the decision based on those factors.

    While her theory is surely not neo-Freudian or neo-Jungian, it has a very high potential to work in present day marital situations. She stresses the need for honest and meaningful communication. And she tries to point out the reality, that a successful marriage is hard work, and both partners have responsibilities within the relationship.

    Dr. Laura simplifies a lot of the problems and answers, but unlike test data in a lab, Dr. Laura's evidence actually comes from empirical field data by helping real people sort these things out on her radio show, and through letters and her other activities.

    It should be clearly stated, that Dr. Laura does NOT advocate being a stay at home mom, but she does advocate the concept that women are more responsible for child rearing than men. In addition, she states that the woman should have more responsibility in a marriage than a man, to provide the things that the man wants, and to be the leader in productive and meaningful communication.This is arguable. Both parties really have some responsibility to this in a marital relationship.

    I found Dr. Laura's commentary on embryology and "hard wired" genetic differences between men and women, which start at about 8 weeks into gestation in the womb. There is considerable evidence to suggest, that all of us, are born with both male and female "hard-wiring" but the hard wiring that is expressed, is that which is activiated by the particular hormonal mix running through the veins of the specific person. Thus, it has been shown in hundreds or animal studies and now, with transexuality, that if one changes the hormonal balance, that an animal will act in normal programmed ways as would the opposite sex, and that really it is the hormones that control the "hard-wiring" that is selected and displayed, not so much the physical equipment.

    Dr. Laura addresses some other highly relevant subjects in her book, perhaps the most important of which in marriage are the issues of "sex" and "guy time." She does a wonderful job of exploring this with support of her listeners conversations and letters.

    If there is anything at all that Dr. Laura could have done a little better at, was that I think she went slightly overboard on the concept of "repition brings remembrance." Her book often goes over the same point or concept in multiple places. But I know, that this was intentionally done by Dr. Laura.

    In all, the book is a wonderful book for both men and women, as it helps both understand the other, and work at productive and happy marriages.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Dr. Laura sparks a needed debate
    Dr. Laura's new book is an irrefutable home run on modern relationships. Like any other book, it won't save your marriage or make you a better person. Self-help books either preach to the choir or fly above heads, depending on the reader. And I expect that it will do the latter with most women. That, I think, is exactly the point.

    For the first time ever a mainstream book takes an honest look at the dark side of things feminine. It is a long overdue examination that forces us past the taboo of saying anything critical about women. Women, just like men, DO have a dark side. In western culture that dark side is reflected in many women's sense of entitlement, arrogance and selfishly driven behavior, even in an area of their lives that should be characterized by giving, respect and the pursuit of intimacy.

    The subject material of her book, even on this list of reviews, has elicited powerful feelings on both sides. And this is where she succeeds, regardless of the books efficacy for it's intended purpose. Some of the reviews drip with vitriol and the very loathing of men that Dr. Laura cautions us against. How DARE Dr. Laura imply that women are any less than perfect?! Who is she to say that healthy relationships require women to act like accountable, feeling and sensitive adults?!

    Personally, I think Dr. Laura has a great deal of wisdom, but it is wasted on women who have grown far too comfortable with blaming every negative thing in their lives on men.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good information
    Having been through two divorces I have a bit of experience in the failed marriage business and I read this book with interest to see if I spotted any similarities between the authors advice to married women and the behaviors I experienced in my bad marriages. Spot on. Bingo. It's here. I give the book a strong recommendation to any looking to strengthen their marriage or to any planning on getting married.

    It's easy for some to vilify Dr. Laura but if you (as a woman) have ever been successfully married you've either followed her advice or you weren't all that happily married (or at least your husband was miserable). She makes it very clear that the book isn't written for relationships that are abusive and that in normal non-abusive relationships men are actually very similar and pretty much want the same things in their marriages: the respect of their wives, lots of physical intimacy and a good home from their children.

    As for the overall quality of the book and the writing, I'd say it's about average. It is a short book and a lot of it is filler, quotes, examples and stories. I read it in a few hours and did find it entertaining as well as informative. In defense of the authors style and the length of the book, I'd like to point out that to help the average person, a book can't be to long and complicated, it simply won't get read, so overall, I'd not say the length and style are a detriment. My biggest complaint was that it simply ended, there wasn't a conclusion or final chapter, the last chapter was just the last chapter.

    As for those people, women or men, that can't stand the idea of a wife respecting and honoring her husband, loving him and caring for him, it's fine if you feel that way as a single person but you're setting yourself up for a failed marriage if you think somehow you're so special that the laws of human nature and the spirit of man are somehow unique in your situation. They aren't. I highly highly recommend this book to anyone that's engaged or thinking about it. If you think the book is bunk, don't get marriage yet, at least not to a man...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great title, great book!
    This is an easy to read, easy to implement guide for women who want a great relationship. Dr. Laura draws from the letters and call-ins she receives on her radio show and the book is full of quotes of these letters and dialogues she had with listeners. And it is easy to recognize yourself in those people?

    Dr. Laura's advice is really simple: Take responsibility for your relationship, realize the power you have and use it wisely. Make your husband your number one priority and the rewards will be manifold. It almost sounds too simple, but the many examples in the book provide clear support that this works and why.

    The book illustrates how many women have fallen into the feminist trap of demanding "to have it all" without realizing the price they pay for pursuing too many things, for ignoring their husbands for the sake of their career, or for reducing their husband to a tool to support their dreams, rather than creating and maintaining a true partnership that feeds both of them.

    One warning: Dr. Laura is a strong advocate of the traditional marriage with a stay-at-home wife and children. So it is easy for any woman who does not fall into that pattern to ignore what she says. That would be a shame. The essence of her book remains true, no matter what your personal circumstances are: Focus on your husband's needs rather than have all attention on yourself, give instead of demanding to receive, and your partnership will fly.

    Another book that I have found extremely insprirational and insightful is "Working on your Relationship Doesn't Work" by Ariel and Shya Kane. They have a refreshing new perspective on how heretofore unidentified influences in our environment, if they go unrecognized, can destroy our relationships and how you can nurture and grow your relationships ? with your partner, yourself, co-workers, friends, family ? in a way that doesn?t take time or effort and allows magic to unfold. They suggest that the mere seeing of things allow them to transform, without working on them. What a relief? and worth trying!

    I don't know one person in the world who won't date his moments of greatest happiness to the time his family was the most intact, whole, unshakable. To me, this book (despite its mildly salacious title) was about that subtle nuance of marriages that guides life to be fitted around duty and responsibility, rather than around the pursuit of that elusive straw man, happiness. It nearly makes one wish that there was someone a bit more hip and compelling than the author of this book standing up for this simple hardhitting truth, because the point is compelling. Regardless of its title or whatever polarized commentary you hear about its contents, this book is a very worthy skim. ... Read more

    14. Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health (Revised Edition)
    by Toni Weschler
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    Asin: 0060937645
    Catlog: Book (2001-11-01)
    Publisher: Perennial Currents
    Sales Rank: 804
    Average Customer Review: 4.87 out of 5 stars
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    Are you unhappy with your current method of birth control? Or are you demoralized by your quest to have a baby? Do you also experience confusing signs and symptoms at various times in your cycle, but are frustrated by a lack of simple explanations?

    This invaluable resource will help you find the answer to your questions while giving you amazing insights into your own body.

    Taking Charge of Your Fertility has helped literally hundreds of thousands of women achieve pregnancy, avoid pregnancy naturally, or simply gain better control of their health and lives. This book thoroughly explains the empowering Fertility Awareness Method, which in only a couple of minutes a day allows you to:

    • enjoy highly effective and scientifically proven birth control without chemicals or devices

    • maximize your chances of conception before you see a doctor, or expedite your fertility treatment by quickly identifying impediments to pregnancy achievement

    • increase the likelihood of choosing the gender of your baby

    • gain control of your sexual and gynecological health

    This expanded new edition includes:

    • a revolutionary new, fully intuitive charting system

    • numerous new master charts, including separate ones for birth control, pregnancy achievement, and menopause

    • the latest on fertility conditions and high-tech treatments

    • comprehensive tables that clearly summarize fertility-related drugs and procedures
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    5-0 out of 5 stars This needs to be read by all women everywhere!
    This is probably the most life changing book I've ever read. I wish in school as young girls we had known exactly what our body does at menstruation and ovulation. It's amazing.

    Not only can this be used for TTC - it can be used to learn how to better utilize birth control methods. Being aware of your basal body temp & cervical fluid you actually know when you are ovulating and when your period is due. Like clockwork!

    In addition, having your temps stay high instead of dipping down as your period approaches is indicative of pregnancy achievement. In my case this happened, (preg test to confirm) but unfortunately I wasn't able to hold the pregnancy and my temps started to go downwards -- making my period a couple of days late. If I hadn't have been charting, I would've never known I was pregnant, and just chalked it up to a late period.

    This book is good for all women - empowering them to learn more about their amazing bodies!

    5-0 out of 5 stars An amazing book for EVERY woman
    After announcing to a close friend of mine who was eight months pregnant that I was about to begin to try to have a baby, I was given a weathered copy of Taking Charge of Your Fertility. I direct a women's health program at a community hospital and was amazed at what I DIDN'T know about my body after reading this book. Toni Weschler is a gifted writer. A public health practitioner's dream, she is extremely clear, distilling scientific facts to manageable pieces of information. She dispels the myth that charting your fertility, traditionally referred to as "Natural Family Planning", is a method used only by a select few who choose natural methods of birth control because of religious beliefs. Moreover, she emphasizes the connection between women's empowerment and knowledge of normal biological processes that are often medicalized to the point of leaving many women mystified. I would go so far as to say this should be required reading for all young women entering high school! (NOTE: I am now in my first trimester as a result of the information provided in the pages of this book. I am very grateful!)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Got Pregnant the Second Month Using This Method!!!!!
    I highly recommend this book and method for getting pregnant. I am 39 and had been trying to get pregnant for six months using an ovulation predictor kit. We already have a 2 year old daughter that was conceived the first month we tried, so I was very discouraged that we were not pregnant yet. A friend of mine recommended this book, and I thought it was worth a shot! I found the book a very easy read. I read the sections relevant to getting pregnant in one night (there are also sections on birth control, menopause, etc). I began charting immediately. I did not go crazy with charting-I just recorded my temp each day and checked the other 2 signs (cervical mucus and cervical position) starting about a week before I knew I was going to ovulate. I got pregnant the second month!! The book is super informative about all aspects of a woman's reproductive body. A great read even if you just want to get to know what's going on with your body every month. Hope this review helps!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK
    Wow!! First of all - I was quite ignorant about my own body until I read this book. I will share this book with my children. I also purchased the software that goes along with it - and IT WORKED SUCCESSFULLY!! I am expecting my first child Dec. 04 !! I did "practice" charting for one month and then the first month that we tried for real - well it happened!! A friend of mine and my cousin both used this book and it helped them as well. I highly suggest this book to anyone who wants to conceive. It really helps you to understand your body. It has some medical terms - but explains them in detail. I also suggest the software - it made it MUCH easier for me!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars You HAVE to read this book
    I bought this book for two reasons, to get pregnant after 35 & due to everyone else's review of this book. Now, I'm a believer. If you're a woman and think you know about your body, you don't until you read this book. My whole life I thought there was something wrong with me, and now I know I was normal all along. I wish I would have had this guidance as a teenager and just discovering the intricacies of my body. Just knowing the basics of your body and what's normal & what's not, will give you a confidence you can't imagine. If you have teenage daughters, buy this book and read it together. It could save years of doubt, confusion and low-esteem. ... Read more

    15. The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work : A Practical Guide from the Country's Foremost Relationship Expert
    by John M. Gottman, Nan Silver
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    Asin: 0609805797
    Catlog: Book (2000-05-16)
    Publisher: Three Rivers Press
    Sales Rank: 744
    Average Customer Review: 4.74 out of 5 stars
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    John Gottman has revolutionized the study of marriage by using rigorous scientific procedures to observe the habits of married couples in unprecedented detail over many years. Here is the culmination of his life's work: the seven principles that guide couples on the path toward a harmonious and long-lasting relationship. Packed with practical questionnaires and exercises, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work is the definitive guide for anyone who wants their relationship to attain its highest potential. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, with some reservations to keep in mind....
    I loved this book, but am afraid it may be a bit misleading to the average couple. The book identifies things which are common to successful marriages, and offers great exercises for each principle. It is easy to read and understand and I highly recommend it.

    However, I do have concerns that the author denigrates marriage counseling so often. I agree with him that communication is not always the key to successful relationships, but a good therapist will help the couple to use good communication while also creating a better relationship based on these principles. John Gottman conducts very important research into marriage relationships, and understanding the principles of a strong marriage is important. However, if the average couple were to take this book as a "to-do" list, it would not necessarily create a good marriage. These principles need to have belief and passion supporting them, the principles alone are not enough.

    I highly recommend this book as a resource for integrating with other relationship resources.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Valuable insights into relationships!
    It is always a great pleasure to read GottmanÂ's book. Though the title is a bit misleading (it reminds oneself too much of pop psychology and sounds a bit too simplified), the author greatly succeeds in laying out the basic principles for making marriage work.
    He is to be considered as THE leading marital psychologist and far outranks other authors, e.g. John Gray, by his meticulously applying research methods to relationships. This is the hallmark of the book: the advice given is rooted in his more than 30 years of clinical research about marriage problems. And: it clearly helps!
    The book is fun to read as it combines practical advice with highly interesting exercises which you can either do on your own or with your partner. Real life examples supplement and clarify the basic principles.
    One of the very few psychologists who can explain their findings in everyday language! I can also recommend his other books, e.g. the heart of parenting

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best book on marriage
    Whether you`re newlyweds or have been married for 15 years,this book will make your relationship with your spouse closer and more satisfying.A truely different approach here,much better than that "men are from mars,women are from venus" hogwash.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Started a new chapter of my life!
    A few years ago, my marriage was going down the drain. I had no idea what was going on or what I could do about it. I felt helpless, hopeless and unhappy. Until then, I was very skeptical about these types of books so I never read them. But became so desperate that I opened this book in a store like a drowning person reaching for a straw. That was the beginning of the end. This book forced me to see my marriage from a completely objective point of view and helped me realize how I was part of the problem. Bad habits die hard but I kept making an effort to change. After a month or two, my spouse noticed this change and became curious about the book as well. We became even more interested in these things and read another book called "The Ever-Transcending Spirit" by Toru Sato (I'd highly recommend this fabulous book too if you are ready to take one more positive step in your relationships). Now we appreciate each other. Now we talk about meaningful and interesting things in life. Even though this may sound very cheesy, in many ways we could say that our marriage is in a renaissance period. We still have a long way to go but there already is a newfound calmness in our lives that was never there before.

    5-0 out of 5 stars No Bull. Just Research and Experience
    Gottman debunks the pop-psychology theories and goes for the facts. His books are GREAT for those of us too cynical to swallow the latest relationsip fad, or for those too rational to believe we're all born into a box we can't get out of.

    Gottman's approach is practical, sensible, and open to all types of people and all types of relationships. You don't have to give up who you are or try to make your marriage look like someone else's. Just start with simple steps to do more of what works to help your relationship, and begin to recognize what you might want to do less.

    Best of all, it's all backed by science! Gottman doesn't just preach his assumptions and opinions. He's actually studied real people for three decades, and he has great examples of how similar signs of hope or problems show up in situations and people that may seem very different.

    Even my husband, phobic of psychology, was willing to talk about the ideas in this book. There is no higher praise. ... Read more

    16. Boys Will Put You on a Pedestal (So They Can Look Up Your Skirt) : A Dad's Advice for Daughters
    by Philip Van Munching
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    Asin: 0743267788
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-03)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Sales Rank: 596
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Life can be pretty tricky when you're a teenage girl.

    New things matter: Clothes. Parties. Boys. Suddenly being liked and being popular don't mean the same thing. Your parents get completely bizarre when the subject of dating comes up. A friend you've had forever stabs you in the back for no good reason. Everybody you know seems to feel free to comment on your constantly changing body. Drugs and alcohol go from being what you see "bad" kids doing on television shows to what you see your friends doing when no adults are around. How are you supposed to deal?

    Since life doesn't come with a set of instructions, it helps to turn to people who have been through the stuff that you're facing. Even parents can help. (Really!) In Boys Will Put You on a Pedestal (so they can look up your skirt), former teenage boy -- and current dad of two daughters -- Philip Van Munching helps guide you through some of life's most confusing topics. From Beauty to Grief, from Sex to Fate, Van Munching covers the things you most want to know about and, in his wise, warm, and funny way, offers advice on how you can become the young woman you most want to be.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Dream of a Book
    I'm a new dad of a baby girl, so even though it'll be years before my daughter's ready for it, this book caught my eye.I'm glad it did.Van Munching has written a wise, funny, eminently readable and engaging tribute to his daughters, to parenting, to the minefields of adolescence.Here's a favorite bit that seems to define the spirit of this generous book:"I've learned a little something about mistakes: they are the true measure of you....they are what define and teach you....and are maybe the only things in your life that are truly your own.Everyone will jump in to grab a little glory when you do something right; mistakes are yours and yours alone.The trick is how you make use of them."What an important, right-on observation,and how I wish I'd had someone tell ME that when I was an awkward 15 year old boy. Though "Boys will Put you on a Pedestal" is specifically written for teenage girls, its applications transcend gender. A great book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars No-nonsense advice can be fun....
    While this book is intended to provide teens and pre-teens with fatherly advice, it is especially useful for parents.Van Munching weaves life lessons with self-deprecation and wit into a terrific guide that encourages girls to think for themselves.I especially like the themes of integrity, accountability, empowerment and love that run through the book.It's unfair to provide kids with these gems, when it takes the rest of us 30 or more years to learn them!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I Laughed, I Cried...(really!)
    It has been a long time since a book has made me laugh out loud, but never has a book brought me to tears.I felt like I was taken on an incredible journey with the author, hearing about his life experiences and lessons learned -and remembering my own and how they have affected my life.It is a book that everyone can relate to, regardless of where they grew up, how they were raised, or where their interests lie.Certain experiences, such asbeing taunted, going to high school parties and peer pressure, losing a loved one, your first "love", etc., ring true for all of us. Although I am neither a teenage girl or a parent yet, I feel as if it spoke to the fifteen-year old that was me as well as the future parent that I hope to someday be.I just wish that my parents, who always have been wonderful, loving and supportive, had been able to communicate that way with me when I was growing up...because I really needed it at the time!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Where oh where was this book when I was 14?!!
    This is the sweet, inspiring, moving, funny book I wish I could have read when I was a young teenage girl.Van Munching writes with warmth and sensitivity about all the Big subjects -- sex, popularity, grief, self-control, faith -- without preaching or talking down, and with a winsome, unaffected style that is beyond refreshing.Weaving stories from his own growing-up with commonsense, grounded advice, he takes the reader on a wonderful journey all the way to the last chapter, called "How to be Happy" -- which, by the way, I was when I finished this superb book.My daughter is barely five, but this book will be waiting for her when she's ready."Boys will Put You onPedestal" is for daughters, for their parents, and for anyone who cares about the emotional, physical, and psychological well-being of young girls. Run and buy it. ... Read more

    17. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk
    by Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish
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    Asin: 0380811960
    Catlog: Book (1999-10-01)
    Publisher: Perennial Currents
    Sales Rank: 603
    Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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    Here is the bestselling book that will give you the know-how you need to be effective with your children. Enthusiastically praised by parents and professionals around the world, the down-to-earth, respectful approach of Faber and Mazlish makes relationships with children of all ages less stressful and more rewarding.

    Recently revised and updated with fresh insights and suggestions, How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk is full of practical, innovative ways to solve common problems and build foundations for lasting relationships.

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Good book, but not as thorough as should be
    I just read this book and -- though it it's right on the money in its attitude towards childrearing -- it doesn't describe the mechanics of how the "listening" and "talking" skills work as well as Thomas Gordon's Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.). P.E.T. has a chapter called How to Listen so Children Will Talk and another called How to Talk so Children Will Listen. I wonder how the autors of this book got away with borrowing the title for their book straight out of some chapters in another (the original P.E.T. was published years before -- the one at stores now is a new edition).

    Lest it sound like I'm slamming this book, truth is it's not a bad read at all. But for an in-depth explanation of how these skills can be put to daily use, I'd go for P.E.T. Better yet, read both.

    Even better yet, first read Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman to get an idea WHY these skills are so important to a child's development, then follow it up with P.E.T. and this book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars True to it's title
    I thought this book might be about how to use praise and language to avoid facing discipline issues with children but it is not like that at all. It teaches parents to be authorative and send the right messages without micro managing their children. The suggested changes are fairly straight forward and common sense, but may require some practice. Fortunately thare are many well illustrated examples and practical exercises to reinforce these ideas. This book stictly sticks to the topic of comunication and establishing cooperation which makes it an excellent supplement to any parents existing parenting style. Teaches mutual respect without surrendering parental authourity. A very good read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A terrific book
    I feel this should be required reading for parents (and people in general). Easy to read. Great concepts. Great examples. And just as importantly, the tone is very respectful of the parents (so many of the other books on this topic tend to talk to parents like they don't get it...). I recommend it heartily.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Talking To Feelings With Just the Right Words...WORKS!
    Although this best selling book was originally written more than 20 years ago, I find the advice and specific suggestions extremely on target in 2004. The main strategy that has made such a positive difference in my life is to acknowlege my child's feelings before I give the direction for compliance. Most of the time, I do try to give well-meaning, honest (not always calm) responses to my 3-year-old that unfortunately sometimes escalate into a raging tantrum or no win power struggle such as in the following example at bedtime...My son announced, "I'm really scared of the big closet monster, Mommy." I responded honestly, "There's nothing to be scared about, there is no such thing as a real monster. Monsters are just make believe."...This conversation was followed by a long screamimg and kicking fit from a very tired, frustrated little boy.

    Now I have learned that by calmly talking to my son's feelings first, he knows that his point of view is understood and important to me. Then I have a better chance of getting him to stay in his bed. Because I chose to validate his feelings first, I got the cooperation I was after. I learned to say, "I see how worried you are...I've got a great idea...I'm getting the broom out to sweep the entire floor including every corner of your closet to make sure nothing is hiding in there...OK, it's completely empty, honey...only clothes in here. Hop in bed and I'll rub you back before our special good night kiss." ...It worked like a charm!

    I also highly recommend another newer pocket-sized book to accompany this classic tome called "The Pocket Parent." It is based on the very same philosophy of Haim Ginott and is chock full of hundreds of quick read tips and funny, true, short anecdotes from moms and dads relating to the challenging behaviors of 2-5 year olds (anger, bad words, bedtime and mealtime refusals, sibling fights, interrupting, whining and many more). These 2 books have taught me and my husband so many techniques that have worked at least once. We continue to refer to them for specific sensible strategies (including the exact words to try on our son). We appreciate the upbeat tone and great sense of humor of both books. Additionally, FYI...both parenting books have been translated into Spanish and are both available through

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you only read one parenting book...
    ...make it this one.

    Effective communication is the foundation of good parenting. This book has practical, easy-to-implement techniques to improve your communication with your kids. The format is such that busy parents can pick it up and read briefly, yet still come away with a couple useful ideas to put into play right away. It is written in themed sections and there are cartoon scenarios to illustrate exchanges between parents and kids. The cartoons show things going poorly and then a better way to approach the exchange. At the end of each section, a one-page box sums up the techniques described, along with a real-life example of each principle.

    Authors Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish worked with noted child psychologist Haim Ginott. In running parenting workshops utilizing Ginott's ideas, they accumulated lots of great real-life stories from parents that they use to illustrate their advice in this book. The content of the book is based on the themes that emerged from their parenting workshops, and thus resonates well with parents who want practical, straight-forward advice.

    This is a book that we keep handy on the nightstand and each of us picks it up again from time to time for a refresher (it's so easy to fall back into non-productive ways!)

    Improving your communication with your children will help you to get them to do what you want them to do; to understand better how they feel about things; to help them become more responsible; and to get them to talk to you--a real key as your child grows older and enters the teen years.

    *If you have more than one child, check out Faber and Mazlish's Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together so You Can Live Too, which is really the chapter on sibling rivalry that grew too large to fit into How to Talk! ... Read more

    18. A Child Called "It": One Child's Courage to Survive
    by Dave Pelzer
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    Asin: 1558743669
    Catlog: Book (1995-09-01)
    Publisher: HCI
    Sales Rank: 1051
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    David J. Pelzer's mother, Catherine Roerva, was, he writes in this ghastly, fascinating memoir, a devoted den mother to the Cub Scouts in her care, and somewhat nurturant to her children--but not to David, whom she referred to as "an It." This book is a brief, horrifying account of the bizarre tortures she inflicted on him, told from the point of view of the author as a young boy being starved, stabbed, smashed face-first into mirrors, forced to eat the contents of his sibling's diapers and a spoonful of ammonia, and burned over a gas stove by a maniacal, alcoholic mom. Sometimes she claimed he had violated some rule--no walking on the grass at school!--but mostly it was pure sadism. Inexplicably, his father didn't protect him; only an alert schoolteacher saved David. One wants to learn more about his ordeal and its aftermath, and now he's written a sequel, The Lost Boy, detailing his life in the foster-care system.

    Though it's a grim story, A Child Called "It" is very much in the tradition of Chicken Soup for the Couple's Soul and the many books in that upbeat series, whose author Pelzer thanks for helping get his book going. It's all about weathering adversity to find love, and Pelzer is an expert witness. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Touched a place deep within my heart and soul, changed me.
    My ten year old daughter introduced me to this book. I felt I needed to share this with her. I think it has changed us both forever. Neither of us slept well the night we finished it. I will never again look at any child the same way. It is hard to imagine where young Dave ever found the strength to go on and on and on. My hope after reading this compelling story is that I might be able to recognize the pain of abuse and neglect in the eyes of a child, that I might be able to reach out and make a difference. When Dave recalls the few times someone hugged him, it almost broke my heart. He wanted nothing more that to hang on to that warmth forever. Now I know that a hug, a smile, a gentle touch, or a helping hand, really can make all the difference in the world. I will never forget this story and plan to read "The Lost Boy" immediately. Dave, thanks for the gut wrenching courage it must have taken to write this book. You have opened my eyes and my daughters eyes.....wide!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Child Called it
    This book was probally the best book that I have ever read. In his book David Pelzer describes how horrible he was treated by his mother and how he was treated by his peers and teachers at school. His life was fine in his early years, but as he grew older he became trapped in what he described as a livng hee. He began to plot out ways to survive from not being killed by his mother. He also had to deal with an alocoholic father who although, once was a caring and loving father turned his back to whatever his wife did to David. As David grew older his punishments got more extreme. One example is that he was forced to lay completely under water in cold bath water from the period after school until late at night. He was also locked in his bathroom with a full bucket of ammonia. The main idea of this book is that no matter how hard your life is that you should never give up and always look towards the future.I felt that David's choice of a title was exellent. The title describes in one word, IT, how he was treated, like a thing, that wasn't human. David showed to be a very strong and determined individual. His mother was obviously very disturbed and frustrated. The weird thing was that she only treated David horrible, the other childre were treated just as most good parents treat their kids. Davids father made me ver angr, and it was hard for me to understand him. He was a strong man physically, bu not mentally. Even though he didn't want his wife to do thee things to David he was not strong enough to do anything about it. This book definately made me think about how great my life is and how great my parents are. I feel that his is a must read book and makes you think a lot.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What a gift
    This author is a gift to us, Thank goodness he made it through the darkest hours to tell us his story. I hope this book will help others to have courage as well as show what it is like to live the life he did. Very inspirational Another inspirational book-Nightmares Echo by Katlyn Stewart

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Child Called It.
    I really was shocked while reading this book because it brought back the memories of my childhood. The shock was that I thought no one else could treat their own child so bad. My older brother was treated nearly as bad as It. I witnessed this until he moved from home at the age of 17. I would read for a while and turn to my wife or my oldest daughter and tell them some of the similuar experiences that I witnessed. The public needs such revelations as A Child Called It to fuel public out cry for such neglect and abuse. The courage to report is needed. I explain to my two children that there is no excuse for abuse of a child like what was exampled in the book. My oldest daughter even went as far as conducting a book report after reading A Child Called It. Wanting to express publicly her distress over the situation of child abuse/neglect.

    1-0 out of 5 stars A Poorly Written, Lurid Hoax!
    Several of my co-workers were simply mesmerized by the Pelzer trilogy, so joined in on the reading fest. Even as I read the book, a LOT of things weren't ringing quite true: like being repeatedly exposed to a lethal combo of ammonia and bleach (he would've been dead the very first time) and that his teachers had known for years, were powerless to do anything and risked their careers....while this MIGHT have been true in the 50's and even EARLY 60's, it wasn't true in the late 60's early 70's.

    I'm only 4 years younger than Pelzer and can VIVIDLY recall a teacher in first grade (1971, in my case) being extremely concerned about a slap mark on my face (courtesy of an older brother's rough housing)---and this was still when spanking children was regarded as a perfectly acceptable form of discipline. Additionally, child abuse had been the subject of NUMEROUS TV dramas (I recently saw an old episode of "Dragnet", among others) and was, in fact, the "hot" issue of the time. It was 1973, in fact, that the "Mondale bill" was signed into national law (and had drawn extensive attention for quite a few years prior)---so the idea that no criminal charges would have been levied against Mrs. Pelzer is even MORE absurd.

    Please do NOT mistake me----I am FULLY aware that abused children daily go undetected and that in the 1970's we were barely beginning to comprehend the depths
    of this horrible issue. I can certainly believe that "Catherine" Pelzer was an alcoholic, probably bi-polar and very possibly DID smack the poor kid around (which I firmly believe NO child should EVER experience)--but much of the other aspects were clearly fabricated.

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    19. The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy
    by Vicki Iovine
    list price: $14.00
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    Asin: 0671524313
    Catlog: Book (1995-10-01)
    Publisher: Pocket
    Sales Rank: 484
    Average Customer Review: 3.86 out of 5 stars
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    Beginning with the "10 Greatest Lies About Pregnancy" (number 10: Lamaze works), and ending with postpartum dementia, Vicki Iovine's Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy has fast become the laywoman's mouthpiece for the American pregnancy experience. Iovine is irreverent, sassy, and incredibly reassuring as she exposes the "truths" of pregnancy and childbirth, from sex to cellulite to cesareans. Iovine birthed four kids in six years, none of them twins, which certainly qualifies her as an expert. The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy does reveal Iovine's particular cultural biases (pregnant or not, most of us don't have record-producer husbands, hang out with supermodels, or wear size-four pants) and philosophical beliefs (she's not a particularly strong proponent of natural childbirth or nursing), but, taken with a grain or two of salt, she provides many hilarious moments, acres of advice, and honest reassurance readers will find nowhere else. --Ericka Lutz ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The lighter side of pregnancy
    I cannot disagree with all the negative reviews more!

    Vicki's (hey, I can call her that, we're 'Girlfriends' now) book has made me laugh out loud and also read in rapt silence. She makes it abundantly clear that this book is not to be taken as a be-all-end-all medical reference on pregnancy. Instead, she offers first-hand accounts of what this 9 month experience is all about and does so in a frank manner.

    Since this is my first pregnancy, I've been scouring the book stores for every book written on the subject and feel this is the first one that doesn't preach. I like her honest takes on eating, exercise, and pain management during labor. I don't believe she ever tells the reader to eat poorly, not to exercise at all, and that an epidural is a must - she offers her opinions on the topics and leaves it at that.

    I love this book and encourage first timers and other moms-to-be to read and enjoy this book as well. If nothing else, remember that laughter is the best medicine...and you can even take it while you're pregnant!

    5-0 out of 5 stars FUNNY! And SO TRUE
    I can't believe what some people are writing about this book. Each time I start to become scared about my pregnancy or about giving birth, I pick this book up to make me smile. Thank you Vicki Iovine for helping me with the difficult times of my first pregnancy! I've recommended this book to all I know that are pregnant!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just for fun
    The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy is politically incorrect at times, for sure. That's part of the fun. Vicki Iovine isn't afraid to spill her guts and talk about all the things that pregnant women tend to get a bit neurotic (dare I say crazy?) about while they are pregnant. A lot of pregnancy book authors dance around these issues. Only a handful of authors confront them head-on. I give Vicki a high-five for being one of the few who is willing to tell it like it is.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Save your money
    Reading this boring, trite, and obnoxiously fluffy book has made me appreciate the bright, funny, and wonderful girlfriends I have in my life. Granted, there are a few humorous moments in this book, but much of the humor is stale. (Perhaps I've been ruined by all the truly funny material I've read in my life.) Please, do yourself a favor: if you must read this book, buy it used - - especially if you can find it at a garage sale!

    2-0 out of 5 stars A fluffy read, but not a lot to learn here
    This falls under the entertainment and not pregnancy/childbirth education heading. The book focuses on the author's experiences and is unabashedly biased. It's a good background on what to expect with regards to symptoms, tests, etc.. It's also rather funny in some parts; however, I don't beleive the author ever intended for this to be a medical reference (although it's very medical-focused). Buy it used, there are tons of copies out there. Don't use it as a reference when making your decisions. ... Read more

    20. Being Perfect
    by Anna Quindlen
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    Asin: 0375505490
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-26)
    Publisher: Random House
    Sales Rank: 609
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Entire book could be written in one paragraph
    Charging $12.95 for a 64-page book that is essentially a commencement speech sprinkled with photos from the Fifties seems the ultimate in chutzpah.Although I love Anna Quindlen's columns and novels, this book warning about the displeasures of perfection is not worthy of hardcover treatment -- it should be one in a collection of essays.There is nothing here that has not not been said before, many times before by others, some even more eloquent than Quindlen.Save yor money and read the reviews -- you'll get the entire gist and more from those.

    5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
    This brief picture book contains an essay based on a commencement address by Ms. Quindlen.

    The basic concept of the essay is that a young person can get so caught up in meeting others' expectations . . . and doing so perfectly . . . so that there's no room left for the young person to be her- or himself. Instead, you become a perfect imitation of the current manias. Ms. Quindlen wisely warns that " . . . nothing important, or meaningful, or beautiful, or interesting, or great, ever came out of imitations."

    She warns that it's hard work being yourself. There's no model for you to follow. You have to face yourself and make the most of your imperfections.

    Ms. Quindlen also warns against the concept of "effortless perfection" that young people seek to portray. It's an oxymoron. Perfection is a great task and the goals are constantly being shifted for you. In addition, it's the imperfections that draw the eye and make the hand-made rug more appealing than the machine-made "perfect" one.

    To be human is to be imperfect. Revel in it!

    To me, the photographs were the best part of the book, and they would have reproduced much better if they had been on larger pages. I graded the book down one star for failing to do justice to the photographs.

    The book opens with a photograph of a young woman carrying an enormous briefcase on her back. It's a metaphor for the weight of carrying the need to be perfect in the world's eyes. The next photograph has six women in bathing suits at the beach. One is standing on her head while five similar-looking women pose in high heels with their arms around each other sitting on a rail. In the next image, two identically dressed females compare their shoes.

    There's a lot of humor in the images. You'll see bobby soxers, women walking with books balanced on their heads, a girl on stilts, a bride gaping as her veil flaps ahead of her in the breeze, three generations of women profiled, and lots of old-fashioned clothing . . . all of which were considered "new and perfect" at one point in time or another. You'll be giggling a lot over these photographs.

    There are also some romantic, idealized images to reflect the need to be yourself. Those will cause you to yearn for tranquility and satisfaction.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Is As Perfect Does.
    There is no such thing as being perfect, but try to tell that to young mothers.At one time or another, all women strive for perfection.Men are born perfect.Like the male birs who are the beautiful ones who must get the notice of the female, men don't have to fool with makeup, or worry about hairdos.If they're clean and don't overdo the after shave, most are perfectly groomed without trying.

    But with women, we get caught in "the perfection trap" not only with looking as good as we can but training little girsl that subterfuge is natural.What gets to me are all the old (really old) women who continue to dye their hair.I know one who werars two sets of eyelashes at the same time.I wonder who she plans to seduce, as more men look at me with my natural hair, no eye makeup and coverup foundation with lighter shades of lipstick.

    This is a book of pictures more than guidance.That of the old woman reading to her cat is the most perfect.The two girls dressed like we did back in the Fifties with books on their heads as they walk are almost perfect.The five swimsuit dressed girls in their high heel shoes sitting on the railing watching another do a head stand looked to be right out of the Forties.Maybe that was perfection back then.

    Anna says that "trying to be perfect may be inevitable for people who are smart amd ambitious and interested in the world and its good opinion.What is really hard and amazing if giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself."Well said.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Oh, the Pressure!
    What a relief this quick and easy to read, sweet and oh, so
    insightful book is.Anna Quindlen's style of writing is inviting.
    I immediately felt like I was chatting with a fascinating old friend
    with whom I had much in common.Anna writes about the pressure ambitious
    people tend to put on themselves to be perfect.Where good is not enough
    and the never-ending pursuit of perfection is chasing a moving target --
    she offers a simple solution.Using examples from her own life as well as
    literary allusions, Anna demonstrates her theory clearly and convincingly.
    Give up the struggle.At first it seems down-right un-American.Pursuit of
    happiness is our heritage.Anna tenderly lays out the possibility that the
    issue is the "running" itself.I highly recommend this book and offer further
    that perhaps you, too could use the break.I love the way that kindness to and
    with oneself could be a way of life.This book dovetails nicely with
    another one of my favorite books called "Working on Yourself Doesn't Work"
    written by Ariel and Shya Kane. The Kanes too offer an ease to living a life
    I hadn't known was possible before. Who knew that life could be gentle
    and exciting, smooth and fulfilling.What if we could still get the things
    we want but skip the pressure we put on ourselves over how long it's
    taking or how wrong or right we're doing it all?It makes for a life worth
    living.Like I suggested above, read them both Anna Quindlen's "Being Perfect"
    and "Working on Yourself Doesn't Work" by Ariel and Shya Kane and try on a fun life
    for yourself.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Short book; potent message
    Anna Quindlen is one of those haunting writers, one who can fool you with a simple, basic cover and an ostensibly simple message. Then, she hits home with poignant views that makes one think, engage in introspection, and question why we do what we do.

    Quindlen has done it again with BEING PERFECT. This little 64 page book extolls the wisdom of avoiding perfectionism, or the perfection trap. She furthers her argument of the dangers of the perfection trap by describing the consequences and the toll it can take on life. She provides answers to the trap, answers that most likely will assuage those habitual perfectionists, as well as the novice. Satisfying oneself is a goal worthy of effort, yet difficult at times to quantify and compose as many perfectionists don't look at finite goals. Consequently, perfectionism can be a slippery slope.

    Quindlen moves ahead of the pack by asking the reader to consider what makes YOU happy, not your friends or family, YOU. This is an underlying message in the book...set goals and objectives in life that create happiness for you. We all have a tendency, at times, do what it takes to make those around us pleased or happy. The problem is simply this: these acts are not necessarily what makes us happy and thus, we are not living our own life.

    Quite honestly, Quindlen has created an essay designed for introspection and enrichment, one that is quite thought-provoking. This is a book that can be read and re-read, and quite quickly. Her message, though short, is quite potent. Recommended. ... Read more

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