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Book Review: Jo Frost’s Toddler Rules: Your 5-Step Guide to Shaping Proper Behavior

Book Review: Jo Frost’s Toddler Rules: Your 5-Step Guide to Shaping Proper Behavior

Do you ever feel like that home and family you’re watching on reruns of Supernanny, is a mirror image of your own? I sure do. Some days, I hope that the door bell will ring and Jo Frost will be there to help us out! Barring that miracle from occurring, picking up a copy of Jo Frost’s new book, Jo Frost’s Toddler Rules: Your 5-Step Guide to Shaping Proper Behavior, is the next best thing. I … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-5 (By Age Group), Advice, Books, Books (Advice), Parenting, Tips, Toddlers

Parent’s Read: Helping Boys Learn

Parent’s Read: Helping Boys Learn

* I was sent this book to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* As the mom of two boys, I totally get that boys learn differently from girls. But the extent to just how differently they learn was a bit foreign to me until I started to read “Helping Boys Learn: 6 Secrets for Your Son’s Success in School”. My oldest is very bright (scary smart in that he sometimes outsmarts ME, ugh!) … Read entire article »

Filed under: Advice, Books, Books (Advice), Educational, Kindergartners, Learning, Parenting, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children

Parent’s Read: How Toddlers Thrive: What Parents Can Do Today for Children Ages 2-5 to Plant the Seeds of Lifelong Success

Parent’s Read: How Toddlers Thrive: What Parents Can Do Today for Children Ages 2-5 to Plant the Seeds of Lifelong Success

* I was sent this book to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* I want both of my boys to be happy and successful, but right now I am probably more focused on successfully potty-training my toddler more than anything else! I still wonder what they will be like as adults and what I can do to help raise them to be good human beings, be happy and successful. I just started reading … Read entire article »

Filed under: Advice, Books, Books (Advice), Parenting, Toddlers

The Newest Must-Have Summer Read for Moms Utilizing Social Media

The Newest Must-Have Summer Read for Moms Utilizing Social Media

With a combined total of five young children, two careers, four blogs, and dozens of regular clients, Debbie and I have searched hard for work-life-family balance. We both admire Colleen Padlla of Classymommy.com and Audrey McCelland of Momgenerations.com for the paths they have trail-blazed, finding a way to be simultaneously successful in the family world and the working world, all from their dining room tables! New mothers can put years of hard work spent in the … Read entire article »

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In Praise of Stay-At-Home Moms Book Review

In Praise of Stay-At-Home Moms Book Review

Since I work outside the home, my decision to read Dr. Laura’s new book In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms was a bit masochistic. If you are a working mother and you pick up this book, prepare yourself for a massive guilt trip. As I read, I tried to remind myself that this book wasn’t written for me. In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms was written for SAHMs who feel under-appreciated and who may face criticism from family and peers for their decision. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Books (Advice), Featured, Uncategorized, Women's Issues

Your Best Birth

Your Best Birth

Your Best Birth: Know All Your Options, Discover the Natural Choices, and Take Back the Birth Experience, by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein, is a book I would love to recommend to all of my pregnant friends–and I almost can. Lake and Epstein, or, as they would probably prefer to be called given the “girlfriend” tone of the book, Ricki and Abby, set out to awaken the inner birth goddess in every pregnant woman, but more … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books (Advice), Featured, Pregnancy

If You Give a Mom a Martini…

If You Give a Mom a Martini…

When my son was a newborn, The Rookie Mom’s Handbook helped me embrace motherhood.  Written by the two bloggers who started www.rookiemoms.com, this passage in The Rookie Mom’s Handbook spoke to me: “Welcome to Motherhood…You’re a rookie mom. Untrained, no experience. That’s you. And that’s not an insult. Even those of us who spent our adolescence babysitting for other people’s children or who work as preschool teachers or pediatric nurses are in for some big surprises. We’ve never been … Read entire article »

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Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

Bedtime can be quality time rather than battle time. By establishing a consistent routine, you can make bedtime more enjoyable for the whole family. Haydenburri Lane’s Bedtime Safari products were designed in conjunction with child development specialists to help children learn the necessary skills and activities needed to get ready for bed.   Haydenburri Lane provides advice to parents on how to establish a positive bedtime routine and why routines are important. (Click here to read their Parents’ Guide.)  And … Read entire article »

Filed under: Advice, Beds, Bedtime, Books, Books (Advice), Books (Pre-School), Featured, Parenting, Pre-schoolers, Sleeping, Tips, Toddlers

Mamanista Reads: 10-10-10 by Suzy Welch

Mamanista Reads: 10-10-10 by Suzy Welch

The folks at MomCentral sent me a review sample of Suzy Welch’s new book 10-10-10: A Life-Transforming Idea.  From the cover, it looked like another “self-help” book. Since I’m not a big fan of that genre, I’ll admit that I only cracked open 10-10-10because of Suzy Welch’s…ahem…notoriety.* But I kept reading because the 10-10-10 idea actually made sense.  10-10-10 is a decision-making practice that helps you make tough choices based on your values rather than out of  guilt, stress … Read entire article »

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When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Take a Nap

When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Take a Nap

If only Elizabeth Pantley would accept my offer to come live with me, I could hear her helpful and calming advice all day long.  Maybe her next release will be an affirmation CD for stressed-out parents. Pantley’s The No-Cry Nap Solution: Guaranteed Gentle Ways to Solve All Your Naptime Problems is another winner–combining research-based information about children’s sleep needs with practical and gentle advice and Pantley’s own unique supportive perspective for parents. Congresswoman Barbara Jordan once said, “Think … Read entire article »

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