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Favorite Parenting Books

Favorite parenting books

New moms don't need condescension nor do they need snarkiness (two common tones used in much of the "new mom" literature out there). What they do need is clear facts and concise information delivered in a "we are all in this together" voice.

Enter Sandy and Marcie Jones. This mother-daughter author team has just come out with their follow up to Great Expectations: Your All-in-One Resource for Pregnancy and Childbirth ($14.95). The new book (also $14.95) , Great Expectations: Baby's First Year, is packed will useful information that will guide parents from the first day of baby's life all the way through baby's first steps.

I found the shopping guide especially useful as it errs on the side of cautious preparation. (Trust me, there will be enough excitement going on without having to figure out the baby swing in the first week). And the medical information is straightforward and easy to understand.

followParenthood is humbling and it has certainly brought me closer to my mother. We call and email all the time. While I value her advice and support, sometimes she cracks me up with her communications. And it turns out I am far from alone.

Postcards From Yo Momma is a crazy fun site where adult daughters and sons post the wild and wacky emails, texts, facebook comments, etc. that they received from their well intending moms.

Here’s a little sample from the site:

SUBJECT: THIS IS A TEST
Dear Daughter,
This is a test. If you do not respond by email by 8 p.m. tonight, I will assume you never received it. Last time I tried to send you an email it was returned with a message that I was not accepted as a legitimate correspondent or something to that effect. It was months ago that this happened. Bottom line’?¦the attempt to communicate failed not because I used a wrong address but because I did not pass muster and was halted by some GATE KEEPER. Your legal Mother

Consider yourself warned–this site becomes addictive. And now you can get more Mom missives. Founders DoreeShafrir and Jessica Grose have a new book Love, Mom: Poignant, Goofy, Brilliant Messages from Home. I keep it beside my bed for some light reading before I pass out from exhaustion. The chapters are short and snappy and packed with mom quotes that are so wacky they have to be authentic. This makes a perfect gift for a sibling that shares your love of mom and her crazy communications or for the women who started it all–our moms who bravelysurf the net and email in uncharted territories. Buy on Amazon ($12.23).

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Admit it. You like to brag about your offspring. It’s only natural. There’s a new book out that helps us see the humor in our exaggerations. The Perfect Baby Handbook: A Guide for Excessively Motivated Parents by Dale Hrabi takes a tongue-in-check look at how to be the uber parent.

If you are already obsessing about colleges and piano teachers let this book remind you not to take parenting (or yourself) so seriously. It’s packed full of parenting satire and biting wit. When your done making fun of yourself, subtly drop this off at your highly annoying brother-in-law’s house as a hint for him to tone down the non-stop chat about his “perfect spawn.”

I loved the section on “Essential Impulse Buys.” Really, who can do without a solid gold pacifier or infant pedometer! And I chuckled over the sleep coaching tip to adopt a three-toed sloth, “a congenial animal that sleeps up to eighteen hours a day and has a knack for making wakefulness seem uncool.” Buy on Amazon $11.55

The Dudes’ Guide to Pregnancy: Dealing with Your Expecting Wife, Coming Baby, and the End of Life as You Knew It is for the Dad who sees the humor in this parenting business (and lets face it if you misplace your sense of humor all is lost).

Bill Lloyd and Scott Finch seem to have set out to write the male equivalent of What to Expect When You’re Expecting. They aim to bond men together around the mysteries of childbirth.

Here’s a little excerpt from the “Extrasexual Perception” section:

As soon as the women in your wife’s life learn that she’s pregnant , they all become instant experts in the pseudo-science that is predicting your baby’s gender. While out friend science strongly frowns upon this ridiculous crap, he rarely says anything, because he’s too busy trying to score with your wife’s friends.

If you like this little quote, you’ll love this book. It’s full of nitty gritty stuff that “dudes” don’t want to talk about over a beer but really wish they knew (like what the afterbirth is all about). The author’s suggest “dudes” grab a beer and enjoy their wealth of wisdom. I say enjoy the laughs.

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