There was a Farside cartoon published years ago that I often remember when speaking to my children. The cartoon illustrated the difference between what people say to their dogs (“Stay out of the garbage Ginger! Do you understand me Ginger?”) and what dogs hear (“Blah blah blah Ginger. Blah blah blah blah blah Ginger!”). I am sure the similarity between this fictional scenario and the real life conversations I have with my kids are closer than I care to (...Read More)
This text is from the excerpt box. Not sure if this will show up anywhere, but thought I would at least take a look.
When my oldest child, Milo, was about three months old, Secrets of the Baby Whisperer, by Tracy Hogg, was my Bible. I figured Milo was old enough to be on some sort of schedule and I was lured by Tracy Hogg’s E.A.S.Y. approach to getting your baby into a structured routine. The entire premise, for an exhausted, new mom, is more seductive than a tropical drink on a warm evening. I mean, Eating, Activity, Sleeping, You (as in You Time). Please. What’s (...Read More)
Statistics show that the amount of time that families are willing to put into meal preparation has greatly diminished, decreasing to just 10 minutes for an average meal. I find that statistic outrageous -my family can prepare a meal, eat it and be on to dessert in 10 minutes. Fortunately, Jeannette Bessinger and Tracee Yablon-Brenner (aka “The Real Food Moms”) have come to our rescue, providing ideas for lifestyle changes and healthy meals that accommodate our hectic lives with “Simple (...Read More)
Do you ever wish you had something like, say, a magic billfold you could pull out in the post office when your child is screaming and twisting himself around your legs like a dizzy boa constrictor? And with this magic billfold, you’d only have to peel it open to find out how to stop the horrifying tantrum in its tracks? This is what The Pocket Parent, a handy, narrow book written by Gail Reichlin and Caroline Winkler—two experienced mothers—aims to (...Read More)