My Favorite Parenting Books

 "What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though."-J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye ...more

Parenting Book Fail: Ridiculous Parent/Child Dialogues

There are a lot of things that irk me about the parenting book world, but nothing quite ticks me off like the inane, complicated, Danny-Tanner-esque conversations all these multitudes of parents are apparently having with their children....more
Personally, when I start speaking in the "book-speak" (and God knows I've tried!) my kids' eyes ...more

Success with Parenting Books, 10 Minutes at a Time

I am an avid reader of parenting books. Maybe “avid” isn’t quite the right word. Maybe it’s more like “desperate”. Whatever I have to tackle, I run frantically to the books. This is no secret in my family....more

I was tackling some issues with my little guys last year, and found it very helpful. I didn't ...more

What to Expect? The Unexpected!

Dear Delilah,As your birthday gets closer, I find myself reflecting on my pregnancy with you, and all of the plans I made for your birth. The month or so before you were born was an emotional roller coaster! There were so many ups and downs, some that had to do with my pregnancy, and some that had to do with life in general.There is a popular pregnancy book called "What to Expect When You're Expecting". My understanding is that it's filled with information about all of the horrible things that can go wrong during a pregnancy....more

Attention, Mothers: You Must Now Panic

When I was pregnant with my daughter in 2003, I immersed myself in advice, inhaling the entire parenting section of the library and local bookstore and supplementing my paperback reading with four magazine subscriptions and three different "has your baby grown eyelashes yet?" pregnancy calendars. I learned about avoiding soft cheeses and sushi during pregnancy, how to swaddle an infant and how to "keep my marriage alive." ...more

Finding the balance is like a mine field waiting to blow up in your face at any moment. more