Blindsided by a Diaper

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Edited by Dana Bedford Hilmer

A book chock-full of honest essays about parenting. Where was this book two years ago when I was knee-deep in diapers? This collection of personal accounts from the trenches of parenthood covers a wide range of topics and parents, from Moon Unit Zappa to Ariel Gore and a lot of other sleep-deprived souls in between.

The book is an entertaining and enlightening look at the world many of us face daily. I laughed out loud, I sympathized, I read some accounts in disbelief. This would make a great gift for a parent-to-be, new parent or a parent you know who is struggling with all that parenting entails. Large stack of books.

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August 2, 2007. motherhood, non-fiction, parenting. Leave a comment.

I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids

reinventing modern motherhood

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by Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile

Love this book.  Love it, love it, love it.  Unlike the last book I reviewed, this one isn’t condescending, offensive or illogical.   It contains brutally honest quotes from mothers of many walks of life about the thankless tasks of parenting that no one warns you about beforehand.    This book explores the perils of modern marriage and motherhood, and poses the question why do mothers feel such overwhelming and debilitating guilt?  A big part of the authors’ theory is that we live with unrealistic expectations, that we think we can do it all and have it all, when in reality, we can’t.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who is a mother, who knows a mother or who lives with a mother (significant others, I’m looking at  you).  It is an honest look at our daily lives without negativity.
This one is a quick read.  I read it in two days.  It is also well designed and laid out, a plus for this graphics-conscious reader.  Extra-large stack of books.

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June 29, 2007. how-to, motherhood. 3 comments.