“Tricky People” are the New Strangers

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Right after Diddy was born, I was in the car listening to NPR and I heard a child safety educator say, “Stop telling your kids not to talk to strangers. They might need to talk to a stranger one day. … Continue reading

Fourth — and Final! — Book to Read Before You Pop That Kid — The Blessing of a Skinned Knee by Wendy Mogel

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I’ve read a lot of parenting books. Partly because I am the sort of person who likes to do her research, partly because I’ve spent a lot of the last five years on bedrest, growing babies, and I haven’t had … Continue reading

Third Book to Read Before You Pop That Kid — The Sleepeasy Solution by Jennifer Waldburger and Jill Spivack

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Here’s a little story about Mommy learning curves: When Diddy was born, I couldn’t get enough of her. I literally could not ever put her down. Not because she needed to be held 24/7, but because I needed to hold … Continue reading

Second Book to Read Before You Pop That Kid — Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg (and Melinda Blau)

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Secrets of the Baby Whisperer should be a book I hate. It should be a book I hate because Tracy Hogg’s attitude is totally my-way-or-the-highway, and as I’ve already told you, I really don’t have any patience for that when … Continue reading

First Book To Read Before You Pop That Kid: The Happiest Baby on the Block

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Harvey Karp’s The Happiest Baby on the Block is a must-have because it does a great job at VERY SIMPLY explaining how you can make that new baby of yours stop crying his eyes out. Even better, it does it … Continue reading