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We give you our no-BS opinion on many books in the parenting genre from awesome cookbooks for busy parents to the book that tells your mom to step off (but you totally still love and trust her). From fun to serious. Oh, and did we mention, we have a book?!

Father’s Day “do-together” gift ideas

Father's Day Gift Ideas with a focus on stuff dad can DO with kiddos

Thanks to for sponsoring this post about Father’s Day gifts. Observations of holidays like Father’s Day run the gamut from pancakes instead of cold cereal for breakfast to shiny new tablets wrapped in red ribbons. At least I’ve been led to believe this by all the Father’s Day advertising I’ve seen in recent weeks. […]

Book report: Happiest Toddler on the Block

Happiest Toddler on the Block: or what would Harvey Karp say?

I was very lucky to meet Dr. Harvey Karp at a conference last year, and he gave me a copy of the Happiest Toddler on the Block DVD. Since I had so many specific questions for him, I didn’t confess that I’d already seen it thanks to the library. Let me cut to the chase, […]

My toddler’s favorite potty training books

Potty training books for rookie moms

As we consider upping our potty training, these books are now in rotation during storytime (Yes, storytime. I can’t doo books while on the potty. Ick). Once Upon a Potty. We love the book about Joshua and his tireless mother; it teaches patience for all of us. Also comes in girl flavor. Everyone Poops. Stylized […]

Ashlee Wells Jackson thinks you’re beautiful

Lovelyn from 4th Trimester Bodies Project

Do you love your 4th trimester body? If you’re like me, then you don’t. But if you’re more like Ashlee Wells Jackson, you recognize that motherhood, pregnancy, and breastfeeding change women’s bodies in real, beautiful, and necessary ways that shouldn’t be denied or hidden. Dang. The 4th Trimester Bodies Project is an ongoing photo documentary […]

How to: Romance after birth


We put this little tip at the beginning of The Rookie Mom’s Handbook because as discussed earlier this week, it’s easy to put your love life on hold when you have explicit instructions from the doctor to do so.  But remember: Dr. Obgyn never said you couldn’t make out. The Rookie Mom’s Handbook is available […]