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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?!

Minimalist Parenting will bring you more joy

Minimalist Parenting

That’s a pretty bold claim, huh? Well, it’s true. If you follow the exercises and suggestions in the Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less book by Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest you will automatically bring more good stuff into your life while avoiding more crap. Here are a few brief excerpts that […]

The frustrating Fourth Trimester


Susan Brink, a journalist and grandmother of six, has authored a new book called The Fourth Trimester: Understanding, Protecting, and Nurturing an Infant Through the First Three Months. After hearing about her research, I asked her, “What is the deal with newborns? Why are they so fussy and floppy? And how is it possible to […]

How blogging changed my life, by Rita Arens

Rita Arens

Rita Arens started her blog, Surrender, Dorothy, while on maternity leave with her now-eight-year-old daughter. In celebration of her new book launch, we asked her to look back in the wayback machine to share how she found support in the blogosphere. I remember those early days — and my desperation for connection at odd hours […]

Whit’s Picks: Photography book for moms

hose + containers = toddler fun

First, a disclosure: I know the author of this book and she is a lovely person. Second, I won mine at the EVO conference I attended in May. There was an Oprah moment where the presenters announced that everyone should reach under their chairs and that ten people would have won a copy of Elevate […]

Book report: Your Fussy Baby


If you have the book Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child by Dr. Marc Weissbluth then don’t be a sucker and buy Your Fussy Baby like I did. YFB is entirely included in HCHB. And I know this because I read both of them cover to cover when I had a super fussy baby. When my […]

French parenting Cliff’s Notes: La Pause


The book, Bringing Up Bebe, by writer (and mother) Pamela Druckerman made a splash upon its release, most of which was related to the theme of social behavior.  Why do French children eat like adults? Everyone wants to know. How do I get my kids to exercise good manners and accept foods with a variety […]

Reader mail: Must. Have. Wine.


Leah, a mom of two, who says she sees life as one huge Saturday Night Live skit, won me over by sending me this picture of her four-year old with our book. P.S. She and her writing partner have authored a book of their own: Must. Have. Wine. 81 Reasons Mommies Should Pour That Glass […]