Can I tell you how excited I am to be published in my first book? It's called My Other Ex: Women's True Stories of Losing and Leaving Friends. I keep looking at the byline with my name in print. The essays in this book are so beautiful, and I'm proud to be included. This review from Nina Badzin is an excellent summary of the book with highlights from many of the individual essays.
When my son was born, I gathered up all of the parenting books I could find - especially books on teaching babies how to sleep - and read them like crazy. In the midst of postpartum anxiety, the depth and breadth of conflicting advice started driving me crazy, and I lost my patience and donated them all to Goodwill.
I hadn't picked up a parenting book since.
And then I had a lucky break, because Dr. Deborah Gilboa sent me a copy of her new book. Deborah is a friend of mine, so I agreed to read it. I picked it up on a recent trip out of town and read it from cover to cover, thumbing back to sections I wanted to read again. It surprised me how much I enjoyed the book and also how useful I found it - and believe I will find it going forward. This one will stay in my library until my son is grown; each chapter covers various age ranges with simple solutions and suggestions to help navigate both the calm and rough waters of parenthood. I felt as though I could pick up the book and open it to any page and find comfort there. I felt as though she empowered me to be a better parent and be more confident in my decisions.
Deborah's book, Get the Behavior You Want... Without Being the Parent You Hate can be found at Amazon.
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More excellent reading from around the web:
Tracy's approach to sleepovers makes a lot of sense to me... but her 11-year-old daughter doesn't necessarily agree.
It doesn't hurt to smile - Katrina's essay on kindness tips from a beloved octogenarian is spot-on and a great reminder. I found myself smiling at strangers at the airport this week.
My son is growing so rapidly, this one hit me right in the heart:
Friendship, in its loveliest forms, from Bethany Meyer:
In case you missed it on my page, this post from Liz at Mom-101 on domestic violence is incredibly powerful.
Nicole's essay on divorce and feeding the souls of her children is heartbreakingly beautiful.
Sarah Reinhart always brings light to my life. I love her words and her images.
Lastly, if you are the parent of a child with autism or know a parent of a child with autism who is afraid to travel by air, this article is for you - I was honored to write on this topic for Airport Improvement magazine, and I love to see the airports doing great things for families.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are.