Parenting & Relationships

Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss

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26My across-the-street neighbor suddenly kicked the bucket, leaving a grieving widow and exquisite 6-year old son. I went along to the book store and came upon this book. There’s not lots out there on grieving for the children. Reading this book, I was gone to live in tears there in the bookstore aisle. The pictures are marvelous out of the box the story. This book tells of ‘Grandy’, who loses ‘someone close’. Especially helpful is that it doesn’t specify who the ‘someone’ is, so that it can go with any situation. Grandy and Grampy are generating tear soup. The book tells how everyone is afraid to approach someone who’s grieving, and exactly how people who think of yourself as helpful, sometimes are certainly not. It follows the stages of grief, and ways in which you have to allow yourself continuously you need. In the end, most difficult day comes, and Grandy puts the tear soup away from the freezer to taste here and there. Her grandson says, “What will I do once you die, Grandy?” And she replies, “I’ll give you my recipe for tear soup.” Gorgeous. I now keep a copy in this book available for those grieving in all of the walks of life. Read the rest of this entry »


The Wedding Planner & Organizer

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25Weddings require organization, record-keeping, legwork, logistics. In other words, a planner. From the celebrity complete wedding planner and author on the The Wedding Book, Mindy Weiss’s All-In-One Wedding Planner & Organizer helps couples record every detail before their Big Day. It’s the organizer that features exactly what you’ll need for on-the-go, on-the-ground wedding preparation.

Created as being a three-ring binder, they have tabs for every category:
• The Big Picture and Contacts
• Budget
• Location, Location, Location!
• Menu and Flowers
• Rentals
• The Dress! (And What Everyone Else Is Wearing)
• The Guests along with the Invitations
• Music, Photography, and Videography
• Making It Official: Rings, Licenses, Vows, Officiants

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The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

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24It’s no secret that breastfeeding would be the normal, healthy approach to nourish and nurture baby. Dedicated to supporting nursing and pregnant women, the internationally respected La Leche League has raised for educating and empowering mothers in this particular natural art for generations.

Now their classic bestselling guide has become retooled, refocused, and updated for today’s mothers and lifestyles. Working mothers, stay-at-home moms, single mothers, and mothers of multiples will all take advantage of the book’s variety of nursing advice, stories, and information—from getting ready for breastfeeding in pregnancy to feeding cues, from nursing positions to expressing and storing breast milk. With all-new photos and illustrations, this ultimate support bible offers

• real-mom wisdom on breastfeeding comfortably—from avoiding sore nipples to merely enjoying the amazing bonding experience
• new insights into old approaches toward latching and attaching, ages and stages, and techniques to the most-asked questions Read the rest of this entry »

You Have to F*****g Eat

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23A New York Times Best Seller

One of BookRiot’s Must-Read Books from Indie Presses for 2014

One of Flavorwire’s 50 Best Independent Fiction and Poetry Books of 2014

“You Have to F***ing Eat makes parents of picky eaters smile.”
–TODAY Parents

“Adam Mansbach…will delight exhausted and exasperated parents everywhere for any second time with You Have to F**king Eat–another children’s book that is certainly most definitely not for the kids.”
–Entertainment Weekly

“An equally hilarious ode to kids at the table.”
–Huffington Post

“Parents, Adam Mansbach gets you. He understood that sometimes your son or daughter just won’t go the f**k to get to sleep. And, within his new foulmouthed bedtime book for fogeys out Wednesday, he realizes that sometimes they merely won’t f**king eat. And he knows, well, it is really f**king annoying. So how about some f**king comic relief?”

“A likeable variation on the universal f***ing theme.”
–Kirkus Reviews

“A hilarious sendup on the eternal fight between kids in addition to their parents over what you should eat and when–if in any way.”
–New York Journal of Books

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Our Q&A a Day: 3-Year Journal for 2 People

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I bought this to be a last minute gift for my boyfriend for Valentine’s Day. I am a performer and a writer who enjoys documentation coming from all forms, and I considered that this would be a great little exercise to accomplish every once in awhile.

REALITY: Blown away
Only a fortnight in, this journal happens to be much more than “an exciting little exercise.” It is a thing that I look ahead to doing each day when I get up. It is now a part of my daily routine, and I can’t wait to respond the questions month after month. My boyfriend definitely feels exactly the same way.

Not only could it be fun, this journal is the beginning of lots of great conversations within our relationship. Even the silliest questions, (ie “What’s the softest thing that you are wearing today?”) undoubtedly are a cause for self reflection and discussion, since I be able to wear my PJs (I work at home), and my boyfriend’s softest thing are his socks (poor sucker enters into a corporate office every single day). Read the rest of this entry »

Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife

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20A dynamic and inspiring investigation of the new science that’s redrawing the long run for people of their forties, fifties, and sixties for your better—and once and for all.

There’s no such thing being an inevitable midlife crisis, Barbara Bradley Hagerty writes with this provocative, hopeful book. It’s a myth, an illusion. New scientific research explodes the fable that midlife is often a time when things will go downhill for anyone. In fact, midlife could be a great new adventure, when you can actually embrace fresh possibilities, purposes, and pleasures.

In Life Reimagined, Hagerty explains that midlife is approximately renewal: It’s enough time to renegotiate your life purpose, refocus your relationships, and transform the method that you think about the world and yourself. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success

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19“Julie Lythcott-Haims can be a national treasure. . . . A must-read for each parent who senses that there is usually a healthier and saner method to raise our kids.” -Madeline Levine, author with the New York Times bestsellers The Price of Privilege and Teach Your Children Well

“For parents who wish to foster hearty self-reliance rather than hollow self-esteem, How to Raise an Adult will be the right book for the right time.” -Daniel H. Pink, author from the New York Times bestsellers Drive and A Whole New Mind

A provocative manifesto that exposes the harms of helicopter parenting and sets forth an alternative solution philosophy for raising preteens and teens to self-sufficient young adulthood

In How to Raise an Adult, Julie Lythcott-Haims draws on research, on conversations with admissions officers, educators, and employers, additionally, on her own insights as being a mother and to be a student dean to focus on the ways during which overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society as a whole. Read the rest of this entry »