Spring is in the air, and with that warm sunshine and hint of birdsong comes BABIES. TONS of babies. I’ve purchased three baby gifts in the past week, and have some more on the horizon.
Are you also in search of baby shower gifts that aren’t lame? Buy the baby a superhero onesie, and then get the mom something that’s a step up from a breast pump: the book “Let’s Panic About Babies!” This book is exactly what you want out of every self-help book but rarely find: it’s laugh-out-loud funny, ridiculous, and actually a tiny bit informative. It will calm you down and freak you out about your pregnancy all at the same time. As one of the authors wrote on her blog: “Let’s Panic About Babies! is a book I wrote with the delightful Alice Bradley. You will like it if you are currently pregnant, if you have children, or if you have absolutely no intention of having children. Not just because it’s funny, but because you can burn it to stay warm.”
Want the book? Lucky for you, I’m giving away a signed copy! You can enter the following ways:
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EDIT: We have a winner! Random.org selected #2, which is Erin! Erin, be on the lookout for an email!
Don’t panic. If you start to panic, spend a quality moment with your Adipose stress reliever.
My favorite is that when mom and dad are in disagreement, rather than express that in front of a child (and teach them the “divide and conquer” strategy), have a signal, like pulling at an earlobe, which signifies to the other parent that they need to leave the room, work out a coherent strategy, and then come back as a unit and inform the child.
I love the title, Let’s Panic About Babies! There is so much to think about and panic does set in sometimes. Ultimately, I am learning a little person definitely makes parents better people. I also want to see the What to Expect When You’re Expecting movie, as I read the book last time I was pregnant. This would be a great read for this time.
“Once they’re born it’s illegal to kill them, but you CAN ground them for LIFE!” – anyone who’s survived three boys less than two years apart, one teenage step daughter and a wise cracking blonde joking step son, can completely understand this.
I’m not a parent myself, but I have always liked the advice to choose your battles wisely. For example, if you relent on the goofy haircut but stand firm on completing one’s homework, your kid will know what’s most important and not feel the need to rebel because “I can’t do anything.” At least, that’s how it always seemed to me.
Once you have kids, you aren’t allowed to take showers. Did you know that? If you try to, they will break into your room, eat all the chocolate you didn’t realize you had hidden in your closet, flood the other bathroom, and poison the dog. I know.
Seeing as I had a dream last night (read: NIGHTMARE) that Dikla was pregnant, sure, why not?