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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Mother Love Publishing (June 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097781789X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977817894
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chris Salditt has sucessfully launched her own two daughters to independence, using their experiences to fill the pages of this book. She's given them advice on how to handle landlords, bake a potato to perfection, and understand the mysteries of the popcorn and ramen noodle diet. Chris lives with her husband in a Seattle suburb, just far enough away from her daughters to mind her own business, yet close enough to offer a "mommy fix" when needed.

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I loved this book and laughed out loud throughout the reading of it.
Christine Dotson
We LOVE this book and have given many copies to new graduates (both from high school and college)!
robert j. pope
Common sense, expert advice, and a dash of deliciously wry humor makes for a great read.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MBM on June 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
For every parent that desperately tries to convey wisdom, knowledge, and practicality to their children... for anyone who knows kids to whom they'd like to impart the same... for anyone who knows someone who has kids who are trying likewise... THIS is a book to consider! When that time arrives for the kids to move out, and one wonders if the life lessons to date have had ANY impression whatsoever, this is one last chance to slip a "pearl of wisdom" into the pockets of those kids! Because the book is written humorously, the likelihood that it'll get read BY the kids is increased! Then, once read, the knowledge gets discretely conveyed! No one book could likely convey EVERYONE'S ideal truths, but Salditt has a gift for capturing what appears to be street-smart truths that we might "know" but have not necessarily "spoken". This book lends itself as a gift for multiple occasions when you want to give something of significance, but don't know "what" to give without being too "deep" or "philosophical"! ... Salditt targets the needs of a large population: the collective of baby-boomer parents and their "ready-to-leave-the-nest" children. This book is delightful in many ways! You may surprise YOURSELF as you giggle your OWN way through the pages and realize how much YOU know about living life!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Lowery on February 4, 2007
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Not only is this a must-have book for any child contemplating the big move, but every adult who has made it to the stage of having a child who is ready to leave should read it. You will pat yourself on the back and wonder how you survived.

I laughed as Salditt reminds us of the importance of toilet paper and how NOT having toilet paper is a very bad thing! I'm not sure if I cried because of memories of some horrible roommates, or at the thought of my "baby" out on his own.

The illustrations are charming and this little gem of a book is filled with terrific checklists for you and the young adult that is making the big move.

I can't wait to see what Salditt tackles next.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Linda Arink on March 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
Love this book. It's written in such a way that even if your kid won't believe you, they'll believe this. Witty, engaging and covers everything to do with moving out. Young adults will appreciate it and parents will feel better knowing that their "babies" have this information.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Miryam Gordon on March 8, 2008
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Children moving out forget just how many little things are sitting around their parents homes, like rubberbands and tape, that they never have to think about. It's all just "there".

This is a great book of lists and ideas for both movers and parents of movers to use to stock up on large and small items that will make life just so much easier on your own! There are even tips on how to interview a house-mate, and a little cooking, and remembering to ask the landlord where the laundry facilities are when you're looking at a new place.

It's a quick read, and a quick eye-opener, and a cute gift.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan Gossman on October 7, 2006
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This book is alot of fun. It is filled with practical advice such as: "Get a calendar to remind you what day it is, when rent is due, and when it's Mom's or Dad's birthday." If only I had this book when I moved out of my parent's house. The chapter about "Avoid the roommate from hell" would have been very useful. The illustrations are hillarious and they have an excellent website.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Bennett on August 22, 2006
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OK, so it's not Moby Dick. And there's not any Rhymin' Simon - slip out the back, Jack stuff, either. But those things have already been done anyway. Come take a ride on the love train as Motha' Salditt uses a clever diatribe sprinkled with tidbits of comedy, real life traumatic decisions and nostalgia. Don't be surprised if this becomes a sitcom on the WB network.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Basho Press on April 20, 2008
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It's not just for the 28-year-old still living in the basement! Anyone going to college should read this, even if half of it won't apply for a couple years. By the time you move out of campus housing, you'll have used every chapter. I particularly like the sections on roommates and laundry! My son won't be in college for two years, but in June 2010, he'll get his copy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne M. Woodstock on March 24, 2014
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We had our 5 kids read this book before they moved out on their own. We are huge on lifeskills and there are so many that schools never teach them and most people just learn the long hard way after leaving the nest.. but this is a faster and much more FUN way to learn a lot of practical helpful things that will come up as a young adult on your own. Even some you might not think of just off the top of your head.

We had a fun time conversing about this book as they read it too, it is fun and comical to read and we laughed a lot too, not boring at all and many times we said "Hey that is a really clever idea or way to solve that problem."

Our 2 sons and 3 daughters are now 18-26 and all living independently on their own and it gave them confidence and us peace of mind having them read this before leaving our nest.
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