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Child, Please: How Mamas Old-School Lessons Helped Me Check Myself Before I Wrecked Myself Hardcover – May 5, 2015
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—Heidi Stevens, The Chicago Tribune
“I loved this book, which—in the lightest, funniest way—acknowledges hard truths about race and parenting. In telling her story, and her mother's, Ylonda Gault Caviness brings an important, and charming, new voice to the parenting conversation. Her mama should be proud.”
—Claire Dederer, author of Poser
“A bold and ballsy, yet deeply honest, take on trying to raise kids in today's world of ‘mothering as an extreme sport.’ Ylonda was brought up by a no-nonsense, tough-love mama who, it turns out, got more than a few things right. Whether you're black or white, whether your kids are babies or adults, you're bound to find this book as fun to read as it is thought-provoking.”
—Cathi Hanauer, author of Gone and Sweet Ruin and editor of The Bitch in the House
“Ylonda’s mama didn’t raise no fool. Smart enough to see the wisdom in her mother’s old-school parenting ways, the author suggests that newfangled approaches aren’t necessarily what they’re cracked up to be. Got your hands full raising children? Put yourself on ‘time out’ and read this insightful, often hilarious, book!”
—Monique Greenwood, former editor in chief of Essence, author of Having What Matters, and owner of Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns
“Mothers of every color will laugh out loud and relate to Ylonda Gault Caviness's raw voice. Hilarious, moving, and blisteringly honest—you'll end the book feeling less alone than when you started!”
—Jill Smokler, author Confessions of a Scary Mommy
“In this ever busier and more complex world, Ylonda Gault Caviness has invited us to take a breath with her, a moment to assess not only who we are, but how we became the women we are. Ultimately, this book is the story of the right to claim not only motherhood and mother wit, but the full expanse of what it means to be a woman—including the right to roll your eyes and say, 'Child, please!'”
—asha bandele, author of The Prisoner's Wife
"A poignant and rich celebration of the spectrum of black motherhood—from our old-school mamas to modern-day sensibility—that harks back to the cherished wisdom of a bygone era."
—Kuae Kelch Mattox, national president of Mocha Moms, Inc.
“A real treasure. . . Ylonda is an engaging voice with smart, timely advice. She's informative and credible—but never boring or stuffy. I love her point of view.”
—Celeste Headlee, host of NPR’s “The Takeaway”
“Wise and entertaining, Child, Please combines the keen insights of a journalist and the humor of a good girlfriend. . . A must read.”
—Michele Borba, author of 12 Simple Secrets Real Moms Know and TODAY contributor
"Ylonda Caviness is a mom who has been-there-and-done-that and knows how to convert that wisdom into words. Her entertaining, yet comforting voice is just what today's moms need to help put parenthood into perspective."
—Dr. Ari Brown, pediatrician and author of the Baby 411 book series
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Top Customer Reviews
I thought the book was great as it touched on race (just because you close your eyes doesn't mean the issue goes away), culture, differences between man and woman, plight of working mothers, and more, in a really funny and truthful way. I also felt it spoke to mothers in general, race not withstanding.
I personally liked it a lot and spent my Mother's Day reading it. So yeah...
The unspoken rules ,words and sisterhood that African American women share..
Everything old is new again...
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I think the reader will enjoy this book. I love the humor of the author.Published 5 months ago by romaine w.
Loved this momma's perspective! Part memoir, part parenting advice, but 100% on target. The author has a fabulous voice and this was a great read.Published 8 months ago by sara
Awesome book with real scenarios I could definitely relate to.Published 9 months ago by Saundra A. Mabry
It was a enjoyable and easy reading. I experenced several emotions . Laughing, anger and a heavy heart. Excellent book that I will recommend reading.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Insightful to a fault and hilarious to the bone as she aptly describes the highs and woes of motherhood. Great reading! Sandy PattersonPublished 10 months ago by Sandy E Patterson
I was looking forward to reading this book thinking it would be more anecdotal than it was. I was disappointed with the fact that the poor me and my slave background played into... Read morePublished 11 months ago by L. Crusing
It was more of a mother's life story without much allusion to any old school wisdom. The piece published before the book release was really good, but the book itself could be much... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Madhavi Kandukuri