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First-Time Mom: Getting Off on the Right Foot From Birth to First Grade Paperback – October 1, 2004
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"First-Time Mom" offers just that-practical guidance and insight on raising your first child-with the right touch of humor, too. Parenting expert Dr. Kevin Leman reveals how you can not only "get through" those first ten exhausting, transitional days, but also create a lifetime bond of emotional security. He explains the differences in the parenting styles of firstborns, middleborns, and lastborns, helping you identify your own strengths and weaknesses.
Whether you've received your incredible gift through birth or adoption, becoming a parent is the most significant task you'll ever undertake. So raise your firstborn right-with confidence and a positive parenting experience. Then watch your child change the world!
Top Customer Reviews
One of the things that helped me in reading this book was that I had heard the author speak on a video before. He has a very dry-witted sense of humor. He says that kids can be little hedonists sometimes but he says that in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way. If you don't know this going into the book some of the things he says could be offensive if you took them literally.
I felt that the author's attitude helped in being able to take the advice that worked for you and leave the rest. I've never read a parenting book that I've agreed with entirely but I appreciate the way that this was presented and felt I left with some good advice about parenting.
The author is an expert on birth order and how it influences personality. Birth order, as the author describes, does not just refer to chronological birth order as the previous reviewer thought. Rather, the author describes several circumstances that can lead a child to behave like a first born (e.g. being the first of the gender in the household--whether it be male OR female child; being born more than 5 years after the next youngest sibling; etc.).
In addition to wonderfully practical advice on what to expect the first 10 days of motherhood, the first year, the toddler years, and pre-school years, the author brings new perspective to these issues when he incorporates his insight on how birth order--your child's and your own--influences your personality and approach to life. The author even gives sound advice on how to raise a child whose personality might "clash" with your own style.
I read this book in my last trimester. It saved my sanity when my child was born. Another friend just read it after her son turned 1 years old and she says she wish she had read it before he was born.
Some reviewers complained because it was written by a man. So what? He really knows what he's talking about. That didn't make a bit of difference to me. To be honest, there might be some truths that are difficult for moms to swallow, but I was looking for someone who would tell me what I needed to hear about motherhood, not just what would make me feel good. Yes, he does discuss the importance of staying home with your child for the first few years of his or her life. This can be a touchy subject for guilt-ridden moms, but it's worth it to try to understand why he makes the suggestions that he does. Really, though, this book discusses so much more than staying home, and it really could be overlooked in order to examine other important points he makes. Other than that, I didn't find the book to be controversial. I think it applies to moms everywhere who are really concerned about their child's total development.
I definitely recommend this to all moms before they begin reading any other parenting book. It's a great introduction to anything else you might read. For me, reading the book put my mind more at ease and relieved quite a bit of anxiety I had had about motherhood.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I picked this book up at the library to read and I am so glad I did. There was a lot of good information in there and I wish I had read it a year ago as it had a lot of good... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Reli
excellent guide and resource for all new parents. language is simple, plain; the ideas are very useful and practical. Read morePublished 16 months ago by albita
There are good points throughout- the forceful one-time NO (parents are the bosses of the family, not the children), but I was quickly turned off by the attitude towards working... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Rebwana
Great book! My church new mom group used it. It was very insightful and funny. I gave it 4-stars because I don't necessarily agree with everything but I do value his opinion. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kim French
Very helpful to first time moms as they desire to raise their children with God's direction! A must read for both mom and dad!Published on September 2, 2013 by Susan B. Richter
This was a good book with lots of info and encouragement. I would recommend it to a friend. Loved it!Published on April 7, 2013 by sam
Dr. Leman offers incredible wisdom for first-time moms in his book First-Time Mom: Getting Off on the Right Foot From Birth to First Grade. Read morePublished on January 24, 2013 by Miprip