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It Gets Easier! . . . And Other Lies We Tell New Mothers: A Fun, Practical Guide to Becoming a Mom Paperback – June 3, 2009
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“…each chapter is packed with invaluable, uncensored advice on absolutely everything..a must for baby shower and new mom gifts.” -- Bookpage
“…written for all mothers. Whether pregnant...or a seasoned mom interested in hearing motherhood talked about REALISTICALLY, this book is great!” -- An Island Life
"Let me tell you, this book is a such a fun read! It is full of hilarious information, that can only be the truth.” -- My Organized Chaos
“Any mom--new or experienced--will enjoy Wolk's take on everything from managing sleep issues to making work ‘work’…laugh-out-loud funny and thought-provoking.” -- Cincinnati Parent
“…offers down-to-earth guidance on everything new mothers need to know…a ton of tips…to help ease the transition into parenthood.” -- Atlanta Parent
“…written by the mother of three, this book is full of humor and practical tips for surviving motherhood.” -- Foreword magazine
“With humor and compassion, Wolk is straightforward about how baby alters, but doesn’t have to completely transform, your life.” -- She Knows Pregnancy and Baby
“With its sass, blunt honesty and wit, “It Gets Easier!” reads more like a girlfriend’s insider secrets to adapting to life after becoming a new mom.” -- The Intelligencer
“It Gets Easier…and Other Lies We Tell New Mothers, is a breath of fresh air compared to many of the standard new mom/parenting books on the market.” --parentplace.com
There is no question that being a mother is challenging, but this fun, frank, and prescriptive guide tries to do the impossible and make new motherhood easier. Featuring interviews with hundreds of moms and candid stories from author Claudine Wolk’s own experiences as a mother, It Gets Easier!...and Other Lies We Tell New Mothers mixes humor, honesty, and insider strategies that will give new moms a “leg-up.” This upbeat and entertaining book drives home the point that new moms are not alone and that there are things they can do to make motherhood a little more controllable and lot more enjoyable. It addresses such issues as:
• “The Talk” you need to have with your husband before you give birth
• what you really need to know about labor and delivery
• the importance of a baby schedule (no matter what anyone else says)
• the 6 Baby Commandments that can foster good eating and sleeping habits
• 5 new mom mantras that will help keep you sane
• body image after giving birth
• how to keep housework to a minimum
Complete with resources for further exploration and a helpful glossary, this funny, irreverent book will help ease every new mother’s frustration.
More About the Author
Their advice DID help and I wanted to share my good fortune on all the Mom issues: better sleep, breastfeeding, relationship issues, stay at home mom issues, working mom issues, finding fulfillment in life, etc. After my third child entered preschool, I started writing. With my Dad as editor, I published the book in 2008. The book sold so well it was picked up by an agent and then sold to AMACOM books - they released an expanded edition of the book in 2009. The book sells on Amazon and has also been sold to publishers in Poland and Portugal.
I began blogging (Help4NewMoms)and speaking in 2008 to promote the book but also to simply reach new moms. The most fulfilling (and fun) part of this experience for me has been to meet with new moms. There is nothing more wonderful than to meet with new moms in person. I basically do a quick talk on helping moms find time for themselves, make them do a little dance, visit for a while, and learn new tips. It NEVER ceases to amaze me how many women essentially give up their own lives to care for children 24/7 with nary a desire of their own - it's fascinating - a miracle, really. For me to provide a bit of help to them is overwhelmingly fulfilling. As one mom told me, "Thanks for taking the time with us, for we are worth the effort!"
Top Customer Reviews
The first part of the book accurately covers the early days of motherhood, from labor to the first weeks at home. I can imagine many new mothers reading the book post-birth will wish they had the book before going into labor, because Wolk's tips on dealing with labor and delivery issues (pain management, breast feeding, nurses) are great.
The book then delves into the early days when mother and child are home, out of the cocoon of the hospital. Wolk's suggestions for getting baby on schedule and getting Mom back on her feet are excellent, but unlike some books of this type, she always digs deeper. She touches on the emotions (exhaustion, isolation and confusion) that women may experience and offers ideas for taking care of oneself physically and mentally. And it's not all sweetness and light. There are discussions on coping with challenging feelings, like being bored at home or wanting back pre-baby freedom and hating housework. I thought her discussions about how a baby can affect marital relationships were particularly insightful. And as she always does, she combines theory with practice. Her suggestions for co-parenting and marital issues (teamwork, scheduling, romance) are useful, witty, and wise.Read more ›
This book takes away all the romance that we so often attribute to the concept of motherhood and replaces it with practical knowledge, so that we can truly be better moms and happier women. And that, my friends, is the real secret and beauty of motherhood -- striking a balance, and maintaining personal happiness so that when our little tikes reach milestones, we are rested enough and happy enough to appreciate and treasure them! And it is true that happy moms have happier children. So forget trying to maintain the perfect motherly facade... it's time to shatter that, get real and be truthful with ourselves and our peers. Parenting (and especially mothering) is hard work and this book shows us that it's time we started to help each other out so we can make it through successfully.
And hey ladies... when you are done reading this book, it might be a good idea to pass it along to your hubbies. If they really want to know how you feel, this book would certainly give them a clue.
PS: I am buying this book for every new mom I know. I started with my cousin and she loves the book as much as I do!
Pretty selfish, badly written, uninspired stuff. She gets you to read it by breathlessly saying she'll divulge secrets only "girlfriends" would tell you...and then feeds you her opinion, covered in out-of-context quotes by others so it looks like fact, and claiming her and her "friends" wouldn't lead you wrong. She tries to interject humor, usually by sprinkling in some profanity in odd places - but it usually falls flat and comes out sounding more like a teenager trying to get a rise out of their parents.
Her hyped "schedule" is not new - it's ripped off from a parenting "expert" whose methods has been condemned by every major parenting and pediatric group out there for being medically inaccurate and potentially dangerous. But by going on about how well it worked for her and her friends (with a token "disclaimer" to cover her butt), she makes it sound like it's this great secret everyone's keeping from parents in order to oppress them. She goes on at length about how you shouldn't let anyone give you guilt about your parenting style...while making it very clear that she thinks people who parent differently than her are mindless fools.
Some of her "advice" is on things she admits she knows nothing about - a chapter on the "truth" of breastfeeding, when she admits she's never done so - or on things that I guess she assumes no one knows anything about - did she need a whole chapter on how to keep the house clean (mostly by going on about how hard it is and suggesting you pay for a housecleaning service)?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got it for my first pregnancy. I think it's supposed to be funny with a "we've all been there" attitude but as a first time mom pretty much just made me dread the baby... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Laineybug
This was a great insight into what to expect bringing home a new baby. I had no idea what to start reading other than wanting to educate myself as much as possible and I couldn't... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Karen Bishop
This book is fabulous! It covers so many issues that you never would have thought of. It makes you feel comfortable with your new roll in life (motherhood). Read morePublished 11 months ago by Lindsey DiTullio
WOW!!! EVERY MOM SHOULD BUY THIS BOOK! OR IF YOUR LOOKING FOR A BABY SHOWER GIFT, THIS IS PERFECT!Published 12 months ago by stephanie
This book was great. Had concrete info to use and try and really made me laugh too. I would highly recommend.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
Short, humorous, food for thought. I enjoyed all of this book and will keep looking back at my bookmarks for guidancePublished 22 months ago by G Varela
I didn't find this book too funny. I was really looking for something that tells of the struggles in a funny way about the first fees months of figuring out motherhood. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jessica Lynn
What a fun book! Looking forward to my first grand baby - bought this book for my daughter-in-law. Babyhood seems to have changed since the twentieth century! Good luck girls! Read morePublished on January 22, 2014 by Bling Blinky of TEXAS