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"A realistic guide to keeping your kids safe and healthy." – PEOPLE.com "New mom and healthy living advocate Paige Wolf provides truths, tips and mom-to-mom advice on how to go green without going insane in this humorous must-read." – Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine
"Parents may be the guiltiest demographic, but [Wolf’s] advice pertains to all those suffering a crisis of environmental conscience." – The Huffington Post
"…a must read for eco-concerned parents." – Babble.com
"For a book about all the mom-things that have been stressing me out, Spit That Out actually de-stressed me. Paige gives simple, reasonable, ‘you don't have to do it all’ suggestions, which make me feel like a slightly less horrible mother." – Vicki Glembocki, author of The Second Nine Months: One Woman Tells the Real Truth About Becoming a Mom. Finally.
"Paige Wolf is the mom I wished lived next door. She makes neurotic look sexy and shares practical tips for saving the ozone and your sanity." – Abby Sher, author of Amen, Amen, Amen: Memoir of a Girl Who Couldn't Stop Praying (Among Other Things)
About the Author
Paige Wolf was once fired from a Dairy Queen for being too generous with the sundae toppings. She currently runs Paige Wolf Media & Public Relations, offering eco-friendly communications services to clients who contribute to a sustainable world and positive change. She lives in Philadelphia with her two children and American Hairless Terrier. Visit www.paigewolf.com.
Paige Wolf was once fired from a Dairy Queen for being too generous with the sundae toppings. She currently runs Paige Wolf Media & Public Relations, offering eco-friendly communications services to clients who contribute to a sustainable world and positive change. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, son, and American Hairless Terrier.
OK, so you're a mom trying to do the absolute best for your kids. And you're confused. And guilty. Every day you read about or hear something you should be doing or not, that affects the health and well-being of your family. If you're also green-leaning, you're bombarded by terrifying statistics and stories that leave you breathless.
Well, I suggest you pick up a copy of "Spit that Out." At the very least, after reading all the input from moms in your shoes, you'll know you are not alone. You'll also be able to look at the issue of green guilt from all sides. And hopefully, what you'll take away in the end, is that all you can do is to do your best.
This isn't a book written by therapists (although I believe one or two might be quoted), it's mostly by honest-to-green moms who have agonized over everything from what's in their breast milk to what's in the paint on the walls. "Spit that Out," speaks in the voices of women who are frustrated, but also, who have found ways to live with all the challenges inherent in wanting to raise healthy kids in a healthy world.
Though I don't have any children I am the aunt of three amazing kids, and most of my friends are either pregnant or have one or two of their own. This book is the perfect gift for any green mom (or dad) out there! It goes through the pros and cons of what any parent considers when figuring out the best way to protect your children from chemicals and lead paint, nursing vs formula, disposable diapers vs cloth. What I really love is that it isn't preachy at all - Paige lays out all the options and has quotes from real mom's out there on what they decided to do. Sometimes it just isn't possible to do everything you want to, and this books helps you figure out which options are most important and which would work best for you. I know I'll be getting copies for all my mom friends!
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"Spit That Out!" is an intelligent, reassuring manual that's won a permanent place on my bookshelf. From cleaning & breastfeeding to mass media exposure & clothes shopping, this book has a chapter about each and every common concern for a parent hoping to simply raise a happy, healthy child. In the grand scheme of things, there seem to be so few things a parent can do to prevent exposure to questionable chemicals, foods, products, and negative influences. Instead of just "rolling the dice", this book makes me feel empowered and, more importantly, understood as a strange bundle of eco-anxiety.
With straightforward answers from true eco-professionals & honest experiences from other moms, "Spit That Out!" is a new breed of parenting handbook, reading more like a conversation with your girlfriends instead of just words on a page. At the end of the day, you have to make your own decisions based on what is best for you and your child - "Spit That Out!" makes those decisions easier to make with sincere confidence.
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My absolute favorite part of Spit That Out! is the dialogue from different people about how they handle certain environmental situations. You hear from the greenest of greenies to quasi-slacker greenies. This is great for the parents who are intimidated about making the first move. You will read about healthy meals, shopping, diapers, cleaners, natural remedies, TV viewing, not getting family support, and more! After each chapter, Paige gives Green Mom Sanity Tips that you can take fron the dialogue in the chapter.
I love the humor integrated with the facts. The less in your face method seems much more appealing to some parents. Paige allows you to make your own decisions while presenting all of the facts.
I also love how the book teaches you so much without you ever knowing you are learning something. Sometimes when you read a green parenting book you feel like you need a chemistry degree to understand half of it. New parents barely have the time to bathe let alone read a book, but Spit That Out! is a perfect easy read. It is 140 pages of conversation with friends who understand you want a happy healthy baby.
I highly recommend Spit That Out! as a baby shower gift, for new parents, or for the stressed out eco mom who needs reassurance she is doing the best that she can.
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