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And Baby Makes Four : Welcoming a Second Child into the Family Paperback – August 1, 1998
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Done it once? Ready for another? How do you make the decision to have a second child, and what will that choice mean for your family? In And Baby Makes Four: Welcoming a Second Child into the Family, author and mother Hilory Wagner provides funny, friendly, helpful advice for parents considering--or already on their way to--having more than one child. Though small in stature, this book covers a lot of territory. Wagner raises the appropriate questions: Have I had enough time with my eldest? Won't a newborn shatter my firstborn's world as he knows it? When will he understand why I decided to have another? She also acknowledges the ambivalence many parents feel, even when the second pregnancy is planned. Other subjects include planning a sibling strategy; understanding rivalry issues; the father's role; lifting your child; bed rest with a toddler in the house; adopting a sibling; establishing a family birth plan (you can't just run off to the hospital when there's another child to consider); and managing two or more kids while sustaining your marriage. Wagner has clearly done her homework, offering numerous references to appropriate books and Web sites, and her suggestions for the best books for new siblings are well worth the cost of admission. --Ericka Lutz
About the Author
HILORY WAGNER is the author of THE NEW PARENTS SOURCEBOOK. She also writes for Parenting, Parents, Child, and Babytalk magazines. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two children.
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Using a great perspective, stories, and an obvious hands-on knowledge, the author was able to give me tangible advice and considerations. Again, it made me really think.
The book is a nice read; actually fun, and in the face of the stress of child raising, it put me at ease. The style flows well, and it doesn't compromise its integrity by being too simplistic - I read it, believed in the author, and put it to work for me. And it worked!
The absolute best indicator of a parenting book is how you feel afterwards. Some scare you into believing you are not good enough. Some don't challenge you enough. I finished this book not only feeling smarter, but also warmer and happier.