- Paperback: 152 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong (March 26, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0738209945
- ISBN-13: 978-0738209944
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 100 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #979,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Confessions of a Slacker Mom Paperback – March 26, 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
A welcome relief from the flood of how-to-mother-perfectly tomes, Mead-Ferros short and sweet book is a reminder not to take parenthood so seriously. The author, who in addition to being the mother of two young children also has a demanding career as an advertising copywriter, has drawn valuable lessons in "making do" from her grandmother, who "had none of the proper equipment by todays standards" yet "never described motherhood as a hardship." Mead-Ferro doesnt care for creating clever scrapbooks, accessorizing the nursery or trying to impart baby genius status to her three-year-old. Rather, she teaches her children that "making do" with their imagination is as good a route to inspiring creativity as any educational toy. She believes in letting her kids learn that the physical world is a complicated place; its better than smothering, isolating and "child-proofing" the world for them, she says. Rejecting the mentality that results in pre-school admission anxiety attacks and overly competitive soccer leagues for six-year-olds, Mead-Ferro both soothes and inspires as she prompts parents, and mothers in particular, to trust their own instincts rather than that of the "experts." Let the kids get messy, she says, and let them figure some things out for themselves. While Mead-Ferros not at all sheepish about labeling this approach similar to that of a "slacker," readers will come away with the feeling that the author is in fact a wise veteran who has experienced many of the conflicting messages women face today, and who nevertheless comes up smiling.
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"A brief, breezy take on a theme that seems to be resonating with a lot of mothers right now." -- USA Today
"Celebrates the benefits of simplicity in mothering." -- New York Daily News
"Hilarious... [A] refreshing, honest book." -- Healthy Family
"Quirky and unpretentiously honest." -- Library Journal
"The latest and funniest in a series of parenting backlash books." -- Los Angeles Times 4/25/04
"The latest and funniest in a series of parenting backlash books." -- Los Angeles Times
"This quick, entertaining read provides welcome validation for the feet-on-the-couch mom many of us long to be." -- Chicago Tribune
"Will have you nodding knowingly, chuckling out loud and maybe even shedding a tear or two." -- Arizona Republic
"[Mead-Ferro has a] wicked sense of humor." -- Washington Post
"[Mead-Ferro's] no-nonsense way of life encourages...A+" -- On-the-Town, September 2005
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As for me, I found this book refreshing. It is honest. I didn't find it bitter or anything. I laughed out loud in places where I even recognize myself and while I don't agree with every single thing this woman said, I enjoyed her perspectives and thoughts. As a mom of twin preschoolers, I have been known to buy excessive amount of toys till in a fit of frustration, give a good part of it away. I am known to scrapbook ~~ which I love to do and count myself fortunate to be able to do that. I still laugh though over Mead-Ferro's description of her first scrapping party (which I have never attended either ~~ I prefer to do those things solo). Sure I am a stay-at-home mom ~~ but I didn't find this book insulting at all.
I find it delightful, thoughtful and with good points. So what if she has a nanny? She mentioned that she grew up on a ranch in Wyoming and the stable hands were her nannies. She was just stressing the point what works for her works for her and she is not alarmed to have someone else watch her kids. In fact, she did mention that she's a happier person because she's not trapped at home and feeling guilty ~~ she's enjoying her job and providing a good role model for her children in seeing that work is not bad.
She wasn't warped by the fact that her parents worked hard all day and expected the same of her and her brothers. She wasn't warped because of her lack of toys. She didn't lose out educationally because she didn't have all those educational toys (which after seeing how MY two just dump them in the toy box ... she has good points regarding that. Think it's odd that her daughter played for hours with an empty paper towel roll ~~ my two play with my pots and pans, and play choo choo trains with kitchen chairs and yes, with an empty paper towel roll). She was taught responsibility, discipline and work ethics. Was she bored as a kid? Yes. Is boredom a bad thing? No.
I think she was just responding to all these parenting books, magazines, videos that are out there and stating the obvious: just thirty plus years ago, parents didn't have all these advantages and people still turned out fine. That doesn't mean that we should ignore our kids ~~ but it's ok once in awhile not to give in to their demands or expectations. It's ok to be the parent of the relationship. It's ok to have your own life as well. It's ok to stop stressing over every little detail of your child's life. And it's ok to have fun. And starting with this little gem of a book ~~ it's ok to do all these things (within reason, of course) and maybe enjoy your children's lives before they grow up. They grow up too fast anyways.
Some of her points are valid, such as the alternatives to giving into every toy whim in "Toys Aren't Us", but I found it most hypocritical for someone raising her children via a nanny to be giving advice on parenting. I am suprised with her don't-child-proof-life attitude that she did not just leave them home alone to fend for themselves!
For real humor regarding parenting, borrow your mom's old copies of Erma Bombeck's works!