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Girlfriends' Guide to Parties and Playdates (Girlfriends' Guides) Paperback – Bargain Price, January 7, 2003
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About the Author
Vicki Iovine, mother of four, is also the author of The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy, The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy Daily Diary, The Girlfriends' Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood, The Girlfriends' Guide to Toddlers, and The Girlfriends' Guide to Getting Your Groove Back. Visit Vicki Iovine online at girlfriendsguide.com.
Peg Rosen, a former editor of Child magazine, writes about parenting and child safety issues for numerous national publications.
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I also liked a lot of the advice about what NOT to do as you plan a party; the authors offer specific examples about mishaps that occurred in spite of their best intentions. I agree with their fundamental principle that party planning should be about whatever works best for you and your child--whether it's to host an entire class in your back yard or take five best friends to a special event.
The playdate section puts things into perspective for Moms with toddlers--being the Mom of the Bitten is uncomfortable, but so is being the Mom of the Biter. Again, a lot of specifics are offered here (dealing with stages of potty-training, dealing with a child's insistence on wearing a super hero cape everywhere, etc.) to help you prepare for and deal with a variety of child challenges.
Other reviewers mentioned being disappointed that Iovine co-authored this book and that it lacks her typical writing voice. I own the Girlfriends Pregnancy Guide and the Guide to the First Year, and while the different tone is noticeable, there wasn't anything wrong with it. There was plenty of humor, input from some new Girlfriends, and realistic advice, which was why I wanted the book in the first place.
I will say that the gift-giving section could use an update, and it seemed like many of the gift recommendations were more extravagant than I'd want to be, especially if you have lots of parties to attend. Overall, though, I thought it was a great reference and fun to read.
instead, it was a huge dissapointment. it had none of the chatty, witty dialougue or cute anecdotes that made iovine's earlier books fun to read, and so different from every other parenting book.
this book read like a very tedious magazine article. the author occasionally tried to sprinkle in some vicki-like humor or language but it was sporatic, awkward and always fell painfully short. and as far as the content -- even the slightly experienced mom will find the ideas redundant.