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About Leah DeCesare
Leah DeCesare is a TEDx speaker and the award-winning author of FORKS, KNIVES, AND SPOONS. Her writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Eligible Magazine, Simply Woman, and The International Doula, among others. Leah is the co-founder of the nonprofit, Doulas of Rhode Island, and she led the fundraising efforts to build a medical center in Uganda. She earned her Master of Fine Arts at The Newport MFA. leahdecesare.com
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2018 International Book Awards Winner in Fiction: General
2017 IAN Book of the Year Award for Outstanding Women's Fiction
2017 Readers' Favorite Gold Medal for New Adult Fiction
2017 NYC Big Book Awards Winner for Women's Fiction
2017 National Indie Excellence Book Awards Winner: Contemporary Fiction
2017 National Indie Excellence Book Awards Finalist: Women's Fiction
2017 Independent Press Awards Distinguished Favorites: New Fiction
2017 Best Book Awards Finalist: Best New Fiction
For readers who love Adriana Trigiani, Jennifer Weiner and Liane Moriarty, Forks, Knives, and Spoons is a light-hearted, thought-provoking coming of age story that takes readers on a nostalgic journey back to the 1980s and 1990s. Romantic, witty and warm.
There are three kinds of guys: forks, knives, and spoons. That is the final lesson that Amy York's father sends her off to college with, never suspecting just how far his daughter will take it. Clinging to the Utensil Classification System as her guide, Amy tries to convince her skeptical roommate, Veronica Warren, of its usefulness as they navigate the heartbreaks and soul mates of college and beyond.
Beginning in 1988, their freshman year at Syracuse University, Amy and Veronica meet an assortment of guys--from slotted spoons and shrimp forks to butter knives and sporks--all while trying to learn if the UCS holds true. On the quest to find their perfect steak knives, they learn to believe in themselves--and not to settle in love or life. Graduation gifts for women and the perfect beach read.
Naked Parenting is parenting stripped down to the bare basics focusing on seven keys to raising kids who are self-sufficient, confident, respectful, and resilient. The seven keys - love, honesty, communication, responsibility, discipline, mistakes, and gratitude - guide the discussion in this book on technology and cyberspace.
Naked Parenting approaches parenting in an honest, direct, and realistic way. Guiding children with love, nurturing their strengths and self image, and instilling personal responsibility are at the heart of Naked Parenting. It’s hard, if not impossible, for parents to keep up with the pace of technology. Forget juggling work, kids, commitments, volunteer jobs, and laundry. The good news is you don’t need to be literate in every new thing that crops up. However, you do need an awareness and a parenting framework that adapts to whatever comes next.
We need ways to manage technology in our homes in a big picture, broad way that will teach our children good digital citizenship, online responsibility, self-regulation, and how to benefit from technologies while staying safe. It’s a huge and important job. So how do we tackle all of that?
Naked Parenting: Guiding Kids in a Digital World gives usable tips applicable broadly to the digital world from a parenting perspective instead of from a techie viewpoint. While some specifics are used in examples and stories throughout the book, this is not meant to teach you any details about any currently popular Internet or mobile innovation. With the rapid changes in technologies, I want to give you tools that transcend specific platforms, devices, video games, or the app of the moment.
The principles of Naked Parenting overlap, interrelate, and reinforce one another. Understanding these seven keys will help you apply them across the countless scenarios of parenting through all stages and ages.
Naked Parenting is parenting stripped down to the bare basics to focus on seven keys to raising kids who are self-sufficient, confident, respectful, and resilient. These seven keys are: love, honesty, communication, responsibility, discipline, mistakes and gratitude.
Naked Parenting approaches parenting in an honest, direct and realistic way. Guiding children with love, nurturing their strengths and self image, and instilling personal responsibility are at the heart of this approach.
The principles of Naked Parenting provide a framework to guide parenting decisions and actions within one’s own style of parenting. Simply explained, with straightforward strategies that parents can apply to issues of all kinds.