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Let the Baby Drive: Navigating the Road of New Motherhood Paperback – June 16, 2005
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“Do we dare Let the Baby Drive? Lu Hanessian humorously and sensitively makes it clear why the answer can only be 'yes' if we are to become the kind of mother our precious child needs. It's about focusing on the baby for guidance, and then having the courage to trust and act on what we have learned. An important book.” ―Marian Tompson, co-founder, La Leche League International
“This is the book Henry David Thoreau would have written if he had been a mother. It is absolutely revolutionary!” ―E. Jean Carroll, author, advice columnist, Elle
“Lu Hanessian is extraordinarily attuned to her child's needs and her own, in a way that promotes truly wonderful developmental growth. Her book Let the Baby Drive captures the essence of good parenting with a true blend of Baby Knows Best in tandem with Mother Knows Best. It's a winning combination reflecting the heart of child developmental theory, and guarantees raising a happy, healthy child with a solid identity.” ―Dr. Jane Greer, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, marital and family therapist and author of Gridlock: Finding the Courage to Move On in Love, Work and Life
“This book is written with the excitement of the first time mom who stands in awe at the wisdom she received from her baby by listening to him. Lu proves that mothers and babies are a lot smarter than they are usually given credit. What a joy to share with other mothers and help them be happier, more fulfilled, stronger to follow their conviction!” ―Tine Thevenin, bestselling author of The Family Bed and Mothering and Fathering
“Finally, the book I have been looking for to recommend to my clients. Lu Hanessian has put into words what I have strived to teach for thirty years. There are many books out there that try to give a 'cook book' approach to making your children more independent, sleep through the night, be happy and healthy. This book gives you the confidence to find your own approach-your own way with your child.” ―Ann Anderson, RN, AAHCC, IBCLC, childbirth/parent educator
Top Customer Reviews
Lu Hanessian's book is a thought-provoking confirmation and affirmation for those of us who bucked lots of resistance in various areas of child-rearing, taking our cues from our babies, trying what seemed to make sense, and sticking with what worked, no matter what flack it caused among those peripheral to the immediate family. Babies don't manipulate their parents; they don't even know the word for such a concept. But babies know what they need. It's too bad they have to waste so much energy trying to convince some of us to just slow down and listen to them.
I am a mother of four, 15, 13, 9, 7, two girls and two boys. I have read a lot of books in my life, and taught literature for a number of years. After I saw the author on CNN a few months ago, I picked up this book for a friend's daughter who is expecting her first baby in less than a month. I thought I'd skim the first few pages out of curiosity. But I couldn't put it down. I ended up dog-earing so many pages that I ended up keeping it and buying another one for my friend.
Lu Hanessian is an exceptionally gifted writer. There are parts of this book that stunned me, moved me to tears, made me LAUGH out loud so hard I had to put the book down and think about what I had just read. So much of the book just pulsed with an energy and a vibrancy of spirit.
I am awestruck at the author's ability to express in words such profound insights and share them with such ease, humor, tenderness, and truth. She gets to the very heart of the matter, using cleverly written stories, really interesting anecdotes, and has this unique way of letting the reader in on her struggle, then sharing in a very casual and humble way these incredible insights and lessons that make you go "Wow, I honestly never thought of it like that before..."
The book is divided into Year One, Year Two, and Years Three& Four. There are seven sections within: FRONTIER, VOICES, IDENTITY, REFLECTION, RITES, HOME, and WORLD.Read more ›
By the way did Lu have my baby? Nicholas the main character in the book suffered from Strolleritis (A funny way of saying he didn't like the stroller) My baby too had it. I also thought that my baby, Alexander was the only who hated the car seat and bouncy seat. I had visions that I would bake brownies while my baby bounced up and down while I frosted those brownies. Instead Alexander arched his back, making it impossible to sit in the bouncy seat. Lu made me laugh when she said her friends told her, 'That's funny our baby loves the car seat," Lu was green with Envy so was I. Where was Lu when I was stalking new mom's in malls. I was desperate to talk to any new mom, but they never told me what I wanted to hear....until Lu's book came around.
I loved the way I related to Lu. She also makes us new mom's ask important questions such as, "Who are we afraid our children will become if we stop trying to define or even alter their characters?" A reflection of us or themselves?" Is Lu related to Gahndi?
The book made me laugh, think and at one time I wanted to cry when Lu writes from what she thinks would be her son's perspective if he could write. Lu writes, " Ma, let me be irrationally fearful of deflating green balloons and lit birthday candles and car alarms going in the distant parking lots. I'll get over it. You might not believe me, but it's true.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A friend recommended this to me and I finally read it when my baby was 7 months old. This book is so soothing and encouraging. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JenBar
I really enjoyed the author's candor, sense of humor, and willingness to follow her baby's lead and her own heart as a mom.Published on October 27, 2013 by rae
Thank you, God, for a book that brought me so much relief and comfort.
I recommend all new mothers get this book.
Trust your baby is the essential message... Read more
Liked the book. It was engaging, realistic, and thought-provoking. Refreshing. The author has a positive view about children without putting children on a pedestal. Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by yogaMom
This book put into words everything my heart was feeling about my child. It is a necessary read for every new parent! Read morePublished on November 1, 2012 by Christina
I couldn't put this book down after starting it, which says a lot for a parenting book. I laughed out loud, and I cried. Read morePublished on March 31, 2012 by augustapricot
as a first time mom (to a now 11 month old) i felt like i was floundering in motherhood, barely keeping my head above water. my son is and has always been high spirited. Read morePublished on May 9, 2011 by L. Gray
I've read a ton of parenting books. This book is not only different and unique, it's memorable. And oddly enough, I got more insight and wisdom from this book than any of the overt... Read morePublished on February 22, 2010 by Bethany
This is a beautiful, engrossing read. Any new mother can relate to the joy and the struggles that Lu experienced in her new motherhood. Read morePublished on June 19, 2008 by Bonnie Harris