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My Mother Wears Combat Boots: A Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us Paperback – December 1, 2007
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What I particularly valued about her book is that she doesn't only trot out the success stories. One example is her long chapter on the problems of hospital births and how she found the setting for the natural, midwife-assisted birth she wanted--only to end up in the hospital for reasons beyond her control. This allows me, as a reader, to imagine both my ideals for birth & childraising, and see how things can work out under non-optimal conditions.
Plus, she's just a super storyteller. I really could hardly put it down to even make dinner.
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I found it's approach to parenting very open minded and honest to the writer's experience. I especially appreciate coming across a book that is aimed at us folks outside the mainstream (not that there is anything particularly wrong with the mainstream, it's just not for all of us).
Also, being a father, I really enjoyed the chapter dedicated to fatherhood and the challenges and solutions therein. Sure, it would be awesome if there was a punk-rock dad book out there (maybe there will be soon), but I felt everything written in the book was either applicable to both parents, and if not, it was illuminating nonetheless.
I continually find myself going back to the book or remembering things i read in there as go through my day -- the Discipline Notes chapter could not have been better written.
Thank you Jessica!