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Savvy Auntie: The Ultimate Guide for Cool Aunts, Great-Aunts, Godmothers, and All Women Who Love Kids Hardcover – April 26, 2011
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Savvy Auntie not only celebrates Aunties, it validates the unique and important role Aunts play in the lives of children who they ADORE. I highly recommend this book...
Rosemarie T. Truglio, Ph.D., VP, Education & Research, Sesame Workshop
What a wonderful gift this book is.... Read this book, embrace it, pass it along: 'Savvy Auntie', like the women it celebrates, is destined to be dearly loved.
Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed
...celebrates one of the most precious--and heretofore unsung--relationships on the planet. I love this book.
Christiane Northrup, M.D., ob/gyn physician/author of New York Times bestsellers: Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause
...in this marvelous celebration of savvy aunties' love for their nieces and nephews, Melanie Notkin shines a much-needed spotlight on a bond that brings so much happiness to so many people.
Gretchen Rubin, Bestselling author of The Happiness Project
... Invaluable...I understand what a gift it is for a child to be loved by...adoring grownups. On behalf of the kids and moms, thank you, SAVVY AUNTIE!
Tori Spelling, Bestselling Author and Actress
From the Back Cover
Savvy Auntie is the first go-to source for taking delight in the Savvy Auntie lifestyle, based on the popular website and written by America's foremost expert on modern Aunthood, Melanie Notkin. Whether she's an Auntie by Relation or Auntie by Choice, a Long-Distance Auntie or a Gay Auntie, America's fastest growing segment of women, the PANK (Professional Aunt No Kids), needs guidance and advice when it comes to the kids she adores. Why should their parents know all the secrets?
Savvy Auntie empowers sophisticated, educated, and independent aunts to connect with their inner-Savvy Auntie by sharing everything she needs to know from the minute she discovers her sister or friend is expecting, to confidently lending a hand with a newborn niece or nephew, to keeping up with the walking, talking growing-oh-so-fast bundles of energy, while coping with the occasional meltdown—including her own. Notkin provides a wealth of essential information and insight on child development, health and well-being, and spending 'QualAuntie' time with nieces and nephews. Plus she shares tips for baby showers, baby booty, birthdays and big kids.
Notkin also addresses the ultimate concern for the modern aunt: to have children or not, and if so, how? She offers savvy advice on living life to the fullest no matter the choice or circumstance. Chock full of sidebars, fun facts, and helpful anecdotes from every day Savvy Aunties, Savvy Auntie is the indispensable handbook for Aunties of all ages, and for every single, married or partnered woman navigating the ultimate celebration of life: children.
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She categorizes aunts into two major categories: ABR (auntie by relation) and ABC (auntie by choice). She knows from researching demographics that many of her readers will be PANKs (Professional Aunt No Kids), and has chapters with topics including the basics of swaddling and diapering, savvy gift selection by age, children's book recommendations, activities to keep the kids happy, learning, affirmed, and occupied, and she reviews current parenting methods to let aunts know how to support the nieces'/nephews' parents.
Chapters include readable bullet point lists, quotations from aunts all over the US about their experiences, useful anecdotes from the author, and resources for learning more. I read the first half of the book in one sitting, and quickly breezed through the remainder. I'll be coming back for re-reading again and again! If you're a first time aunt, a working professional aunt, a great aunt wanting a refresher, an aunt by choice, a married aunt with kids of your own, or know any lady who fits these categories, I heartily recommend this book to you!
Instead of learning by trial and error or simply being nervous about what to do with the kids, I can refer to the incredible amount of information packed into this lovely book. We were on Auntie and Uncle duty when the new baby arrived, and that meant a few days of keeping big brother entertained and happy (our kids have 4 legs). Thanks to the Auntie's in Charge chapter in particular, all three of us had a wonderful time. We took a two year old shopping and out to eat for most of one day, the first time we'd been out with a child that young. Thanks to knowing what to expect and how to handle whatever came along, the whole day was a joy.
There are many things I'll refer back to as ALL of my Auntie kids grow and change, but one thing made such an impact on me that it will simply stay with me. Reading the book and the website have helped me realize I'm part of a wonderful and loving community. When I was growing up, I always treasured the time I spent with my childfree relatives and other adults, that special time focused just on me. Reading Savvy Auntie has helped me remember just how important those times were, and it has given me the knowledge and confidence to keep providing that joyful safe space for the kids in my life. The love was already built in!
Another unique and much-needed element to this book and to the Savvy Auntie community is the lack of judgement when it comes to our choices to have kids or not. The book accepts and celebrates women like me who decided years ago not to have biological children, but it also accepts and celebrates women who aren't sure, or who do want children but the time isn't yet right. Including great Aunties is another important bonus. As I read, I felt accepted and valued simply because I love the kids in my life. That acceptance, without the accompanying assumptions and questions so many of us have dealt with over the years, is priceless.
I've bought copies for other fabulous Aunties in my life, and I'll be buying more in the future. Thank you, Melanie, for creating such a warm and wonderful community, and thank you for the fantastic book!