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The Thriving Child: Parenting Successfully through Allergies, Asthma and Other Common Challenges Hardcover – May 8, 2012

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A former school teacher, Erica is the wife of music industry heavy weight Antonio "L.A. Reid" and the mother of Arianna and Addison.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892968648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892968640
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,150,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Erica Reid does an incredible job writing a memoir of her experiences raising her two children in New York City. Through every day challenges of motherhood, to specific issues of allergies, misdiagnoses and judgement that comes along with parenting, the book is a powerful and helpful tale that is both eye opening and compelling. With experts on nutrition and child-rearing, the author relies on the professionals as well as her own intuition as a mother in discussing all that she has learned in the process. Incredibly detailed and thorough, the book is neither preachy nor suggestive and completely avoids judgement. It's a refreshing tale, written in an accessible voice and with an effortless tone. A must read for all and any kind of parent.
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Thriving Child was a book I didn't want to put down because the author addresses some critical issues we're dealing with as parents in the 21st century: food allergies, the food industry, GMOs (man engineered foods), environmental toxins, a rise in child health issues, western medicine vs natural medicine and pharmaceutical drugs pushed on our children. As a parent, Ms. Reid chronicles the drama most of us go through when facing parenting - working to make the best decisions overall, and definitely the best decisions that could ultimately effect the outcome of my child whether it's saving its life, or setting a foundation for emotional well-being and healthy life style habits. The DRAMA, Reid went through is enough to have any parent's stomach wrenching, the adrenaline spiking, as you empathize and live vicariously through her experiences as a MOM. How many of us have an idea what it's like to race your child to ER? Honestly, it was like I was sitting in a theater clenching my chair.

This book inspired me to get back on track with this aspect of parenting--my children's keeper as it relates to healthy eating. Oh right, I'm in charge here, and I'm the responsible adult! I had fallen off my parental watch duty, picking my battles, when dealing with day to day life, allowing some of those unhealthy things back into the diet or failing to monitor how much live food we're intaking to at least have some sort of balance. Reid reminded me that this particular battle, our health and our children's health, was well worth the sometimes exhausting fight. I loved journeying along with her, turning the corners, as she followed the bread crumbs in order to get to the bottom of things, as so many of us do--or perhaps never thought to do!
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By birdbrain on September 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Just finished reading this book... interesting read. It's about a mother's journey managing her kids' allergies and asthma. Some interesting homeopathic remedies, travel recommendations, and recipes. Some of the stuff I knew, but I found it encouraging and enjoyable to read.
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This book is just awful. Lots of unproven theories about allergies presented as facts. Contradictory information about nutrition throughout book. Some sections are written by dieticians or flight attendants or other "experts" and their advice contradicts other sections of the book. For example, a dietician claims that if we didn't eat wheat we'd be 80% healthier, and wheat is terrible. But then there's a recipe in the back of the book for bagels with soy cream cheese. And then there's advice from a flight attendant that is so basic as to be useless. I was hoping for some advice about plane travel with a child with a serious peanut allergy. Instead, the flight attendant recommends taking snacks on the plane, such as nuts. At the very least, in a book about food allergies, could she advise bringing snacks that are unlikely to cause an allergic reaction for yourself or others around you? This book has nothing to offer. Save your money.
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What a wonderful book for everyone, whether you have a child with any allergies or you have friends that do. These are things we should all know either way. A very intuitive caring woman is Erica Reid. Have made this a gift for all moms that i know.
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I am so glad I bought this book. My husband and I suffer from all kinds of allergies. So we knew our child would have them to but we didnt know how bad. I got him tested and realized how bad it really was so now I re-vamped what he is eating and he is so much better. Thank you Erica Reid.
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Finally, I found a parenting book that doesn't talk down to me or make me feel bad about my parenting!! Instead, this one gives real advice that you can ACTUALLY USE!!! It's well written and enjoyable and I love the mix of the author's voice and personal stories with advice of top experts. I have kids of different ages, yet the advice applies to both age groups. I've already recommended it to my group of mom friends and will keep it near-by while I raise my kids.
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i love this book because the author is a friend and a client. This book is a book every mother should read. It could save your childs life and make your life so much easier if you just knew what the foundation of the illness is. This book is a great guide and give ideas to even people without children. Its a great read, you feel like you are talking to erica directly and i got so much from this book for me personally and for my work. I ordered about 10 of them and they made for great Christmas gifts!!!!!
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