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Read for Pleasure
The list author says: "These books have risen to the top of a HUGE pile of parenting and adulthood coping reading. Quick reads that cut to the chase have been most helpful over the years. More than any book, though, trust yourself and your family. (P.S. Turn off the tv!)"
Taking Care of Your Child: A ParentÂ’s Illustrated Guide to Complete Medical Care
Taking Care of Your Child: A ParentÂ’s Illustrated Guide to Complete Medical Care
"Very good step-by-step instructions re. home care or ER or visit to the doctor in the morning. Charts are good when you're panicky!"
Your Baby and Child: From Birth to Age Five (Revised Edition)
Your Baby and Child: From Birth to Age Five (Revised Edition)
"Penelope Leach is a genius--if you can catch her or Brazelton on tv, you will enjoy it immensely and learn much."
Your One-Year-Old: The Fun-Loving, Fussy 12-To 24-Month-Old
Your One-Year-Old: The Fun-Loving, Fussy 12-To 24-Month-Old
"All of these slender books are priceless--reassuring with solid management advice.  I have owned every single book in the series (or had it out from the library!)."
What to Expect When You're Expecting: Fourth Edition
What to Expect When You're Expecting: Fourth Edition
"A classic for a good reason--there is much that is reassuring and helpful here."
Your Fussy Baby
Your Fussy Baby
"Useful and reassuring, esp. if you have a baby like our third: "Captain Fussy.""
Feed me! I'm yours: A recipe book for mothers : delicious, nutritious & fun things to cook up for your kids
Feed me! I'm yours: A recipe book for mothers : delicious, nutritious & fun things to cook up for your kids
"Not necessarily the best, or healthiest, or most up-to-date on allergies, etc., but I used it and gave it as a gift many times."
Unplugged Play: No Batteries. No Plugs. Pure Fun.
Unplugged Play: No Batteries. No Plugs. Pure Fun.
"This is the best book ever for entertaining kids.  Everyone who even has kids over to visit needs this book.  There are great things for every age group.  Wish I had had this for #1 and 2 instead of at #3!!"
Sharing Nature with Children, 20th Anniversary Edition
Sharing Nature with Children, 20th Anniversary Edition
"Succinct advice on keeping kids outdoors and observant.  Neat games."
The Tightwad Gazette: Promoting Thrift As A Viable Alternative Lifestyle
The Tightwad Gazette: Promoting Thrift As A Viable Alternative Lifestyle
"Sensible advice and help for detoxing from keeping up with the Joneses.  You won't want to do everything in here (we're not all up to saving soap slivers) but everyone will find something valuable in here. Update: I recently re-read this and found it a little outdated. See "Just In Case," below."
Step Wise A Guide To Family Mergers
Step Wise A Guide To Family Mergers
"The only useful/digestible book I've read on the topic."
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
"Such amazingly good advice--I have given away many copies of this book and their siblings book."
Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads: Dealing with the Parents, Teachers, Coaches, and Counselors Who Can Make--or Break--Your Child's Future
Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads: Dealing with the Parents, Teachers, Coaches, and Counselors Who Can Make--or Break--Your Child's Future
"You will meet these people.  Arm yourself with knowledge."
101 Things to Do with a Slow Cooker
101 Things to Do with a Slow Cooker
"Not always health food, but you can make a white sauce instead of cream of whatever soup.  Baked potatoes in the show cooker can be a lifesaver--add broccoli and shredded cheese."
The Cake Mix Doctor
The Cake Mix Doctor
"Again, not health food, but if you need to put together a prize-winning dessert for a bake sale, it's in here!"
What Smart Students Know: Maximum Grades. Optimum Learning. Minimum Time.
What Smart Students Know: Maximum Grades. Optimum Learning. Minimum Time.
"Sit down and read/skim this with your high school student.  I highlighted to help with the discussion.  This helps your student own his/her education instead of being a slave to grades and tests."
Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That's Right for You
Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That's Right for You
"SO many choices beyond Ivy League, football schools, etc."
Just in Case: How to be Self-Sufficient when the Unexpected Happens
Just in Case: How to be Self-Sufficient when the Unexpected Happens
"Even if food storage is not your bag (not all of us want to store food under beds), this is a sensible book with some excellent tightwad tips."