Great book selections for parenting

These books were referenced in the May, 2009 edition of Redbook magazine.  They are some great books on parenting in this modern age.  Worth checking out…

1. I’d Trade My Husband for a HOUSEKEEPER!. Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile. They take a look at sex, communication and time together…all the things that take a nosedive after the baby arrives.  “Prioritizing children is important, sure.  But children aren’t the only thing in life (Read that again…Kids are not the only thing in life).  Many of us have gotten to the point where we feel like bad moms if we don’t put our children front and center, always…  Think about this: The backbone of a family is a good healthy relationship between the parents.”

2.  Bad Mother.  Ayelet Waldman.  Explores how it feels to be a parent in a world where your every maternal move is judged.  “…This is another one of those tightrope walks that make up so much of parenting.  One misstep in either direction and you’re bouncing in the net (or lying on the ground in a crumpled heap).”

3. If You Give a Mom a Martini. Julie Klappas and Lyss Stern.  “Every mom knows that finding a few minutes for yourself is the most important ingredient for keeping sane. If You Give a Mom a Maritini offers 100 ways to make the most of 10 precious minutes of privacy.”

4.  Unbuttoned. Ann Matturro Gault.  Twenty-five moms-some who loved breast-feeding, some who are ambivalent about it and some who opt out-have contributed work to this thought-provoking work, which covers everything from the logistics of nursing twins to the emotions of weaning. “…Nursing was our private conversation…”

5. Today’s Mom.  Mary Ann Zoellner and Alicia Ybarbo.  Today show producers, who also happen to be moms, complied their best tips from their team of experts.  “When the baby goes down, so do you.  Nap time is not your chance to catch up on housework…”