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Confessions of a slacker mom
Mead-Ferro, Muffy.
Adult Nonfiction HQ755.8 .M468 2004

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From Publishers' Weekly:

A welcome relief from the flood of how-to-mother-perfectly tomes, Mead-Ferro?s short and sweet book is a reminder not to take parenthood so seriously. The author, who in addition to being the mother of two young children also has a demanding career as an advertising copywriter, has drawn valuable lessons in ?making do? from her grandmother, who ?had none of the proper equipment by today?s standards? yet ?never describe[d] motherhood as a hardship.? Mead-Ferro doesn?t care for creating clever scrapbooks, accessorizing the nursery or trying to impart baby genius status to her three-year-old. Rather, she teaches her children that ?making do? with their imagination is as good a route to inspiring creativity as any educational toy. She believes in letting her kids learn that the physical world is a complicated place; it?s better than smothering, isolating and ?child-proofing? the world for them, she says. Rejecting the mentality that results in pre-school admission anxiety attacks and overly competitive soccer leagues for six-year-olds, Mead-Ferro both soothes and inspires as she prompts parents, and mothers in particular, to trust their own instincts rather than that of the ?experts.? Let the kids get messy, she says, and let them figure some things out for themselves. While Mead-Ferro?s not at all sheepish about labeling this approach similar to that of a ?slacker,? readers will come away with the feeling that the author is in fact a wise veteran who has experienced many of the conflicting messages women face today, and who nevertheless comes up smiling. (May 1) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

From Library Journal:

As a self-proclaimed "slacker" mom, freelance writer Mead-Ferro does whatever she can to make her job easierAunderline easier. She is suspicious about the benefits of toys ("Toys Aren't Us"), for example, and believes in exposing her children to "their allotment" of germs. In this small book, she offers her take on how to cope with being overwhelmed. "I can trust myself to be a mom without a reference library to tell me how," she proclaims proudly and steers clear of delving into any subject with too much emotion. She is quirky and unpretentiously honest, but her narrative doesn't linger long after being read. This book was first issued by small, San Francisco publisher, Pince-Nez Press (ISBN 1-930074-10-7). (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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