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Parent Trap

This category includes all parenting and education materials. You will also find some of those picture books that help explain stuff to kids and try to share a message.

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You can be a mom and have a career!

The Part-Time Solution
The New Strategy for Managing Your Career While Managing Motherhood
Canape
1990

I had my first child in 1990 and I thought that all of these advice books (many featured on ALB) were mostly useless. I think I personally read most of them. The assumption was always there are choices and options for working.  I remember exactly ZERO women with “choices”.  Add in a nice pile of judgment and guilt for both stay-at-home moms and working moms, and you have a recipe for a nice little mental breakdown.

Of course in 2014, this book is so outdated for many reasons. Technology and economic hardship of the last decade have rendered this book obsolete. Weed it and don’t look back.

Mary

More Motherhood help:

Modern Motherhood

Be a Guilt-Free and Organized Working Mother

Practical Pregnancy

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Family Survival for Middle Schoolers?

A Survival Guide from a Family of Nine: Raising a G-Rated Family in an X-Rated World
Hatch
2006

Submitter: This is a parenting book, so why it’s in a middle school library is beyond me. It might be a great book for parents, but there’s nothing in here that would benefit a 12-year old, and some things, like the “I didn’t let my kid sleep over at a friend’s house and then that friend was murdered” story is just creepy.

Holly: This is a fine book for a public library, but definitely an awful library book for a middle school library. It is completely out of place there. Its audience is not middle schoolers, but their parents. And yes, that story is creepy.

More Parenting Help:

Fix Your Gay Kids

Who’s Your Daddy

Your Baby is a Failure

 

 

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Children: The Challenge

Children: The Challenge
Dreikurs
1964

Submitter: I’m weeding the 649s at my public library, and this book still has a Cutter number so that was my first clue that it was old. I also thought the blurb on the back was patronizing and treated children as if they were an alien life form. While skimming the pages inside, I felt like I was reading a book from the set of I Love Lucy. The tone was as condescending to the parents as it was to the children. It almost felt like a guide book aliens wrote after observing life on Earth for a short time….in 1950s movies. It’s still available in Amazon. 1991 edition. And oddly, my library’s copy went out in September 2013. Um..sorry….withdrawn!

Holly: Even the best parenting book ever needs to be updated. I’d expect a new edition if it’s that good. I can’t see much reason to keep a parenting book from the 60s in a public library.

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You can “fix” your gay kids

Prevent that Kidnapping with Stories

Winning!

Junior High for Dummies

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