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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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How Ironic!

The Well-Behaved Child: Discipline that Really Works!
Rosemond
2009

Submitter: A colleague put this recently circulated item in my mailbox; it cannot go back on the shelves in its newly damaged condition. You can see the scribble marks on the front, and inside covers. She also put the post-it note on the book, noting the wonderful irony of this typically very frustrating occurrence for all librarians. How great to turn a negative into humor. Unfortunately, Mr. Rosemond, well-respected in his field, will have a slight ding to his reputation due to this child’s artwork.

Holly: I love this. Too, too funny. It’s a perfectly fine book and a great choice for public libraries. I’m sure Mr. Rosemond is truly “America’s Most Widely Read Parenting Expert” and has many, many successes to his credit. There’s always one, though, isn’t there?

More Parenting Advice:

Family Survival for Middle Schoolers

Children: The Challenge

Prevent Kidnapping With Stories

Winning!

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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Of course in 2014, this book is so outdated for many reasons.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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