A parenting book you might be surprised to love

Parentless Parents by Allison GilbertMy dad died when I was 22 — long before I met my husband, or had my son — and my mom is very much alive. So you wouldn’t necessarily think that the book Parentless Parents, by my friend Allison Gilbert, would resonate with someone like me. And yet it is one of the most inspiring parenting books I’ve ever read.

[don’t miss a giveaway after the jump – extended thru 2/16]

Lots of moms rely on Grandma or Grandpa to watch their kids when they
desperately need a night out, to get parenting advice, or to remember
how much cinnamon goes into the kugel recipe, but what do parentless
parents do? How would losing your folks affect how you raise your own

Okay, it’s not the happiest of thoughts. But the book has made me realize
that my mom won’t be around forever, and that instead of having yet another
boring conversation about the weather in Florida, it was time to finally ask her
what it was like growing up as an only child. It’s a subject we’d never discussed, despite the fact that my son has no siblings either.

My favorite chapter is about keeping your parents’ memories
alive, and is filled with ideas that every parent can use right now; not only to make sure our kids remember their grandparents, but to insure we leave lasting memories of

And if nothing else, Parentless Parents inspired me to make sure that, instead of taking all the
pictures on a family vacation, I actually step in front of the camera once
or twice.–Betsy

Pick up a copy of Parentless Parents at your local bookstores or order it online at our affiliate Amazon.

Congratulations to Michelle T. for winning an autographed copy of Parentless Parents!

Betsy Cadel is a blogger and marketing consultant, and a former contributor to Cool Mom Picks


  • Reply February 15, 2011


    Just so you know, I’m getting a mailer-daemon when I try to send my entry.
    Thank you for drawing attention to this book. I’m the only person I know who is raising my kids without either parent and it’s incredibly painful. I hate to dwell on it but I have appreciated reading how others deal with it. Many thanks!

  • Reply February 15, 2011


    I tried to email twice and it bounces back! I would love to have this book!

  • Reply February 15, 2011


    I also am getting the undeliverable message. If there’s another to enter, please let us know.
    Thank you!

  • Reply February 15, 2011


    Meme —You are not alone. A very close friend is raising children with both parents deceased and I have one parent deceased with the other estranged for eons. It is a uniqueness that has bonded us since we first met and our children were infants. It is so very hard in so many ways. I look forward to both picking this up for me and sharing it with her. Thank you CMPs —

  • Reply February 16, 2011


    I also tried to email and got it bounced back, but thanks for the recommendation for what looks like a perfect book for me, I’ll look for it on Amazon.

  • Cool Mom Picks
    Reply February 16, 2011

    Cool Mom Picks

    Apologies all – the contests@coolmompicks.com email was written incorrectly up top. We’ll open the contest one more day for you. Good luck!

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