Tag: books for parents

Wondering how to get your baby to sleep? Dr. Harvey Karp has a few things to say about that.

Raise your hand if you’ve ever struggled with a baby and sleep. Okay, so 99% of you. (The rest of you…don’t rub it in.) Then, just when we think we have mastered techniques to help our babies sleep longer and more peacefully, new issues arise. In fact, it’s hard to get a handle on what to do as our infants turn into toddlers and beyond. Most baby sleep books are just that, for babies. Thankfully, Dr. Harvey Karp, a big Cool Mom Picks favorite, and author of The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the...

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Cool Mom Fit – Train Like a Mother + expert tips just for cool moms

We’re always amazed at how many of you are able to make time for running and working out all while chasing after your kids. So with our own Julie Marsh completing her first marathon (go Julie!) and aiming to finish a slew of triathlons this year, and our Editor Kristen setting her sights on completing the Philadelphia Marathon this fall (go Kristen!), we thought it would be the perfect time to kick off our Cool Mom Fit series. Each week, we’ll introduce you to some of the coolest fitness goodies and gear (like those awesome New Balance shoes that Kristen...

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If toddlers could write poetry, it would go something like this

Poems about children and parenting can be kind of, um, hit or miss. Whether it’s too saccharin or just too earnest, I’m not sure–all I know is that it often leaves me vaguely uncomfortable. (And I was a creative writing major!) Not the case with To What Miserable Wretches Have I Been Born? Revenge Poetry for Babies and Toddlers. Although you might have guessed that from the title. Written by Suzanne Weber–also known as Anita Liberty, the author of books such as How to Stay Bitter Through the Happiest Times of Your Life–it’s a book of poetry from your baby...

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Double Time: Raising twins with hilarity

I’m a big fan of Jane Roper, because I love any author who is willing to laugh at herself. Since 2007, Jane has been baring her soul for the world and now, she lets us into the nitty gritty details of raising twins with a fantastic new book that will speak to all mothers. Presenting Jane Roper’s new Double Time: How I survived–and mostly thrived through the first three years of mothering twins. No issue is off limits, and this is what makes it so endearing. It’s as if you are sharing a good laugh with an old friend–with a...

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6 cookbooks that every parent should own

Love it or hate it, if you’re a parent, you’ve got to feed your kids. Whether you already cook nightly or…not so much, but want to cook more, these, six of my staple cookbooks, provide just the inspiration you need to get food on the table with a minimum of stress. Fresh & Easy: What to Cook and How to Cook It by Jane Hornby Jane Hornby makes cooking simple dishes using fresh ingredients easy. Like super easy. Think you’re not the kind to throw together Grilled Asparagus with Poached Egg? You might be if you own this book. Every recipe...

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8 last minute Mothers Day gifts any mom will love (we’ve got your back!)

Last minute Mothers Day gifts don’t have to be an afterthought. You’re just…busy. We get it. So don’t panic; 48 hours is plenty of time to wow Mom with one of these last-minute-but-she’ll-never-know-it presents. And, hey. Maybe you should accidentally-on-purpose leave this page open on your computer, just in case someone in your house is starting to panic. PS: for even more cool  last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas, check out our 2014 post, or get inspiration in our Cool Mom Picks Mother’s Day Gift Guide. GET SOME BUBBLY While I’m kind of hoping to receive this customized wine tag (and...

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A baby book that’s not so babyish

I have to admit that when it comes to baby books, I don’t have a great track record; I have three kids and one half of one completed baby book. It’s bad. I wish that I had this option back when my kids were babes because then I would be more likely to be 3 for 3 in the baby book department. Why am I so sure? Because This Is Your Book is tantalizing and aesthetically pleasing and absolutely original. This is  place to write down things that aren’t typically included in baby books, like the price of a...

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Rock and Roll baby names. Not to be confused with weird rock star baby names

Okay so who isn’t at least somewhat fascinated by celebrity baby names–especially those from the rock stars we know and love. Sometimes I wonder if they have any regrets. (True Story: a friend of mine named her baby a name she wasn’t completely sold on and changed it five weeks later.)  If you’re in that baby naming phase of life, we’ve got the book for you. In fact I wish that I had it  when I was pregnant. Rock and Roll Baby Names: Over 2000 Rock Inspired Baby Names from Alison to Ziggy is as cool as it sounds....

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A Mothers Day book for any kind of mother – always a perfect gift.

We think that books make the most perfect gifts any time of year, and Mother’s Day is no exception. So for those literary mamas in your life, here are are suggestions of a few terrific Mother’s Day gifts. Bonus: There’s less lead time on these than a personalized necklace. Especially if you walk down to your local bookshop to buy it. FOR THE WORKING MOM: Just Let Me Lie Down by Kristin Von Ogtrop Yes, of course we’re all working moms, but those who work out of the house can often use a little extra “I get what you’re...

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Let’s Pretend This Never Happened book review – We dare you not to laugh so hard you embarrass yourself in public

Anyone who’s familiar with the uber popular blog The Bloggess, by Jenny Lawson, won’t be surprised in the least that her new memoir Let’s Pretend this Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) is spit-bourbon-out-your-nose funny. You won’t be surprised that this is not a book to read out loud to the nun sitting next to you on the bus. You also might not be surprised that it debuted #1 on the New York Times best-seller list this week. What might surprise you, however, is how poignant, moving, and absolutely captivating it is from cover to cover. From the first...

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Finally, a guide to safe products for moms and babies. Also, an excuse to shop.

If you’re like me and on your second or third (or more!) kid, you already know which products will keep you feeling beautiful while you’re pregnant, and keep baby bouncy once she’s out in the world. You probably also hiss and hide behind your arm like a vampire from sunlight when you hear words like “phthalate” and “paraben.” But there are plenty of parents who have yet to learn how to tailor their bath and beauty routines to pregnancy, much less to which pastel bottle of lotion is better for baby. Good news: this book’s got the low-down, not...

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From piggy banks to paychecks, one chapter at a time.

I’d prefer one dozen versions of the “where do babies come from” talk with my kids before I’d sign up for even one “and this is how money works” discussions. I can cheerfully rattle off twenty-seven slang terms for body parts, but ask me how something amortizes and I break out in hives. Piggy Banks to Paychecks: Helping Kids Understand the Value of a Dollar, written by accountant and financial consultant Angie Mohr, explains it all to help me explain it to my kids.      Each chapter focuses on an aspect of financial savvy, from learning how to explain earning,...

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A four thousand-foot high classroom

Trish Herr takes homeschooling to an entirely new level. Instead of white boards, we are talking white peaks. Her children carry backpacks with more than just pens and pencils–think emergency supplies, whistles, and trail mix. In this very unique memoir, Up: A Mother and Daughter’s Peakbagging Adventure, Trish details the challenges of signing on to an extraordinary adventure with her young daughter. Parents walk a fine balance these days. Between Helicopter Parents, Tiger Moms and Free Range Kids, it’s hard to know where you stand. The good news is that you don’t have to subscribe to any one parenting manual....

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So uh, we understand that sometimes new moms have questions?

How much allowance is too much? When can kids start playing video games? Will it kill them to eat dessert first? All important parenting questions, but the first few months (and really, for the first few years) you won’t care about much more than the basics. What I needed — and most new parents need, too — is some easy advice that can be read with both eyes at half mast. New mama Erin Bried, author of the advice-ful How To Sew A Button, went looking to seasoned moms for some solid, time-tested tips on soothing, feeding and general...

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Mom entrepreneurs: your bible has arrived.

One of the things that I love best about Cool Mom Picks is its suppport of entrepreneurs, and mom entrepreneurs especially. (Also the fact that they don’t call them “mompreneurs” but that’s subjective.) So of course I’m excited to introduce you all to Jill Salzman, who is definitely onto something with her website and now, her book just for those of you with creative juices flowing that want to take it to the next level. In Found It: A Field Guide for Mom Entrepreneurs, Salzman is speaking from a great deal of experience. She’s the brains and energy behind...

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Our favorite Dr. Seuss books – Happy birthday Theodore Geisel!

Of all the children’s books we have amassed on our collective bookshelves over the years, there are several Dr. Seuss books that my would be in the short stack of our kids’ favorite titles. We suspect the same would be true for many of us grown-ups. So in honor of both Dr. Seuss’ 108th birthday and the Read Across America campaign begun in his honor, the Cool Mom Picks contributors have each picked one of our favorite Dr. Seuss books to share. It’s interesting how a book choice says so much about the reader! We’re pretty sure you’ve got...

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A special book for a mama’s special thoughts

When our daughter was born, I did what so many mamas do: I started a baby book. I wanted to capture everything about her, along with the wonderment of being a new mom; I’d lost my own mother to cancer a year earlier, to the date, and I thought writing about motherhood would somehow connect grandmother, mom, and baby. At least I hoped so. But because our daughter arrived five weeks early, I wasn’t entirely prepared–so the “baby book” is a little slapdash. It’s, uh, not even a book. It’s an ever-growing Word file. Inspiring? Not so much. That’s...

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Is that a Picasso on your fridge?

Dan Consiglio is the amazingly talented and funny author of the blog What My Kids’ Art Says. It’s a great site because Dan isn’t afraid to call it like it is. He looks at children’s artwork with the lens of an erudite art critic, not a “my child is amazing and therefore everything associated with her must be” parent. The results are absolutely hysterical, and now they are now in a clever paperback that will have you in stitches. Is That a Picasso on Your Fridge? is like taking an art history class on a roller coaster. You know...

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Kawaii Five-0

If you’re a go-getter sewing type who hasn’t quite go-gotten around to making all of your Christmas presents yet, you need to check out two adorable sewing books by Choly Knight. Sew Kawaii! and Sew Your Own Pet Pillows will have you practically delirious from all the cuteness. Seriously. I can hardly type this post because I’m overwhelmed by the all-out adorableness of the jellyfish purse in Sew Kawaii! I haven’t tried any of the projects, but most look doable by a novice like me – only a few are marked as intermediate level. So I love the approachability...

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No more tears

My first two children were so easy to feed, I assumed it was due to my superior parenting (and cooking) skills that they would gobble down whatever I put in front of them without too much nose wrinkling. And then I had my son who humbled me and turned me into one of those crazy parents who beg their child to eat anything. So when I heard that Elizabeth Pantley, the author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution, was coming out with a book to help us parents with picky eaters, I had only one question: Will this work with...

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