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A Must-Not Read
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 I don’t need to tell you that there are countless books on babies, parenting and motherhood lining the bookshelves of your local Barnes and Noble. You…

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Listening: Best Lullaby CD Ever
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Sure, music soothes even the most savage two-year-old human beast. But for some of us, powering through a kids music CD is a cloying act of endurance, often precipitated by an already stressful meltdown situation. Not so with Anya Jane & Friends’ Lullabies, a recent release of “old favorites and new gems,” beautifully rendered in acoustic guitar, requinto (a cute little guitar), mandolin, harmonica and piano, with amazing vocals that will leave both you and your tiny person breathing a sigh of relief.

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Reading: Growing Child Newsletters – Inspiring yet Practical Advice for Parents (based on your child’s age)
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…this is simply a newsletter that started in 1971, and will, very patiently, explain to us newbie mums why manners are still important (hint: it’s all about “caring and consideration”), and what you can and cannot expect from your 2-year-5-month-old in terms of manners. This is a newsletter that teaches parents specific language and behaviors to make us more effective parents (Say, “Hitting hurts Peter” rather than “Don’t Hit”). This is a newsletter that encourages parents to focus on what’s important: helping your child develop courage and independence, empathy, imagination.

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Attention Moms: Think ‘Girls Gone Wild’ is Dying Out? Think Again (And What To Do)
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…but what struck me as new was the additional (self-imposed) “requirement” that girls now also be sexually sophisticated. Not just active, mind you, but sophisticated. Sophisticated in a way that really isn’t achievable by anyone still in their teens. So what we’ve ended up with are high schools full of girls who look and act the part…but who still have no idea how to orgasm. The bottom line? These girls aren’t enjoying it. Like porn stars, they are pretending.