By Laura Bennett
Laura Bennett isn't really a football mother or a PTA mother or a helicopter mom—and she’s under no circumstances mom of the yr. one other breed of mom totally, Laura is definitely extra Auntie Mame than June Cleaver. As a hectic mom of six, Laura is on an very unlikely challenge: elevating a brood of fast-moving, messy, wild sons within the jungles of new york. So what different selection does she have than to relax, seize a martini, and enable the men be, er, boys?
In Didn’t I Feed You Yesterday?, Laura offers her irreverent tackle glossy motherhood and proves powerful humorousness and a good better experience of self are the mother’s milk of sanity. In a chain of refreshingly candid and hilarious anecdotes, she unapologetically breaks each rule within the Brady Bunch playbook: She provides her young children junk meals, performs favorites, and overtly admits to having “a genetic predisposition to laissez-faire parenting.” childrens, she observes, don’t want consistent supervision from neurotic, perfectionist mom and dad. permit little ones to make errors and entertain themselves and they’ll end up simply fine—even should you do occasionally omit to select them up from school.
Beyond the mayhem of a existence between men, Laura celebrates the glories of womanhood with a beneficiant supporting of wit and elegance. She supplies because of the style gods for the essentials—red lipstick, Manolo Blahniks, and Lycra shapewear—but reminds us that real variety comes from an internal compass that issues without delay at oneself. In each point of existence, Laura provides one basic, strong piece of recommendation: “Dress such as you wish it or remain home.”
Brutally sincere, outrageous, and certain to elevate a number of eyebrows, Didn’t I Feed You Yesterday? is a riotously humorous read—and it’ll move fabulously good along with your new handbag.
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Extra info for Didn't I Feed You Yesterday?: A Mother's Guide to Sanity in Stilettos
Take Off Your Adult Lenses Children’s play ideas are usually fine. Don’t automatically ban the play your child wants to do. Change the timing or location. Set limits on his actions. Limits help everyone feel safe and comfortable and teach kids what’s appropriate. Today limits are getting confused. We have both a quest for control and a desire for our children to like us. The result? We often overlimit play and underlimit other behavior. It’s time to shift the balance. Loosen up in the world of play, but don’t forget to set limits when they’re needed.
You may have to let the groceries melt. Or deny your child the chance to come with you next time. Think deeply before you set a limit. Then be sure to enforce it. Rule 3 Kids Need Conflict My son Myles came home from preschool with a “Living in Peace” handout. It had a face he was supposed to color and lyrics to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”: “Let’s all live in peace, let’s play harmony…” “Don’t teach children about peace by singing about it,” Jan Waters told me emphatically when I first started writing this book.
When you’re caught up in the whirlwind of parenting young children, refer back to this idea whenever you’re in doubt. I have a three-year-old and a six-year-old at home, so I know firsthand time is short and precious for parents. To help you retrieve ideas easily, this book is laid out as a set of easy-to-remember Rules and Reasons, along with exact words you can pull out when you need them. You may not agree with every “Rule” in these pages. Some of these ideas take getting used to. Some Rules may not be meaningful to you now, but deserve a second look as your child grows or as another child with a different personality comes along.