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Fleeting Years, The: A Mother's Journal [Paperback]

Laura Pratt
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May 1 2004
Along with Froot Loop bracelets and emergency wads of Kleenex, a mother wears her sentiments on her sleeve. At times achingly poignant, at times wildly funny, a mother’s life is a nonstop, hair-greying, hand-wringing expression of selfless love. Hers is a heartbreaking, wonderful and surprisingly sticky task that leaves precious little time for Dr. Phil, and includes the service of an astonishing number of chicken nuggets. Being a mommy is both the easiest, and the hardest, thing that most of us will ever do. Laura Pratt, mother of four, shares her thoughts on the undertaking with vignettes that will bring a pang of recognition to all parents: exciting visits from the tooth fairy, the wrenching struggle of working parents on their children’s first days with a sitter, the ongoing management of the legion bits of plastic that populate a child’s world, the complications of travelling with children (and the dilemma of travelling without them), and the constant challenge to live up to the expectations of a little being who thinks that you are the sun and the moon together. And naturally, in due course, there is also a mother's gradual, painful, inevitable displacement from the centre of her children’s universe. For Pratt, chronicling her family's experiences as her children have grown has been a way to keep the memories alive and close, reminding her of the value in every moment. The Fleeting Years is the perfect Mother's Day gift—any day of the year.

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Eight years and four children into the game, Laura Pratt lays claim to the Mommy moniker with considerable pride. In her other life, she is a writer of some experience and reputation in Canadian journalism who contributes regularly to several Canadian publications (including Canadian Living, Today’s Parent and Flare Pregnancy). Despite the fact that she writes on a variety of topics, Laura makes no effort to hide the fact that her children are her favourite subjects. She has also been a contributor to three books on parenting: Understanding Your Teen: Parenting Strategies that Work; Raising Great Kids: The Complete Guide to Your Child’s Health and Development; and Growing with Your Child, Pre-Birth to Age 5. Laura lives in Toronto with her husband Adam and their four kids, two cats, two guinea pigs and a particularly annoying schnauzer.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Warm and Funny Read! July 1 2004
By minxboo
This is a book with something for every parent. Ms. Pratt shares stories that all parents can identify with, from the mad rush to the hospital (only to be told that you're still pregnant--go home), to the adventures of sorting legos and planning your life around your new addition(s).
A great gift for any expectant or experienced mom!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, funny, and beautifully-written. June 30 2004
Laura Pratt has quite a way with words--and she clearly loves her role as Mother. The author lets us get a glimpse into the "ordinary" world of mothering 4 children. Her descriptions of everything from the discomforts of pregnancy to a mother's mixed emotions on sending her eldest child to school for the first time will make any mother laugh, cry, and most of all, *appreciate* that someone has put into words so beautifully the way we often feel but can't always articulate. The writing is intelligent and honest; sentimental without being sappy. Highly recommended for any loving mother.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for all parents June 30 2004
I just love Ms. Pratt's style. This book will have you laughing and crying and nodding in agreement. And it's not just for moms--even my husband could relate to the chapter where Ms. Pratt describes a "real life hopped on pop". I'm planning to buy this book for all my favorite parents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book for mothers! June 23 2004
I just thought this was a fantastic book. I really saw my own life unfolding before my eyes as I turned the pages. The author, Laura Pratt, does a fantastic job of capturing the joys and sorrows of motherhood. And her words made me realize, more than anything else before, just how "fleeting" the "years" are.
Joanne
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for all parents June 30 2004
By A. J. Mcdonald - Published on Amazon.com
I just love Ms. Pratt's style. This book will have you laughing and crying and nodding in agreement. And it's not just for moms--even my husband could relate to the chapter where Ms. Pratt describes a "real life hopped on pop". I'm planning to buy this book for all my favorite parents.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book for mothers! June 23 2004
By Joanne Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
I just thought this was a fantastic book. I really saw my own life unfolding before my eyes as I turned the pages. The author, Laura Pratt, does a fantastic job of capturing the joys and sorrows of motherhood. And her words made me realize, more than anything else before, just how "fleeting" the "years" are.
Joanne
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, funny, and beautifully-written. June 30 2004
By Karen Walker - Published on Amazon.com
Laura Pratt has quite a way with words--and she clearly loves her role as Mother. The author lets us get a glimpse into the "ordinary" world of mothering 4 children. Her descriptions of everything from the discomforts of pregnancy to a mother's mixed emotions on sending her eldest child to school for the first time will make any mother laugh, cry, and most of all, *appreciate* that someone has put into words so beautifully the way we often feel but can't always articulate. The writing is intelligent and honest; sentimental without being sappy. Highly recommended for any loving mother.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm and Funny Read! July 1 2004
By minxboo - Published on Amazon.com
This is a book with something for every parent. Ms. Pratt shares stories that all parents can identify with, from the mad rush to the hospital (only to be told that you're still pregnant--go home), to the adventures of sorting legos and planning your life around your new addition(s).
A great gift for any expectant or experienced mom!
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth, Wit, and Wisdom Aug. 11 2004
By Nicole - Published on Amazon.com
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There is no better timepiece than a child, or two, or four. Parents-to-be understand, intellectually, that time passes and your children grow before your eyes but Laura Pratt captures that whirlwind passage, writing with unflinching honesty and passion each little snapshot from her life as a mother. She uses lush description to perfectly capture, preserve, and report each touching vignette that she shares and the result is a book on motherhood that is by turns hilarious, insightful, and unrepentently sentimental. Highly recommended.
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