Just got my copy three weeks ago and it totally rocks! I have never seen a parenting or any book on motherhood offer recipes throughout the book. It's a first for me, very unusual and I love having these right at my fingertips.
There's so much useful information in this book that it will surely become quite popular. For example, in so many other books, things are repeated over and over. In this one, each parenting topic is new and like she says, are some of the most popular.
It begins with telling us how Hollywood moms are lucky enough to hire nannies as first time moms and then jumps right into why what we see on TV and in magazines is pure fluff to the every day mom.
From preparing your body for pregnancy, getting pregnant, having the baby and all the way to important tips on baby, toddlers, preschoolers, elementary school aged-children, preteens - tweens and teens, it's amazing.
I'm not sure which area I love the best, but I can really get into the tips and sections on Making Memories and Building Traditions (these are AWESOME and EASY ideas), Work At Home suggestions, Organizational and Travel with kids tips, plus all of the recipes -- there's at least three to four at the end of each chapter, which so far, my kids love.
I love Jodie Lynn's books, columns, articles and radio segments. Not positive, but she may be the first to ever have such an amazing book cover celebrating three nationalities -- it's so like her to come up with creative, yet sincere ideas, in reflecting how all moms are the real CEOs in life and each one is a Mom CEO - Chief Everything Officer.
There is also a Mom CEO Creed which is printed in the book and it's right on target in describing the life of a real mom. Probably like me, you will be typing it in an email and sending it out to all of your friends -- it's that incredible!
I have all of the topics marked about having a successful school year, like homework help, parent/teacher conferences, building listening skills, teaching kids to love to read and activities to help your first, second and third grader write better (as in better handwriting), how to choose a preschool that's right for your child, getting ready for kindergarten, and the WHO IS IT? safety game she created works really well with my two younger children -- and much more.
I say it totally rocks and each mom should have their own copy --perfect for showers, gifts and the Holidays! Thanks Jodie Lynn - thanks so much!