Friday, December 3, 2010

If I'm Diapering a Watermelon Then Where'd I Leave the Baby?- Review

I 'heart' Carol Barnier's books. She sent me a copy of her Wired Child holiday e-book and I mentioned that I had read two of her 'paper copy' books. When I told her this was the one I was missing, she sent it to me! I will tell you what I told her. The reason I never bought the book was because by the time I found her books, I didn't have a baby in the house so I thought it wouldn't be applicable. BUT the book has nothing to do with having a baby in the house (although it could be very helpful if you do). The second part of the title is less eye catching but describes it perfectly; "Help for the Highly Distractible Mom." (It sells for $12.74 on Amazon.)

Like her other books, it is chock full of great IDEAS along with wit and humor. I just don't want to give anything away and I can't express the ideas as she does so I would do it a disservice, but she has simple ideas like putting a wrist band on your kid when you send them off to do something such as clean their room. And set a timer for them..both where you are where they area because if both mom and child are distractible, everyone will need a little help. She has a unique technique using hand cues that can help you remember ANYTHING...such as... the 'why did i walk in the living room again?' syndrome.

I have read a LOT of books on how to organize, how to homeschool and 'tips for success' books. Most of the ideas in this book I had not read or heard of somewhere else. This book also validated me in some ways..the choices I have made to do what I do. I know, I should get all that from the Lord and I'm working on that. But a little encouragement via a book every now and then is helpful!

She also doesn't set out to change you..or your child. (The book is written as tips for mom.) It celebrates the gifts that you have as a highly distractible mom. To quote her in the introduction, "I'm not interested in turning you into a carbon copy of these lovely and naturally ordered moms. To do so would be to lose some of your very best strengths." The book is laid out as 'awareness statements'. That we might become aware of areas where a bit of help would be ..helpful.

You can get to the book by clicking HERE or at the picture at the top. She also has an awesome blog called Sizzlebop. I do think this would be a fabulously fun and helpful Christmas present for many a moms. Or get one for yourself.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and am not obliged to give a positive review.

1 comment:

Our Village is a Little Different said...

That was nice of her! I love the SizzleBop emails and blog, and I her advice has been a Godsend so many times.

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