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Balance Is a Crock, Sleep Is for the Weak: an Indispensible Guide to Surviving Working Motherhood. Amy Eschliman & Leigh Oshirak, $20.00

BALANCE IS A CROCK, SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK is the indispensable "what to expect when you're expected back at work" guide for working mothers or any woman considering returning to work after baby.


Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms. Jack Canfield, et al, $16.95

101 stories celebrating the power of choice for stay-at-home and work-from-home moms.


Child Care Today: Getting It Right for Everyone. Penelope Leach, $21.00

Who is caring for today’s children? How well are they succeeding? Leach answers these and other urgent questions with facts and figures gathered from the most current research, brought to life by the voices of parents, including those involved in her own five-year study. She highlights the urgent need for measures to raise the quality of child care and to make the best care we can provide available to all families, just as it is in most other developed nations. Setting out clearly and candidly what is known about every aspect of child care—including the often hidden feelings and fears of parents—Leach presents a critical case for change.

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Dinner with Dad: How One Man Braved Traffic, Battled Picky Eaters, and Found His Way Back to the Family Table. Cameron Strachler, $16.50

By all accounts, Cameron Stracher is living the American dream. Problem is, thanks to a crazy work schedule, he’s never home to enjoy it. So Cameron makes a bold decision: For the next year he’ll be home by six o’clock at least five days a week to sit down to a real family dinner–and he’ll even help cook that dinner. But as this daring adventure gets under way, it becomes clear that only the author’s faith in another American dream–family closeness at the dinner table–keeps him moving, as he shops, chops, and cooks his way to fulfillment.


The Entrepreneurial Mom's Guide to Running Your Own Business. Kathryn Bechthold, $23.95

This helpful guide offers tips and resources for keeping a profitable business running while still making the kids your priority.


Everyday Goodbyes: a Guide to the Separation Process. Nancy Balaban, $33.50

Separation often evokes feelings of fear and anxiety in children. Because the success or failure of early separation experiences can affect a child's movement toward independence, teachers and parents must know how to help young children cope with the unpleasant feelings sometimes associated with separation. In EVERYDAY GOODBYES, Nancy Balaban addresses this critical aspect of child development.  This wonderful book helps teachers and parents to understand why children take time to adjust. Photographs and real-life anecdotes of children, teachers, and parents illustrate all aspects of the adjustment process, and activities for the classroom that support children’s movement toward independence and self-confidence are included.

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I Love Mondays and Other Confessions from Devoted Working Moms. Michelle Cove, $23.50

A growing number of women today are fortunate enough to enjoy both parenting and having a meaningful career. These moms look forward to going back to work on Mondays (even if they don't admit it aloud), and many consider their job to be a major part of their identity, not just the daily grind. In I LOVE MONDAYS, Michelle Cove explores the difficulties faced by working moms — and provides real-life anecdotes, helpful new perspectives, and mom-tested strategies for dealing each one. Full of hilarious — and humbling — stories from women who are trying to have it all, I LOVE MONDAYS will help working moms everywhere alleviate their anxiety, hone their work-home juggling skills, and boost their confidence in their roles as professionals and as parents.


Mommy Wars: Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives and Their Families. Leslie Morgan Steiner, editor, $18.00

With motherhood comes one of the toughest decisions of a woman's life: stay home or pursue a career? As an executive at the Washington Post and a mother of three, Leslie Morgan Steiner has lived and breathed every side of the mommy wars. Rather than just watch the battles rage, she decided to do something about it. She asked 26 outspoken mothers to write about their lives and the choices that have worked for them. The result is a frank, surprising, utterly refreshing look at American motherhood. MOMMY WARS is a book by and for and about the real experts on motherhood and hard work: the women at home, in the office, on the job every day of their lives.


Nursing Mother/Working Mother: the Essential Guide for Breastfeeding and Staying Close to Your Baby after You Return to Work. Gayle Pryor, $17.95

For the working mother: How to keep the breastfeeding bond between mother and child strong.

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The Second Shift: Working Families and the Revolution at Home, Revised Edition. Arlie Hochschild & Anne Machung, $19.00

More than twenty years ago, sociologist Arlie Hochschild set off a tidal wave of conversation and controversy with the bestselling book, THE SECOND SHIFT. In it, she examined what really happens in dual-career households. Adding together time in paid work, child care, and housework, she found that working mothers put in a month of work a year more than their spouses. Updated for a workforce now half female, this edition cites a range of new studies and statistics and includes a new afterword in which Hochschild assesses how much, and how little, has changed for women today.


Secrets of the Nanny Whisperer: a Practical Guide for Finding and Achieving the Gold Standard of Care for Your Child. Tammy Gold, $18.00

Finding the right caregiver can be one of the most life-changing decisions a parent makes. Whether it’s a kindly neighbor for the weekday latchkey hours, a teenage babysitter one night a week, or a full-time professional nanny, the right caregiver can enrich a child’s world and literally grow her brain. Hire the wrong one, and this person could cause developmental delays and stress for the entire family.  

Knowing the impact caregivers have on children coupled with the unregulated often unknown world of in-home childcare workers, Gold has devoted her professional career, and now this book, to helping parents navigate through this important–and woefully overlooked–process. She arms parents with invaluable tools, tips, and insider secrets to finding the perfect caregiver-family match.  

In addition to saving hours and energy, Parents will also discover as much about parenting as they will about finding a nanny. Secrets of the Nanny Whisperer is chock-full of parenting gems about children’s developmental stages, ways to nurture and stimulate the child, and essential strategies for maintaining harmonious and high-functioning parent-child-caregiver relationships. This book is a must read for parents who want to create a happier, healthier and safer childcare experience for their child.  

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Complete Booklist

Balance Is a Crock, Sleep Is for the Weak: an Indispensible Guide to Surviving Working Motherhood. Amy Eschliman & Leigh Oshirak, $20.00

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms — 101 Stories Celebrating the Power of Choice for Stay-at-Home and Work-from-Home Moms. Jack Canfield, et al, $16.95

Child Care Today: Getting It Right for Everyone. Penelope Leach, $21.00

Collapsing Careers: How the Workplace Short-changes Mothers. Joanna Grigg, $19.95

Dinner with Dad: How One Man Braved Traffic, Battled Picky Eaters, and Found His Way Back to the Family Table. Cameron Strachler, $16.50

The Entrepreneurial Mom's Guide to Running Your Own Business. Kathryn Bechthold, $23.95

Everyday Goodbyes: a Guide to the Separation Process. Nancy Balaban, $33.50

I Love Mondays and Other Confessions from Devoted Working Moms. Michelle Cove, $23.50

Mommy Wars: Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives and Their Families. Leslie Morgan Steiner, editor, $18.00

Nursing Mother/Working Mother: the Essential Guide for Breastfeeding and Staying Close to Your Baby after You Return to Work. Gayle Pryor, $17.95

The Second Shift: Working Families and the Revolution at Home, Revised Edition. Arlie Hochschild & Anne Machung, $19.00

Secrets of the Nanny Whisperer: a Practical Guide for Finding and Achieving the Gold Standard of Care for Your Child. Tammy Gold, $18.00

Who Cares? Women's Work, Childcare, and Welfare State Redesign. Jane Jenson et al, $40.95

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