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Featuring interviews with hundreds of moms and candid stories
from author Claudine Wolk’s own experiences as a mother, It Gets Easier!
. . . and Other Lies We Tell New Mothers employs a healthy mix of
humor, honesty, and insider strategies to give new and expecting moms a
“leg up” on the challenging task of first-time motherhood. This fun,
frank, and prescriptive guide strives to make motherhood easier by
addressing issues such as: “The Talk” you need to have with your husband
before you give birth; what you really need to know about labor and
delivery; the importance of a baby schedule (no matter what anyone else
says); the 6 Baby Commandments that can foster good eating and sleeping
habits; 5 new mom mantras that will help keep you sane; body image after
giving birth; and how to keep housework to a minimum. Complete with
resources for further exploration and a helpful glossary, this funny,
irreverent book will help ease every new mothers’ frustrations by
reminding them that they are not alone and providing tangible,
easy-to-follow tips for parenting success.

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Reviews for It Gets Easier! . . . And Other Lies We Tell New Mothers: A Fun, Practical Guide to Becoming a Mom:

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Feb 12, 2010

britt bought me this as a gift and i think the first half was very helpful. the second half, about being a housewife, less so. maybe i'm in denial thinking this stuff isn't going to happen to me. just remember, if i start scrapbooking, please end it for me.
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Apr 19, 2013

yeah, this is really just okay. i think that most of the people who have given it particularly negative reviews have done so out of ideological differences with the author, claiming that she is dismissive of attachment parenting. i think she definitely has some ideas about parenting that are not relevant to every parent, but anyone who is actually able to cling to a parenting ideology is either not yet a parent or won the parenthood lottery. i had a lot of bright ideas about attachment parenting yeah, this is really just okay. i think that most of the people who have given it particularly negative reviews have done so out of ideological differences with the author, claiming that she is dismissive of attachment parenting. i think she definitely has some ideas about parenting that are not relevant to every parent, but anyone who is actually able to cling to a parenting ideology is either not yet a parent or won the parenthood lottery. i had a lot of bright ideas about attachment parenting too. before my baby was born two months premature & wound up refusing to breastfeed. i choose to pump & give her breast milk in bottles, but a) i have no choice but to give her bottles, & people make plenty of assumptions about what is in those bottles, & b) if pumping hadn't worked for me, i'd have no choice but to give my baby formula. my point is that sometimes ideological intentions don't work out, & if yours do (as some of mine have), just count your blessings rather than getting all high & mighty about it.

basically the whole book can be boiled down to this: put your baby on a schedule to save your sanity, & make your peace with the fact that you are going to end up being a housewife one way or another. it's really not the worst advice in the world. i mean, the schedule thing is kind of silly. she goes on & on & ON about how everyone told her to "feed on demand" & it didn't work for her because she was feeding her baby like every hour & didn't understand that not every cry was a hunger cry. then she put him on a schedule & everything was awesome. i have a few replies to that:

* duh, not every cry is a hunger cry. but you have to get to know your baby before you can really get a handle on that. my baby is almost five months old & i'm still figuring it out.
* "feed on demand" doesn't mean "force the baby to eat if it whimpers".
* my theory is that, if the baby is hungry & you offer it food, it will eat. if the baby is not hungry & you offer it food, it will reject the food. so it never hurts to offer food. the baby will let you know if it's not interested. this is especially true of very young babies, who are driven entirely by instinct, & even more true of bottle-fed babies, who are less likely to feed simply for comfort.
* of course, this is my theory because it's what has been true for my baby. people figure out what works for their baby & they extoll it as the way to parent a baby, even though all babies are different.
* it's worth remembering that a newborn baby's stomach is teeny tiny. it simply cannot hold enough food to see it through a four-hour stretch, & this is why a newborn baby should not be scheduled. or why it will be impossible to schedule a newborn baby.

anyway. sorry this review sucks, my brain is fried from listening to the coverage of the boston marathon bombing suspect manhunt all day. the bottom line, i guess, is that this book offered a few useful tips that might help a frazzled new parent through those early days (& i mean early, like first few weeks--if your baby is more than like three months old, there probably won't be much of use here). but as with any book on parenting, you really have to read with an open mind rather than a rigid ideology & think about what might actually work for you as a parent & your baby as an individual. no one method or book is going to show you The Way To A Perfect Baby. & i also secretly feel that it does get easier. then again, i have a pretty awesome baby. ...more
5

I must admit that this is the first book that I have read on parenting outside of any sociology or psychology texts I read as an undergrad. As someone who is considering motherhood, I found this book ...Full Review
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Jun 20, 2017

This book brings up helpful information that other books do not discuss.
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Feb 05, 2012

This started off promising, but then ended up simply extolling the virtues of being a SAHM and mocking any sort of allegiance to attachment parenting principles. Blech.
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Mar 19, 2012

So...I wrote this book. Of course I love it! Hope you do too.

Come visit me at http://www.help4newmoms.com and share your thoughts, too!
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Aug 09, 2008

This book is really funny. You'll laugh and learn the realities of being a new mom.
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Jan 07, 2010

Very quick & broad overview of motherhood, focusing on new motherhood. Somewhat funny.
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May 23, 2008

I liked this book, but it's another one I'll add to my "read this BEFORE you have a baby" list. The author is definitely a cute write though.
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Jul 21, 2016

Love this book.
I buy it for Everyone that I know who gets PG
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Apr 11, 2016

This was a very fun read that also had a ton of information! It Gets Easier blends the stories of the author with factual information that was obviously researched making it a useful read that doesn't leave you wondering if you just wasted your time reading it.
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Aug 02, 2009

This book was given to me by a coworker (the uncle of the author). So far I'm enjoying it and think there are a few good take-aways that I hope to remember when the time comes (I'm due in three weeks).
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Jul 30, 2011

This book masquerades as a lighthearted, girlfriends' chat about motherhood - but is actually a patronizing dismissal of any type of 'natural' or 'attachment' parenting and paean to bottle-feeding your child on 'The Schedule'. This is all doused in a completely negative 'ha-ha' attitude. Not worth the time.
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Oct 19, 2009

Give this book to any pregnant mom or an unexpecting mom and she'll think this author is nuts and that she won't be this mom. Then, she'll have a baby and be this mom who curses her husband while he sleeps, can't get simple things like her hair brushed or laundry done. Motherhood: it's not for the faint of heart. Its comforting to know it's this hard for everyone.
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Mar 05, 2012

I found this to be very useful while going through my first pregnancy. She provides great advice for situations that I would never have known to ask about. And I really valued her sleep routine...it ended up working great for our son! It is a very quick and easy read and not too overwhelming. And best of all, she doesn't dole out the information in a "right/wrong" tone, but instead relays that at the end of the day you have to do what is right for you and baby.
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Jul 24, 2015

Were I not behind in my reading goal for the year and this such a fast, short read, I could never have finished. The author's jaded tone depressed me; over and over again I felt her blasé been there, done that attitude dragging me down. Quote upon quote from other pregnancy sources, mentioning techniques she never bothers to explain. I would not recommend this book, and as a hopeful mom to be reading it brought down my spirits.
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Aug 14, 2012

Great easy and fun read for anyone who is having a baby! It takes a more humorous approach but the information is extremely helpful and very factual. For anyone who wants to step out of a reference guide book and just read a book as if your very wise older sister was telling you how it is, this book is great for you. Also I enjoyed that is not opinionated or trying to push you in any one way of doing things, again, just telling you her experiences and what she has learned not just from herself Great easy and fun read for anyone who is having a baby! It takes a more humorous approach but the information is extremely helpful and very factual. For anyone who wants to step out of a reference guide book and just read a book as if your very wise older sister was telling you how it is, this book is great for you. Also I enjoyed that is not opinionated or trying to push you in any one way of doing things, again, just telling you her experiences and what she has learned not just from herself but from tons of research and information from many different types of mothers. ...more
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Nov 17, 2011

I picked this up because it was on a list of humorous books about pregnancy and the first year with the baby. While it was pretty entertaining, there was some good things in here as well. I like the idea of getting my kid on a schedule as soon as possible (yes, I know, we'll see how that works out). My only quibble is that she's an accountant, not a doctor, so I had a hard time trusting her when she told me to disregard certain things my pediatrician is going to tell me. Fairly entertaining and I picked this up because it was on a list of humorous books about pregnancy and the first year with the baby. While it was pretty entertaining, there was some good things in here as well. I like the idea of getting my kid on a schedule as soon as possible (yes, I know, we'll see how that works out). My only quibble is that she's an accountant, not a doctor, so I had a hard time trusting her when she told me to disregard certain things my pediatrician is going to tell me. Fairly entertaining and quick to read. ...more
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Nov 03, 2009

I must admit that this is the first book that I have read on parenting outside of any sociology or psychology texts I read as an undergrad. As someone who is considering motherhood, I found this book to be very insightful and humorous. I feel that I have a better idea of the good and bad that comes along with parenting. Wolk details her personal experiences and refers to parenting classics when making her arguments. There is a valuable resource list of books and websites for further I must admit that this is the first book that I have read on parenting outside of any sociology or psychology texts I read as an undergrad. As someone who is considering motherhood, I found this book to be very insightful and humorous. I feel that I have a better idea of the good and bad that comes along with parenting. Wolk details her personal experiences and refers to parenting classics when making her arguments. There is a valuable resource list of books and websites for further investigation. This is a quick and useful read. I highly recommend it. ...more
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Aug 24, 2013

As Marianne wrote: if you give it to a new mom, or - even more so - a mom-to-be, she is likely to consider it preposterous, especially since the author is a champion of formula. But when the breastfeeding problems are so serious you need to switch to formula, or the baby just won't sleep, this is a gem. The book is uneven, but the good bits are invaluable. It contains really specific tips and schedules re: feeding and napping I have not encountered anywhere else (still, such specific tips and As Marianne wrote: if you give it to a new mom, or - even more so - a mom-to-be, she is likely to consider it preposterous, especially since the author is a champion of formula. But when the breastfeeding problems are so serious you need to switch to formula, or the baby just won't sleep, this is a gem. The book is uneven, but the good bits are invaluable. It contains really specific tips and schedules re: feeding and napping I have not encountered anywhere else (still, such specific tips and plans may not work equally well for everyone), explains the connection between very consistent - yet doable - feeding and napping schedule and sleeping through the night. ...more
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Dec 12, 2008

Again, this is one of those books I've been reading over the past year, and finally got around to finishing. Provided a healthy sense of humor to counter some of the mundane tasks that surround my recent days. Gave perspective on how small all of it actually is in comparison to the joy I get to experience. I liked the lessons in the end of what to keep in mind to be a "good parent". While she is strongly against co-sleeping, I don't hold it against her cause obviously it doesn't work for Again, this is one of those books I've been reading over the past year, and finally got around to finishing. Provided a healthy sense of humor to counter some of the mundane tasks that surround my recent days. Gave perspective on how small all of it actually is in comparison to the joy I get to experience. I liked the lessons in the end of what to keep in mind to be a "good parent". While she is strongly against co-sleeping, I don't hold it against her cause obviously it doesn't work for everyone. I DON'T agree however that by sleeping with your children you are necessarily robbing your husband of his #1 place. ...more
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Oct 24, 2009

I've been interested in this book since I stumbled across the title on Amazon.com. I won a free copy from the author.

I thought the book was good. Maybe hyped up a little too much. I think I would have thought more of it if I was still having babies. The last several chapters were great for new moms as well as seasoned mothers like myself.

The advice in the book was not earth shattering to me. I either knew it before having babies or had figured it out on my own. Sometimes her advice reflected I've been interested in this book since I stumbled across the title on Amazon.com. I won a free copy from the author.

I thought the book was good. Maybe hyped up a little too much. I think I would have thought more of it if I was still having babies. The last several chapters were great for new moms as well as seasoned mothers like myself.

The advice in the book was not earth shattering to me. I either knew it before having babies or had figured it out on my own. Sometimes her advice reflected her own experience too much and didn't venture into the isolating hell of real postpartum depression. Overall I would say it is a decent practical guide for new mothers. ...more
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Nov 04, 2010

What a wretched piece of overwhelmingly negative, deliberately obtuse, perversely patronizing and dismissive dreck. Practically unreadable. Every time the phrase "nobody ever mentions..." popped up it was always something I've heard about quite a bit, actually, thanks. I'm glad I got this from the library, but it's hard to refrain from returning it with pages tucked in of factual information on the various issues that someone might actually find useful, not these idiotically arbitrary What a wretched piece of overwhelmingly negative, deliberately obtuse, perversely patronizing and dismissive dreck. Practically unreadable. Every time the phrase "nobody ever mentions..." popped up it was always something I've heard about quite a bit, actually, thanks. I'm glad I got this from the library, but it's hard to refrain from returning it with pages tucked in of factual information on the various issues that someone might actually find useful, not these idiotically arbitrary assumptions disguised as "helpful humor." Yes, you probably won't kill your baby if you follow her lead, and ignorance is bliss, but won't you just be an unpleasant resentful bitch about it all, shee-it. ...more
3

Nov 17, 2011

I think it was a good book however I am comparing every mother book I read to "I Was a Better Mom Before I Had Kids". It is unfair since I really loved that book and know nothing else is going to beat the humor and honesty that book provided me at the right time of my life. This book could have been as good had I read it while I was pregnant. It is definitely written with that woman in mind rather than the one who is in year 2 of motherhood. I am looking for answers for NOW. It does lack the I think it was a good book however I am comparing every mother book I read to "I Was a Better Mom Before I Had Kids". It is unfair since I really loved that book and know nothing else is going to beat the humor and honesty that book provided me at the right time of my life. This book could have been as good had I read it while I was pregnant. It is definitely written with that woman in mind rather than the one who is in year 2 of motherhood. I am looking for answers for NOW. It does lack the humor as the previous book mentioned but the honesty is still there. I nodded my head a lot as I read along. If you are thinking of getting a soon-to-be first time mother a book this could be the one to stick in the gift basket with the hooded towels and teething rings. ...more
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Nov 07, 2010

I liked this one. It did seem practical, it wasn't politically correct, and most of the advice seemed to match up with what I've seen in my child care experience. The only part I didn't like was the section about self-actualization. I believe we can only really be fulfilled with Jesus at the center of our lives. I liked the emphasis on the importance of the husband/wife relationship in raising children, and that is something that definitely had an important place in my own childhood. In fact, as I liked this one. It did seem practical, it wasn't politically correct, and most of the advice seemed to match up with what I've seen in my child care experience. The only part I didn't like was the section about self-actualization. I believe we can only really be fulfilled with Jesus at the center of our lives. I liked the emphasis on the importance of the husband/wife relationship in raising children, and that is something that definitely had an important place in my own childhood. In fact, as a child I remember my dad telling me that he loved God first, then mommy, then us. I did not think this was strange or that he was somehow telling me he loved me less. I also liked the section about respect, which was really more about discipline. It's such an important thing, but with the "self esteem" push it seems to be going by the wayside. ...more

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