The first part of the book was hilarious. The second part, she tried hard with less success. The author tells that she likes to go to serious websitesThe first part of the book was hilarious. The second part, she tried hard with less success. The author tells that she likes to go to serious websites to do her research and go to the main sources of an article; the studies and scientific papers, in that way she debunked info she read in dubious websites.
For a scholarly woman like her, to mention God in infertility advices is just plainly out of place. She says: "consider faith and spirituality (...) It can be difficult if you really want a baby and wonder if God is punishing you, or if you feel angry at God (...) these feelings are common, but they can be very destructive to your faith and to your mental health (mental health actually excludes to believe in any kind of magical being, "God" included). Try to talk them through with a therapist or your religious leader. And when you have doubts, or wonder if you're being punished, realize that God does not expect you to be perfect. Ask for forgiveness from God or from whomever you wronged". There are even two Bible verses mentioned.
The book has the typical advices regarding fertility: stop smoking, stop drinking, lose weight if you are fat, win weight if you are too thin, exercise regularly, take vitamin supplements. It worth reading to cheer up very well, though. ...more
The advises about what to do in unexpected situations save this book, but the illustrations are uglier than Shin Chan and the characters are mean andThe advises about what to do in unexpected situations save this book, but the illustrations are uglier than Shin Chan and the characters are mean and they hit and kick each other like if it is fun to do so. Even if censured, they show butts when it is not needed at all to develop the story. I think this is not suitable for kids....more
Good compilation of Greek myths even if they are slightly different from the main books. I have to change some tragic parts of the myths for my 4 yearGood compilation of Greek myths even if they are slightly different from the main books. I have to change some tragic parts of the myths for my 4 years old daughter. The illustrations are nice and colorful. ...more
As an atheist mother raising a freethinker, I thought I was going to love this book but I dislike it a lot even if I agree with some atheist phrases.As an atheist mother raising a freethinker, I thought I was going to love this book but I dislike it a lot even if I agree with some atheist phrases. The book is a collection of essays about lots of topics, many of them not related to atheism, agnosticism or religion. Some of the phrases that makes me feel the money was totally wasted with this book:
- "Yet kids are born, with certain tendencies, and their disposition has nothing to do with us as moms and dads. Some kids are easier to parent, and some are more difficult". What a weak statement
- "It doesn't matter if we teach our kids the alphabet before they get into preschool. They're going to learn their letters by the time they're five anyway". As a follower of early learning and a woman who delights about the wonders the young brains can do, I find this phrase despicable and lazy.
- "I allowed them (her children) to watch "regular television" under one condition. They had to write at least one summary of a commercial during each thirty-minute program I allowed them to watch (...) yes, they had to get out their pencils and papers and tell me what the advertisers were trying to sell and how they were trying to sell it (...) I know you're probably thinking that, if you ask this of your kids, you'll be forever remembered as the world's meanest mommy or daddy. Not to worry - kids are very forgiving, and if you sit with them and watch, maybe with some snacks, they'll forgive you even sooner" She is mean, mean, mean!
- "Getting involved in community service early in life makes helping others seem like a natural part of everyone's routine. We teach kids to see that others need help, and since we're able, it's our duty to pitch in. You know what happens: what goes around comes back to you. Your kids, one day, will see you in your time of need and be compassionate".
To be kind to expect others to be kind seems plainly selfish and even religious, I way prefer in Dan Barker's book, Maybe Right, Maybe Wrong: "some people are kind to other people because they want to be treated the same way themselves. This is sometimes called the Golden Rule, and it is not a bad rule. But other people are kind because they think human beings are valuables, not because they want a reward".
- "There is no such thing as miracles or fate, only luck and coincidences". "Luck"? seriously? ◔_◔
- "Each time you have sex, you give away part of yourself. If you give too much, eventually you will have no self-respect of yourself" "Give away..." ಠ_ಠ
- "Your body is a temple". That's from the bible!
I totally disagree with what Deborah Mitchell shows in this book, a sometimes dictatorial way of parenting with its obvious reminiscence of her religious past. This book is also very disorganized jumping from a topic to another, with anecdotes and advises like playing Pictionary and buying it at Ebay so it is not too expensive, totally not related to the title's book.
Despite the first Goddess Girls book I read and I disliked, I read this second book and it was not that bad. Persephone is a brave girl and the storyDespite the first Goddess Girls book I read and I disliked, I read this second book and it was not that bad. Persephone is a brave girl and the story with Hades is sweetly shaped for young readers....more