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Opting In by Amy Richards
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Feb 05, 2011

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This book wasn't what I expected based on the title and the few reviews I had read before I got it out of the library. I thought it would have more practical information about literally "having a child without losing yourself." Not so much. This to me read more like a book that would be assigned in a college womens studies class--part academic, part memoir, lots of research involving Ms. magazine. That said, it wasn't entirely unhelpful. I especially appreciated the chapters on egalitarian parenting, how having children affects female friendships, our own mothers, and raising kids today. It did help me look at some of the issues surrounding these topics in a fresh or temporarily forgotten way, which was nice. And the last couple pages do try to tie everything together and gave me a somewhat solid take-away from this book (though I didn't really need this book to arrive at this conclusion): figure out what's right for you, then do the best you can at it; don't forget to make time for yourself. meh.
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Wendy This looks like a really interesting book. I'm looking forward to hearing what you think.

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