So when everyone has an opinion and most of the books on the market deal with specific aspects on adoption or particular types of adoptions, where do you turn to for reliable information? Start with Adoption For Dummies.
The great thing about this guide is that you decide where to start and what to read. It’s a reference you can jump into and out of at will. Just head to the table of contents or the index to find the information you want. Each part of Adoption For Dummies covers a particular aspect of adoption, including:Answering the basic adoption questions – How much does it cost? Who’s involved? How long does it take? What do I need to know that I don’t know to ask? And more. Getting started – and figuring out what steps you have to take. Dealing with birthmothers and birthfathers – and why, even though they may not be part of your life, they’re still important to you. Confronting the issues adoptive families face – issues from sharing the adoption story with your child, to answering your child's questions about his birthparents, to handling rude family members who treat your child differently than her cousins. Finding help – from books, resources, and support groups.
No adoption book – at least no adoption book that you can carry around without a hydraulic lift – can tell you everything there is to know about adoption. What Adoption For Dummies tells you is what you need to know, all in an easy-to-use reference.
True, cast iron is old; it's been around since the Middle Ages. And it is heavy. No one can dispute that even a small, cast-iron pot has a heft to it that no other cookware has. Nevertheless, cast-iron cookware has a place in today's kitchens, and that doesn’t mean simply hanging on the wall for decoration. Cast iron has much to offer modern-day cooks; it's easy to use, easy to care for, economical, versatile, and durable, and let's face it, it has a nostalgic appeal that no other cookware has. But more compelling than all those reasons is that it's a great cookware that makes great food. In fact, most cast-iron cooks will tell you that food cooked in cast iron tastes better than food cooked in anything else!
Cast-Iron Cooking For Dummies is for those cooks who may want to inject a little adventure and variety into their cooking. If you've never even thought of using cast-iron cookware, or you have a few cast-iron pots lying around, you'll discover all you need to know about making great food using cast iron. Here just a sampling of what you'll find in Cast-Iron Cooking For Dummies:Selecting the right cast-iron cookware for you Seasoning a new cast-iron pan Caring for your cast-iron cookware Discovering techniques to enhance your cast-iron cooking Enjoying cast-iron cooking in the Great Outdoors Tons of delicious recipes, from main and side dishes to desserts and international dishes Top Ten lists on ways to make your cast-iron cookware last longer, the best dishes suited for cast iron, and tips for achieving success in cast-iron cooking
So, whether you're a cooking novice or an experienced chef, you can find plenty of enjoyment from cooking with cast iron – and Cast-Iron Cooking For Dummies can show you the way.
Want to make crate-training easer for your dog—and yourself? This practical guide gives you the latest information on the most positive and successful way to use a crate to train your dog. Whether you are using a crate to housebreak your dog or for safer travelling, this guide tells you everything you need to know.
Find out:What kind of crate is best for your dogWhat accessories and equipment you will needHow to develop and effective training planThe best way to introduce your dog to the crateHow to solve any crate-training problemsWays to minimize mischief and maintain orderProven tips for crating successSafe ways to travel by car or by plane
Want to make crating and kenneling easier for your dog — and yourself? This practical guide offers the latest information on choosing the best crate and using it in a positive and successful way to train your dog.
Open the book and find:
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Pointers in selecting the best crate type and size
Instructions on housetraining your dog
How to approach crating with the right attitude
Tips for crating success
Did Fido track in mud after his recent romp in the yard? Did he encounter a skunk while out there? This authoritative guide provides proven advice on cleaning and removing even the toughest pet stains and odors, using readily available, pet-safe household cleaners and solutions.
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The basic supplies to have on hand
Step-by-step solutions for common pet clean-up chores
Guidelines for developing a cleaning regimen
Ways to eliminate the odor, stain, and germ issues caused by pet accidents
When time is short and your dog is depending on you, First Aid For Dogs For Dummies is the book to have close at hand. Find information about identifying injury, determining the proper steps to take, and knowing when to contact your vet.
Open the book and find:
The essentials for a complete first-aid kit
Where and how to apply pressure to stop bleeding
What to do when your pet is choking
Guidance for emergencies such as heatstroke, dehydration, and frostbite
Poison identification, removal, and treatment strategies
Be prepared! This must-have guide gives you everything you need to identify injuries, determine the proper steps to take, and when you need to contact your vet.
Find out:What first-aid supplies you should always have on handHow to approach and examine an injured animalThe best way to check vital signs and what to do nextWhat to do when your pet is chokingWhere and how to apply pressure to stop bleedingTreatments for trauma, shock, and seizuresPoison identification, removal, and treatment strategiesTips on the best ways to give medicationsHow to soothe burns, treat wounds, and use splints on breaks and sprains
This revised and refreshed third edition of Knitting For Dummies features new knitting patterns, refreshed and additional projects, a new bibliography and suppliers list, and improved step-by-step knitting instructions. Plus, from the book, you can access step-by-step instructional videos online that enable you to see and practice the knitting techniques found in the book.
From casting on to knitting in the round—and more—this new edition provides refreshed content and new images and access to online videos to help you follow along with the text. The book's user-friendly online instructional videos empower you to get started knitting immediately.Includes refreshed knitting projects Empowers you to confidently knit your own handmade creations A brand-new edition of the bestselling guide to knitting
Experienced and novice knitters alike can benefit from the step-by-step instructions and informative videos included in this new edition of Knitting For Dummies!
Get proven advice on how to take care of even the toughest pet stains and odors. From carpets to hardwood floors, crates to cars, this handy guide gives you practical solutions for all types of pet cleanup chores.
Find out:How to choose the best pet-safe household cleanersThe smartest way to tackle the odor, stain, and germ issues caused by pet accidentsHow to refresh and restore carpeted and hard-surface floorsQuick cleaning techniques for a crystal-clear, algae-free fish tankThe best pet bathing techniquesTips on cleaning a bird cage and maintaining a cat's litter box
Get smart about spending and saving—and ride out a recession!
Looking for practical ways to make every dollar count? This savvy guide gives you expert tips for tightening your belt and saving cash in every area of your life—from your house and car to dining and entertaining to banking and managing debt. You get realistic solutions for making smarter choices and living well in this time of economic turmoil—without extraordinary sacrifice!Bump up your take-home pay—spiff up your resume, find a good job fast, explore telecommuting, or start a home-based businessGet your personal finances in tip-top shape—create a budget, pay down debt, save on insurance, and protect your retirement fundsDevelop recession-proof habits—use coupons and rebates, extend the life of your wardrobe, utilize community resources, travel on a budget, and save on utilities and fuel expensesDecorate on a dime and entertain on a shoestring—plan parties, celebrate the holidays, and give gifts without losing your shirtBounce back from bad financial situations—improve bad credit scores, and negotiate with creditors or the IRS
Open the book and find:125 tips for making changes in your life that allow you to continue to live wellWays to stand out on paper and in an interview when looking for a jobTips on managing debt—from working with credit counselors and consolidating your debts to boosting your incomeSmart solutions for weathering financial emergencies, from bankruptcy to foreclosure