Let’s face it: babies don’t do much. So when we want to know how a baby is feeling, we look at how they are eating, sleeping, and pooping. But baby digestion is a complicated landscape, and most parents struggle to interpret everything from burps and grunts to diapers and spit-up. In fact, for parents of newborns, digestive issues are one of the leading causes of pediatrician visits.
Enter Bryan Vartabedian, MD, one of America’s top pediatric gastroenterologists. In Looking Out for Number Two, Dr. Vartabedian draws on more than twenty years of experience as a doctor and father to present an insightful yet irreverent guide to newborn digestive health: what goes in, what comes out, and what it all means.
In this accessible, easy-to-use manual, Dr. Vartabedian tackles everything from standard questions about burping positions and bowel movements to hot button issues like the role of the microbiome in the development of allergies and the debate over breast milk versus formula. Throughout, he soothes parents’ concerns and answers their most urgent question: "Is this normal?"
Complete with illustrations, lively anecdotes, and a healthy dose of humor, Looking Out for Number Two is required reading for every new parent and is sure to become an instant classic.
Bryan Vartabedian, MD, is a pediatric gastroenterologist at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, America’s largest children’s hospital. Beyond examining thousands of dirty diapers, he has made a life shaping practical solutions to the digestive health problems of children. He is the author of Colic Solved, and he lives in The Woodlands, Texas, with his wife, two children, and an Australian labradoodle.
If you are the kind of mom who shapes your kiddo’s organic quinoa into reproductions of the Mona Lisa, do not read this book. If you stayed up past midnight to create posters for your PTO presidential campaign, do not read this book. If you look down your nose at parents who have Domino’s pizza on speed dial, do not read this book.
But if you are the kind of parent who accidentally goes ballistic on your rugrats every morning because they won’t put their shoes on and then you feel super guilty about it all day so you take them to McDonald’s for a special treat but really it’s because you opened up your freezer and panicked because you forgot to buy more frozen pizzas, then absolutely read this book.
I Want My Epidural Back is a celebration of mediocre parents and how awesome they are and how their kids love them just as much as children with perfect parents. Karen Alpert’s honest but hilarious observations, stories, quips and pictures will have you nodding your head and peeing in your pants. Or on the toilet if you’re smart and read it there.
In the tradition of Paul Tough’s How Children Succeed and Wendy Mogel’s The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, this groundbreaking manifesto focuses on the critical school years when parents must learn to allow their children to experience the disappointment and frustration that occur from life’s inevitable problems so that they can grow up to be successful, resilient, and self-reliant adults.
Modern parenting is defined by an unprecedented level of overprotectiveness: parents who rush to school at the whim of a phone call to deliver forgotten assignments, who challenge teachers on report card disappointments, mastermind children’s friendships, and interfere on the playing field. As teacher and writer Jessica Lahey explains, even though these parents see themselves as being highly responsive to their children’s well being, they aren’t giving them the chance to experience failure—or the opportunity to learn to solve their own problems.
Overparenting has the potential to ruin a child’s confidence and undermine their education, Lahey reminds us. Teachers don’t just teach reading, writing, and arithmetic. They teach responsibility, organization, manners, restraint, and foresight—important life skills children carry with them long after they leave the classroom.
Providing a path toward solutions, Lahey lays out a blueprint with targeted advice for handling homework, report cards, social dynamics, and sports. Most importantly, she sets forth a plan to help parents learn to step back and embrace their children’s failures. Hard-hitting yet warm and wise, The Gift of Failure is essential reading for parents, educators, and psychologists nationwide who want to help children succeed.