Excerpt from The Mom Book by Stacy M. DeBroff, plus links to reviews, author biography & more

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The Mom Book

4,278 of Mom Central's Tips...for Moms, from Moms

by Stacy M. DeBroff

The Mom Book
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    Feb 2002, 704 pages

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10 Defining Principles

Alternatives to Saying No • Time-Outs

Behavioral Challenges
Tantrums & Bad Moods • Interruptions • Thumb Sucking • Aggression & Biting • Lying • Whining

Siblings & a New Baby • Getting Along

Playgroups • Playdates & Friends • Sleepovers

Teaching Manners
Getting Started • Table Manners • Thank-You Notes


10 Defining Principles

Organizing Your Home

A Place for Everything • Getting Rid of Clutter & Junk • Your Child's Bedroom • Toys • Artwork & School Projects • Kitchen • Emergency Telephone Sheet • Bathroom • Closets • Storage • Backyard & Garden

Prioritizing & Keeping Track
Weekly To-Do List • Calendar

Organizing Paper
Mail • Working Files for Daily Use • Family Filing System • Household Warranties

Establishing Family Routines
Mastering the Morning Launch • Family Meetings • Family Goal Setting

Personal Time & Relationships
Time for Self • Time with Your Partner • Logistics Around Divorce • Keeping in Touch

Moving with Kids
Making the Transition Easier • Gathering Information About Your New Community • What to Open, Close, Return, Retrieve, & Transfer • Packing It Up • Saying Goodbye • Getting Acclimated

Surviving a Home Renovation with Kids Underfoot

Legal Issues

Your Will • Nominating a Guardian for Your Child


10 Defining Principles

Engaging Your Partner's Help

How to Involve Your Child

Starting Your Child on Chores • Chores for Your Toddler • Chores for Your Older Child • Using a Chore Chart • Inspiration Along the Way • Allowance & Pay for Extra Chores

Housekeeping & Cleaning
General Cleaning Tips • Kitchen • Stain Removal & Damage Repairs Around the House • Laundry • Hiring Housecleaning Help

Running Errands & Shopping

Pets & Your Child


10 Defining Principles

Negotiating Maternity Leave

Announcing You're Pregnant • Your Office's Policy • How Much Leave to Take • Arranging for Coverage During Your Leave • Weeks Leading up to Your Leave • When to Start Your Leave • While on Leave • Returning to Work

Revising Your Work Schedule
Evaluate Your Situation • Work Structure Options • Working at Home: Telecommuting • Making Your Request to Your Employer • Negotiating Your Salary • Leave Room for Change

Managing Your Work at the Office
Structuring Your Work Time • Using the Wizard of Oz Technique • Minimizing Interruptions • Fielding Overtime & Off-Hour Requests • Forming a Network of Working Moms

Travel for Work
Pacing Your Travel • Coordinating with Your Partner • Managing Your Household While You Travel • Sharing Information with Your Child • Keeping in Touch • Taking Your Child Along • Explaining to Your Child Why She Can't Join You • Bringing Back Surprises

Managing the Home Front
Using Breaks at Work for Errands • Staying Connected to Your Child • Sharing with Your Child What You Do at Work • Arriving Home in an Upbeat Mood • Unwinding After Work

Working from Home
The Mom-trepreneur: Running a Home-Based Business • Setting Up Your Home Office & Work Schedule • Telecommuting • Dealing with Clients • Fielding Interruptions • Combating Loneliness

Copyright © 2002 by Mom Central, Inc.

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