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A great read for any new (especially first-time) parent who is navigating the neurotic web of parenting "philosophies," what-to-expect generalizations, and the holier-than-thou blogosphere. Based on a series of personal reflections, stories from friends, and a return to common sense, Calhoun's book is not another parenting "advice book"--it is the antidote to parenting advice books. While Calhoun's reflections on "our" generation of parents tends to start out a little too universalistic (surely class and locale, plus a thousand other variations, generate more diversity than she sometimes assumes), she has a well honed sense of proportion in handling each (unnecessarily) anxiety-ridden choice that parents face. Reading this as a new dad has been therapeutic! 

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