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Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids
Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids
by Kim John Payne
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.40

20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Back to Basics - simple advice, 11 Sep 2012
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This book does what it says on the packet - the general description pretty much covers the entire content of the book. The general ethos is very admirable and a good reminder of the basics of what good parenting should be about - e.g. setting up predictable routines for kids, clearing the clutter, less screen time, less scheduling and more time for relaxed playing. As such, it's a good reminder to parents of the ideal we should all be aiming for - going back to basics and thinking about the maybe obvious, but often overlooked things that would make our childrens lives happier.

My only bug bear about this book is that I found it rather long winded - you have to read through a lot of waffle to cut to the chase. I also thought the examples used tended to be quite extreme cases, and as such some of the advice was rather drastic and a bit inflexible (e.g. always having the same meals on the same day of the week). The assumption being that every one reading this book is in need of some drastic action, whereas arguably if you picked up this book in the first place, you're probably half way there anyway.

It gave me a few new ideas and inspired me to "get back on track". I did get a bit bored half way through though, as the advice is quite "hair shirt" and liable to leave any vaguely "normal" parents feeling slightly anxious and guilty over their mountainous plastic toy habit! Good advice, but quite hard to live up to.


Secret of Childhood
Secret of Childhood
by Maria Montessori
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £7.99

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather heavy going.., 13 Feb 2012
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I bought this book as my children have just started at a Montessori nursery and I wanted to know more about the theory behind the teaching methods. This book is Maria Montessori's original text and was first printed in 1966. As such, it is written in a very long winded and old fashioned way, with lots of referral to the bible and the "souls of the little children" etc. It is interesting, but you have to wade through a lot of surpurflous background info to be able to dig out any actual coherent info about the Montessori methods themselves. It also obviously pertains to the time it was written in (e.g. the early 20th Century), so a lot of the contextural stuff is irrelevant now. There are probably more accessible and up to date books about the Montessori method out there, if you just want something that is relevant to today.


Knit-it Mice Kit
Knit-it Mice Kit
Offered by BouncyHappyPeople
Price: £9.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice kit but quite complicated, 3 Feb 2009
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
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Attractive knitting kit and very cute mice to make. I bought this for my niece, who has no knitting experience aged 8. It is too complicated for a complete beginner to make straight away, especially younger children,as the pattern is quite complicated to follow and definitely requires adult supervision. Probably more suitable for age 10 upwards, but overall still would make a nice present.


Carriwell Seamless Maternity Bra (Large, White)
Carriwell Seamless Maternity Bra (Large, White)
Offered by Bumps Maternity Wear
Price: £12.99

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good shape, but uncomfortable, 10 Dec 2008
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Ok - the bra gives you a good shape and firm support. However, on me the straps sat close to my neck which somehow makes the weight distribution uneven across your back. As I am quite large chested, this made it so uncomfortable that I could only wear this bra for a few hours at a time. It also comes quite high up your chest, so you can only really wear high necked tops with it.
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Raising Boys: Why Boys are Different - and How to Help Them Become Happy and Well-Balanced Men
Raising Boys: Why Boys are Different - and How to Help Them Become Happy and Well-Balanced Men
by Steve Biddulph
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok as a general overview, but not really worth bothering with.., 10 Dec 2008
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I bought this book as I have just found I am expecting twin sons, and coming from a very female dominated family, wanted to try and get my head round it a bit. On the plus side, it is quite a short book and easy and accessible to read. However, because it trys to cover boys' development from birth to age 16, it is rather generalised with the result that no subject is really covered in depth, although it tends more towards advice for adolescents.

In a nutshell, the advice is to give boys lots of love and attention in the early years and provide them with good male role models later - general common sense really. This is interspersed with some more specific random advice, such as how to wash a baby boy's penis and some possibly not quite such useful suggestions i.e. holding a "ceremony for honouring the start of adolesence and giving sexuality a positive start" Hmmmmm. I also found some of the advice rather irritatingly patronising, such as encouraging boys to cook (tip: "roll up their sleeves and wear an apron, handle knives with lots of care").

Ok as a general overview, but overall not a particularly satisfying or informative read, particularly if your sons are still very young. The book does touch on some interesting subjects, but I found that these were not explored in enough depth to be of much use.
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The Graphic Designer's Guide to Pricing, Estimating and Budgeting
The Graphic Designer's Guide to Pricing, Estimating and Budgeting
by Theo Stephan Williams
Edition: Paperback

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading if you're planning to go freelance, 2 Mar 2004
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I found this book extremely useful. This is the nitty gritty of what you need to know regarding pricing policy and how to handle your customers if you're planning to go freelance. Quite complicated in places, but tons of really useful advice & various formats for forms/paperwork etc. I definately feel more confident & well informed about my pricing policy after reading this. Also some good hints for handling tricky situations with clients & how to build/maintain good client relationships. Although written for a US audience, the advice & formulas are jsut as relevant for the UK (or any other country's) market.


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