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It was great timing to find in my mailbox a copy of Joan Wester Anderson’s new book, “Moms Go Where Angels Fear to Tread: Adventures in Motherhood,” because, as I told her, I’ve been getting a little fed up lately with all the unsolicited advice I’ve received from well-intentioned, by annoying folks on what I could be doing better with my offspring.


Eric and I have decided to listen to only those parenting suggestions from people who have offered to take our kids for the weekend or who would be willing to spend over 50 consecutive hours with them. Because, come on, all kids are different. The rules that benefit one could damage the other. And it’s a whole lot easier doling out advice when you aren’t the person who has to execute it.

I breathed a sigh of relief when I read these words from Joan: “From my experience, if you rely on God’s help and second on your own good instincts, you’ll be happier for it.” And, “As out of synch as our lives can feel, we should never underestimate our own strength. God does send you what you need. And if an angel isn’t available, Mom will go in and get the job done.”

Joan’s collection of stories are hilarious and give moms a much-needed laugh, which, in turn, releases the endorphins, which helps stress, which, of course, makes you less depressed. Thanks, Joan!

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