Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Book review: Enjoy the Ride

Enjoy the Ride is the second wonderful book written by Suzy Martyn that I've had the opportunity to read.  And I love it as much as I loved Sleep Tight. This book is similar in size to Sleep Tight and it's just as short and to the point.  I really appreciate this- I have two small kids and virtually no free time, so I need concise!

Enjoy the Ride is subtitled "Tools, tips and inspiration for the most common parenting challenges."  Like the sleep book, it's wonderfully organized with clearly labeled parts and chapters, broken down by age and specific issue.  There are chapters on every subject ranging from preparing for baby to breastfeeding to speech development to potty training to sibling relationships to handing friendships and anger and finances.  I did read through the entire book last week, but when I started potty training this week, I loved that I was able to quickly go back to the section on potty training and read just what I needed for today without getting bogged down by everything else.

The back of the book includes resources such as a baby registry checklist, an infant feeding log, information on introducing solids, mealtime manners and a behavior chart.  After that there is a list of books and resources to go to for further help and a handy index for quickly finding the information you need.

So many parenting books have such an enormous amount of information that they are overwhelming. I think this book is helpful and easy-to-use and not at all scary.  I highly recommend it as a must-have if you're a parent and as a wonderful gift for the parent-to-be in your life.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself, but was not compensated in any other way and was under no obligation to publish a positive review.  All opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.