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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2008

    Like being beaten to death with a sledgehammer

    I essentially agree with Dr. Laura's stance on child-rearing and parenting. But, unfortunately, in this book she is so hellbent on making her point that she regularly cites blatantly bias sources that completely undermine any chances of winning over 'non-believers'. (Too bad--she has so many good and legitimate references here as well.) And then there's the length! All Schlessinger does for 10+ hours is whine and harang and harang and harang and harang and harang. Would've been nice if she'd taken some time to offer up some solutions. Dr. Laura's written some great books, but have the aspirin--and a stiff drink--handy if you're gonna listen to this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2001

    shoot from the hip lady

    Quotes and notes from too many other sources make up this book and takes up way too much of my time. Little time that I have to read, I'd rather feel ok about parenting and less about who's right and where the source came from. Way too dry and repeated phrases she first tells us not to do than a few pages further down - tells us to do it. Come on Laura, can't you just speak for yourself and step down off of your mountain? Who cares when you share why you think you walk while others balk? How about finding a new way to present good basic ideas without putting everyone in the same boat but only you having a life preserver.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2000

    This book is worth reading

    If you listen to Dr.Laura's radio show then you know how she feels about raising children being your number one priority, and how daycare is detrimental.She is not just giving off her opinion in this book, she is backing up her feelings and beliefs with references and factual data, including reputable studies.Her top priority in the book is children and doing right by them and explaining that being their primary caregiver is the best way to do that.I enjoyed the book and thought she explained things in such a way that someone who may differ in opinion would not be offended by it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2000

    Writing by Proxy

    I wondered how Dr. Laura would be able to write an entire book on this subject and, quite honestly, she doesn't She has a lot of help from other media sources as page after page is supplemented with quotes, studies and excerpts from articles. It is tough to get through but when she does get to her own writing, beliefs and principles, she's at her best. I recommend it because I believe in her message.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2000

    Vintage Dr. Laura...

    If you listen to Dr. Laura regularly on her radio show, you already know what she is going to write in this book. But, it is interesting how she demonstrates how little support there is out there for stay-at-home parents and the family in general in our society. Basically this book is a bunch of quotes that make the pungent point over and over again that we need to put our kids before everything else. Something that I many people in our 'me-first' society seem to have forgotten. Would be a great baby shower gift (if you have the guts!)...

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