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Instant Mom

Instant Mom

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by Nia Vardalos

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In Instant Mom, Nia Vardalos, writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, tells her hilarious and poignant road-to-parenting story that eventually leads to her daughter and prompts her to become a major advocate for adoption.
Moments after Nia Vardalos finds out she has been nominated for an Oscar for the screenplay for My Big Fat

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Instant Mom 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
sneps More than 1 year ago
Instant Mom...Instant Love! If you are a mom of a foster child, have ever contemplated adoption, or have friends that have adopted, then YOU need to read this book!! If you are a mom, want to be a mom, are a woman…then you will want to read this book, too! This book is hilarious, and is filled with moments where you will cry, and you will be highlighting and taking notes, and wanting to try some of the zany things she does for her daughter. Nia adopted her little girl at 3 years old and brings up great points: how can we love an abused and abandoned animal that we adopt, but feel that a child is less of value and is damaged goods??? Granted, not every person is called to adopt, but every child deserves a forever home. Nia shares her journey with unsuccessful fertility treatments and how emotionally overwhelming it all was. After so many years of trying to have a biological child, she decided to venture into the world of adoption. She chronicles her journey of looking at the various types of adoption: international, private, and foster care adoption. She gives a staggering number of children available in the U.S., who are available for adoption and who are in foster homes waiting for their forever homes. Nia describes the bonding process, developing attachment with her little girl, and describes the way she and her husband became a family the day her daughter entered their lives. I loved some of the funny moments Nia shares, too!! I also loved that she shared her personal experiences with creating a bedtime ritual, having family time when out and about the community (paparazzi stories), and adjusting to preschool. Nia creates this funny game to develop bonding (baking, anyone?), and just their crazy, fun way of playing at home. I also loved the story Nia tells her daughter about how she prayed and wanted a little girl and how they became a family. I love the very easy, simple to use ideas that she did and shares with her readers, and I love the resources she gives at the end of the book. Overall, this was an excellent read and I hope that Nia will consider writing more!!----Books in the Burbs
Alisonpv More than 1 year ago
We met Nia at the Framingham Mass. Barnes & Noble book signing a few days ago.  She was a delight to talk to!  I haven't ever been to a signing, (and certainly never a signing where the author is also a movie star!)   I was petrified to ask her about my concerns.  But,  She was so kind, and so funny, and very down to earth.. she took the time to answer our questions. I started the book on that Friday night, and finished it on Sunday.   It was such a great quick read!  It was informative, but also hilarious!  It reads like part funny story at a party, and part adoption guide.  In the back of the book she has a whole chapter on Adoption Q&A,  a TON of great information there. Thank you so much Nia for writing this book, and for getting your BIG FAT MOUTH out there!   We are at the very beginning stages of the adoption process, and this book took a lot of "THE EDGE" (nail biting anxiety!)  off! -Alison Smith 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So glad this little girl found such a loving home
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MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
Instant Mom is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
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Jade1213 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed a lot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I need people to be friends of Lidia when she gets to hogwarts. Please go to gouhl and read my post there and do what it says. Alsi the next part will be at harry potter res seven. Thanks! I smiled because I liked the name Tiger but it didn't seem to fit the tawny owl. So instead of saying that outloud I just nodded and payed with some of the wierd looking coins and left with the two professors. I extremely happy to leave this place because it was very scary! I was so happy to see my mom and hugged her. I didn't care if I looked like a fool infront of the four proffesors. I just felt glad to be back. "So can we get in?" Professor Heartmouth asked. I nod and stepped to the side and let them in first and then me with me two pets. When we got home I excitedly poured out the whole story to Abby and Hannah (who just got home from her friend's house). Hannah sighed and said,"You are sooo immature for your age." With that sunny attitude sge turned on her heel and stalked off to her bedroom. Abby sighed and turned to look at me,"Hannah is such a meanie." I had never and my whole life heard my nine year old sister (10 on September 5th) say anything so true. I nodded in agreement then I got up and said,"Well I guess I can be pretty immature at times." "No you arn't!" Abby squealed. "Thanks,"I say knowing Abby was just saying that because we're sisters. Tomorrow was my sister's birthday which means disaster day but in other words it means Hannah gets whatever she wants an we're her sevants. I decide to go to my bedroom and read a book or maybe I can sneak out my little broken clock and turn it into a tiny spear which I did when I was little. I smile at the thought of it and sped up the stairs to my bed. I changed into a plain navy blue tanktop and jenggins. I open up my purse and took out the clock. I touched it and it swirled into the air and then kanded with no sound on my palm. In the clock's place was a tiny spear. Razor leapt up beside me and sniffed it but as soon as his nose touched it, he backed away. I smile and say,"Are you big black cat afraid of a tiny clock?" I then put the spear down on my nightstand and picked up Razor and hugged him. The soft fer tickled my face. I kissed him on the head and let go and ge scampered off. I smile then look out the window. The sky was dark and you could just see the thin gray clouds move. I try to make shapes out of them. I see a truck that looked as if a giant head was sticking out. I laughed and fell off my bed! I then scrambled back up and looked out the window again. There was a cloud the shape of a winged horse. Very disturbing. I sigh and think I'm hallusinating and lay down in my bed. Again, the disturbing thought about who was my biolodgical father raced into my mind. I try to push it away like I usually do but the thought sat there like a hen roosting. I closed my eyes hoping that will gelp but it doesn't. I hear the door open and I open my eyes to see Abby. "We're watching a movie and we would like you to join us!"She exclaims. I nodded a sure then slid off my bed and took a look at the window. Was the winged horse coming closer or was that just my imagination. I shrug off the thought and went downstairs with my sister. Tonight, it seemed as if all my worties were crawling back into my brain. Somehow, i knew it was going to be a restless night.