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Parents who are fed up with the pressure to turn their children into star athletes, concert violinists, and merit scholars-all at once!-finally have an alternative: the world of Slacker Moms, where kids learn to do things for themselves and parents can cut themselves some slack; where it's perfectly all right to do less, have less, and spend less. Slacker moms say "No" to parenting philosophies that undermine parents'-and children's-ability to think for themselves. They say "Yes" to saving their money and time by opting out of the parenting competition. And they say "Hell, Yes!" to having a life of their own, knowing it makes them better parents.In this witty and insightful book, author Muffy Mead-Ferro reflects on her experience of growing up on a ranch in Wyoming, where parenting-by necessity-was more hands-off, people "made do" with what they had, and common sense and generational wisdom prevailed. We should all take her sane lead!
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Editorial Reviews

Fort Meyers News-Press
This quick, entertaining read...provides welcome validation for the feet-on-the-couch mom many of us long to be.
On-the-Town September 2005
"[Mead-Ferro's] no-nonsense way of life encourages..A+"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738209944
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 3/26/2004
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Muffy Mead-Ferro was born into a fourth generation cattle ranching family that has been raising Herefords in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, since the turn of the century. She traded her tractor for a typewriter and has been an advertising copywriter and creative director ever since. She and her husband Michael, along with kids Belle and Joe, live in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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I considered the strains of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21, which I wasn't piping into my womb. 'My mom never did that,' I thought to myself, 'and I was always pretty good at math.' When it occurred to me that Einstein's mom didn't do it either, I went right ahead and crossed that off my list of things to feel guilty about. -Confessions of a Slacker Mom
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Table of Contents

Good-bye, herd 1
Toys aren't us 17
Just dip the whole thing in bronze 35
The world isn't childproof 51
There goes Harvard 69
A bathroom of one's own 85
Don't make me mad 99
Now all you need is a village 115
Has anyone seen my instinct? 129
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  • Posted March 3, 2010

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    Funny

    Offers some much needed comic relief for moms.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2008

    LOVED IT!!

    Like another reviewer said, 'finally, someone gets it!!' I believe the reviewers who rated this low just don't get it either!! You have to have a good sense of humor 'one big enough to get over yourself' and a big dose or two of suburban-do-everything-mom objectivity, common sense 'not just intellect', emotional smarts, and a side of feisty non-conformism to truly appreciate this book - and to 'GET' the author's points. She is hilarious!! My girlfriends and I have passed this book around & for fun, even made notes to one another in the margins, like 'o-my gosh this is YOU!' The other thing is, the author is not really a slacker - when it comes to what matters MOST!! Hence, the irony of her title and the full message of what she is trying to truly convey! Society has written a template die cast of job descriptions, agendas and prototypes for moms & their children to follow that is often insane!! We jump on the bandwagon like everybody else 'God forbid we question it, much less rebel against it and look like a slacker'. The point of the book is, we have allowed trends and media, etc. to dictate how we parent to such an insane degree that we've lost sight of what's really important for our kids. Instead of being a mouse on an endless wheel, we need to stop the madness, quit measuring ourselves up to everybody else, and listen to our instincts and hearts. And if you do, you'll run the risk of looking like a real slacker to your neighbors & friends - imagine that. This book is not only funny, it's brave!! I want to raise a child who thinks for themselves, not one that simply follows the trends of their peers. In order to do that, then maybe I need to PARENT like that!! What a novel idea!! Go Muffy!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2006

    A Bevy of Contradictions

    This how-not-to parent book by an advertising copy writer left me cold. Muffy's basic premise that parents should ignore all the current parenting advice loaded into books, magazines, and web-sites is contradicted by her writing this parent advice book. She's an advertising copywriter warning readers not to be hoodwinked--by advertisements--into buying unnecessary baby equipment and toys. She admits to being more interested and involved in her work than in her family. Her slacker approach to parenting appears to be an attempt to reconcile herself to her own childhood, her parent's divorce, and her mother's death. She may be fooling herself, but she's not going to fool any thoughtful reader. Readers would have been much better served by an honest, searching memoir of her mother.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2005

    How Refreshing!

    Finally someone who 'Gets it'! Motherhood has become such a competition theses days with playdates, birthday parties, schools and the like. This isn't a 'how to' and should definitely not be read as such. However if you're one of those anal retentive control freak soccer mommies hopefully this will bring you some enlightenment. Let kids be kids and stop 'engineering' your child prodigy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2005

    Society mom gives common sense advice

    I admit I could really identify with this book and really enjoyed it. Until I got to the part where the author goes on vacation for 2 weeks without her very small children. The author finds it acceptable to allow daycares, nannies and babysitters to raise her kids, giving the excuse that her daughter knows more Spanish than she does, and her kids are fonder of spicy food than their peers, and know how to use chop sticks. I guess she really is a Slacker Mom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2004

    Funny but too much slacking

    A strange book to make valid points while fading in and out of her own childhood. Muffy, the author, comes off as more of a lazy person than a concerned parent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2004

    Slightly Off

    The book is slightly off in humor which I love. There are points to be made and points that one must find. It's not really parenting per say, but more amusing in how her mom raised her. Some things should be taken with a grain of salt. I would recommend another book that does offer a better mapped out plan on parenting, called Mommy CEO, by Jodie Lynn. I think together they make a delightful pair.

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