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If you need help understanding how your sweet, adorable baby turned into a baffling, independent creature who begins every sentence with “no,” then this book is for you. From the best-selling Girlfriend series comes this hysterical guide to surviving the toddler years. With the same irreverent style familiar from her other books, Iovine and her girlfriends will help you uncover the mysteries of toddlerhood with helpful advice on topics such as who decides when it's time to potty train, how to say “no” and act like you mean it, and how to disguise vegetables. Iovine's appealingly frank style has become a voice of reason for many new moms. It's hard to resist an author who starts her book with, “Frankly, toddlers frighten me.”

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5.0

Need a good laugh?

By Mommy to a toddler!

from Chicago, IL

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I enjoy all of Vicki's books!! Being a mommy is hard work and sometimes very frustrating - it's always nice to have some humor to lighten up the day! It's a book that feels like you are talking to one of your girlfriends and they are telling you like it is.

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4.0

A good laugh

By Catherine, mother of a 9-month-old

from Phoenix, AZ

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I really enjoyed the book. I have more "serious" books on babies and toddlers, and this is not intended as a replacement for those. It's a lighthearted, humorous look at what can and/or will happen during your child's toddler years. Iovine should know what it's like since she has four children of her own!

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2.0

Oh Please

By Penni, soon to be mother of 2

from Eastern Iowa

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Let's establish first, that once a fan of the "Girlfrineds Guide to Pregnancy" I since realized that that book was a disservice. I have reviewed this book, and think there are SO much better, that I would suggest just about ANYTHING else. These books are the "pretty girls guide to pregnancy and childrearing-full makeup". Hardly reinforced as evidence based, compassionate, or anything else of use. I ESPECIALLY suggest "Your Baby and Child: From Birth to age 5" by Penelope Leach. Leave this on the shelf. The only thing I can say is this is a "lighthearted" veiw of the "stresses" of toddlerhood. Not a book for the Dr. Sears fan.

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5.0

Lighten Up

By Tricia, personal assistant (mom) to a 2 year old

from Franklin, TN

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I love all of Vicki's books. I laughed so hard reading the first one that my husband came to check on me and see if Eddie Murphy was in the room giving a private stand up act, his words, not mine. Of course, he wouldn't understand the humor that sent me over the edge. As mothers, we read the serious "manuals" on birth and raising children, which can weigh you down at times. This is the much needed lift and comedic comraderie that let's us know that laughing is the best medicine for sleepless nights and never getting out of the house without your child leaving their brand on you. As for the reader who actually thought this was a book of about serious advice, lighten up. We all know which books to read for advice and which to when we take life as a mom too seriously. This book is an open, honest testimonial illustrating the pitfalls of raising children with a comedic twist. You are a much better mom when you can laugh WITH your children than make them cringe every time something goes wrong, which is often! This book allows you to laugh and know these things happen to everyone, which what we all need. Buy it and kick back and enjoy the secrets only we girls/moms can laugh at!

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5.0

so funny

By Monica, mom of 2

from Bay Area, Ca

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I have read all of the Girlfriends Guide books, they are so funny, and to the point of how us normal mommies feel. I would read them all over again.

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5.0

We all need to laugh

By Mommy of one and one on the way

from New Jersey

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As a ardent supporter of Vicki's guide to pregnancy, I fully support this new book. She's a gifted writer who manages to gather women together simply by calling attention to those silly, embarrassing, and mostly totally touching moments with our children. And, what's wrong with trying to encourage women to maintain their appearance? We all need a little self esteem boost! Buy the book and see for yourself.

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5.0

Hits the nail on the head!!!

By Monica, mother of 2 wild ones

from Tallahassee, FL

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I LOVE all of Vicki's books. She gives it to you straight from her experiences with her children or those of her "Girlfriends" which is what I like. I like to know I am not the only one that has a toddler who refuses to get dressed or whatever crazy things my children throw at me. My husband can always tell when I am reading my "Girlfriends" book because he hears nothing but laughter. Even he laughs when I read him certain paragraphs from the book. I HIGHLY recommend this and all her books to anyone!

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5.0

Great Stuff

By Christy, mother of a 2yr old and 4yr old

from Kitchener, Ontario

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I have enjoyed reading her books - they lighten up some very trying days of dealing with a toddler. I love my child with all my heart but there are some days that I wonder how to make things stop - this book certainly made me realize I'm not alone in this wonderful journey of childhood!!

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5.0

Get ready to laugh

By Jeannie, soon to be mother of 3

from Georgia

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Anything this woman writes is a must-have for moms, new and "experienced" alike. I am pregnant with my third child, and have found her books to be both funny and comforting. She writes the way we only talk to our best friends. If you are the type that only wants serious advice and has no time in her life for laughter, don't buy it. But don't have children either.

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5.0

Life should be fun...

By Marie, Emily's mom, waiting for #2

from Ottawa, Canada

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I think Iovine does a wonderful job at reminding us that life--including pregnancy, childbirth and childrearing--is supposed to be fun. Not meant to be an instructional how-to, she looks at the lighter side of things, and often gets right to the heart of the matter, understanding how frustrating and scary it can be to be pregnant or a new mom. Keep your sense of humour--these books will certainly help!

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5.0

Buy This!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

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I wish I bought her first book when I was pregnant!I laughed my butt off while reading this! It's such a lighthearted comedic edge on child rearing and it was just what I needed after reading at least 10 of the statistically correct not to mention painfully serious, other books out there. It's just like talking o a girlfriend.

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5.0

This book will make you smile!

By Kerry

from CT

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I love all of Vicky Iovine's Girlfriends Guides and would reccomend them for every mom. This book is like having a conversation with your closest Mom girlfriend.

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