Motherhood as the End of Adventure?
Why Having a Baby is Just the Beginning.
My husband leans over from the passenger side, seatbelt pulling taut as he cranes his neck to get a better look at the speedometer. With a disbelieving shake of his head, he admits defeat; I’ve beaten him with lead foot to pedal, topping out at 122 MPH on this foggy stretch of German autobahn. We pull over at the next inn to toast my victory over a stein of pilsner (for him) and a glass of water (for me). At six months pregnant, I’d come to terms with missing out on German beer — in Germany, during Oktoberfest — but I certainly wasn’t going to let pregnancy stop me from seizing the chance to cross BOTH “driving on autobahn” and “beating husband at own game” off the bucket list. Soon I’d have a baby and my days of wild rides would be over forever…
Read the rest of this article at Babble.
Style Books for the Pickiest Personalities in Your Life
Just a week until Christmas and you’re plumb out of gift ideas for some of the tough customers in your life? Consider something deeply retro: a book.
Publishers flood the market each fall with style books to suit virtually every personality category in Freud’s notebooks. One reason: The end of the year often brings people both extra time to read and a sudden inspiration to better themselves in the new year…
The Young Mother
Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman), by Jaime Morrison Curtis.
The crafts editor at PrudentBaby.com, Ms. Curtis wrote this book for her own daughter, Scarlet Jane, who is still a tot herself. One might ask if a newbie mother should be giving the rest of us advice, but Ms. Curtis manages to include plenty of tough, honest wisdom, such as, “Sometimes it’s just not about you,” and “Not everyone is going to like you, and that’s just fine…”
Read the rest of this article at The Wall Street Journal online and the December 16th print edition.
Shelf Awareness – Gift Books: Prudent Advice
Andrews McMeel has published a winning book by Jaime Morrison Curtis: Prudent Advice. Curtis has a baby daughter and started compiling advice for her, which turned into “a life list for every woman.” It’s a hardcover, and at $12.99 and 200 pages, it’s tough to beat as a gift suggestion. Of course, the content has to be good, and is it ever…Curtis expands on most of her advice (on appreciating the weather, she says, “It is one of the few uncontrolled experiences of nature you will have if you live in the city.”) with wisdom, wit and love.
Read the rest of this article at Shelf Awareness.
Slate: Books for the Kids Still on Your List
Slip mom a copy of Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman), which offers snippets of the kind of practical wisdom that anyone would like to have around the house…
Read the rest of this article at Slate.
Daily Candy: Advice Worth Taking
…its latest incarnation, as a perfectly packaged little Tiffany blue book, gives Curtis’s motherly pearls of wisdom new life. With a mix of practical information (while washing nice dishes and glasses, put a towel in the sink), thought-starters (if you test people, they may fail), and simple suggestions (order the local specialty), each of the 500 nuggets are reminders about the type of women we strive to be and the type of women we want to raise.
Our advice: Get one for yourself and one for a little lady you love.
The Dallas Morning News: Fashion Flash
…Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman). The book lists 500 tidbits of advice from mother to daughter from traditional (“always send a thank-you note”) to meaningful (“you are the wellspring of your own hope”) to insightful (“always order the local specialty”).
Pregnancy Magazine: Read it!
This book of insightful observations, originally compiled by author Jaime Morrison Curtis for her baby girl, will positively inspire your parenting.
Read the rest of this article in the November issue of Pregnancy Magazine.
OhDeeDoh: 500 Pieces of Prudent Advice
Jaime Morrison Curtis knows two things about you: 1) you may not have time to sit and read like you used to and 2) it will do you a lot of good to slow down once in a while and reflect on this whole parent thing. In Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman) Jaime shares tips, lessons and advice she wants to pass on to her own daughter and the book prompts every parent (of a daughter or son) to ponder the same.
The 500 pieces of advice range from simple, sage sentences to longer anecdotes infused with humor and heart. If it’s been too long since you read a book from start to finish, this one is perfect for dipping into whenever you have a spare moment, especially in moments of parental doubt.
Barnes & Noble: Prudent Advice: Use Commas Wisely
Prudent Advice for My Baby Daughter is the fruit of author Jaime Morrison Curtis’s late night musings on what she would want her young daughter to know. It’s filled with smart, practical advice, emphasizes ethics and kindness, and reminds all of us to see the beauty in life inside as well as out. I just love this little blue book, and what brings me even more delight is its usefulness as a grammar exemplar!
Look at #134: “You should want to be with someone who wants to be with you,” and #135: “When you drop someone at home, wait until he or she gets inside before driving away.” What lovely examples of how to use a comma with an introductory adverb clause (“when”) and with a restrictive relative clause (“who wants to be with you”).
Babble: Advice from a Mom to her Daughter
When I found out I was having a baby girl I was terrified — would I be capable of raising an independent, thoughtful, strong woman? I started to gather my thoughts and those of my mother, grandmothers, and women around the world in an effort to arm her with an updated take on age-old wisdom. Of all the advice, so much comes back to three core principles: be ethical, be kind, and think for yourself. Here are some of my favorites.
Home by Sunset: Prudent Advice
Whether you’re a mother or a daughter (or even a father or son), you’ll be touched by Jaime Morrison’s lovely 500 Pieces of Prudent Advice for My Baby Daughter. The site’s not jam-packed with cutesy anecdotes or images of Morrison’s kid; it aims for greater universality than that, and embraces important qualities like curiosity, wonder, adventurousness, and empathy. Any mom can tell you to mind your Ps&Qs. Few would urge you to grow your own food, dress appropriately for work, and refer you to the poems of Frank O’Hara. It inspires me to continue to record in words and pictures more of my own daughter’s comings and goings…I’m sure it will do the same for you.
Daily Candy: Let’s Hear it for the Moms!
In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re setting you up with a fresh batch — of mom bloggers, not muffins.
What It’s About: Curtis channeled her initial postpartum anxiety (damn hormones) into a collection of poetry, art, and wisdom for her now 2-year-old daughter, Scarlet. She also gets crafty on her other blog, Prudent Baby.
Why You’ll Heart It: It’s wise advice you’ll take to heart no matter your age. Preorder her upcoming book for a little “you” love.
OhDeeDoh: 500 Pieces of Prudent Advice
Ever since Jaime Morrison Curtis’ daughter was born, she’s been keeping a blog cataloging all the advice she wants to make sure she has under her belt before going out into the world. There’s also modern art and poetry, plus submissions sent in from readers around the world. Some of them made us laugh out loud and others had us remembering to heed such advice in our own lives…
500 Pieces of Prudent Advice is Jaime’s blog that holds all the wonderful ideas and thoughts for her daughter. We’re curious if we were able to read 500 pieces of advice from our own mother early on if we could have made a few less mistakes and been ok with a few more feelings or situations. What advice would you add to her already long list of wise words?
Elle Spain: 8 listas, 1 comunidad y 500 consejos
Mi último descubrimiento también va de listas: “500 consejos prudentes para mi hija”, un blog que consiste exactamente en eso: en dar consejos. Hay algunos prácticos:
Lávate la cara dos veces al día o el 68: Lávate el pelo cada dos días, para que no se estropee.
Otros que seguro que has oído a tu madre: Llama si vas a llegar tarde. Pero intenta ser puntual.
Design Sponge: Palm Springs Guide
Today’s city guide is devoted to sunny Palm Springs, California- which seems lightyears away from grey brooklyn today. Jaime Curtis of Prudent Baby created this fantastic guide to eating, shopping, site-seeing and staying in this fun desert city. Jaime grew up playing tennis and golf with her mother at their Palm Springs condo and now works in Palm Springs for both her day job and upcoming book. She created a wonderful list of things to do and places to see in town so I hope you’ll enjoy her guide as much as I did.
Examiner: Do It All Mamas & Papas
In today’s Do It All Mamas (& Papas) the spotlight is on Jaime Morrison Curtis, author of Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman) and PrudentAdvice.com, and mom to two year old Scarlet.
Examiner: What is the number one piece of advice you have for other parents?
Jaime: This is one area in which I actually don’t have any advice. We’re all just muddling through. The thing I find myself most often wanting to say to the parents I know is this: You’re doing just fine.
Read the rest of this article at Examiner.
Prudent Advice: What’s the Best You’ve Gotten?
Prudent Advice is the new book based on the popular website Prudent Advice for My Baby Daughter. This collection of wisdom isn’t what your mother taught you–it’s more.
Decor8: Ish & Chi My Favorite Things
Favourite advice I’ve heard: This advice is from a blog I’m loving at the moment – 500 Pieces of Prudent Advice for My Baby Daughter: “Get messy. Some of the most joyous things in life can be grimy, sloppy, dirty mayhem.” I couldn’t agree more. The other day I tipped my son’s leftover food onto his highchair tray and we ‘painted’ with it. Food went everywhere but it was a lot fun.
Soul Pancake: What’s Your Most Prudent Advice?”
“I love getting unsolicited advice,” says writer Jaime Morrison Curtis. She also loves giving it—Curtis is the woman behind Prudent Advice for my Baby Daughter, a blog offering 500 nuggets of wisdom and advice for her little girl. Prudent advice, mind you. And as I also love getting unsolicited advice (and wanted a piece of hers), I had to talk to her.
Christmas Blog Tour Day 21
Jaime´s blog will be published next fall (congrats!!!) and here are some advice, that will be in the book. We both thought they fit perfectly around Christmas.
#395: You don’t have as much time as you think.
Pint Size Social Show & Tell
When Jaime Morrison Curtis had a baby girl a little over a year ago, she saw fit to create a collection of lessons of questionable importance that she would share with her daughter when she grew up. The lucky part for us? She is sharing it with the world. Enjoy. It is magical.
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