Work Title: Chaos 2 Calm: The Moms-of-Multiples' Guide To An Organized Family
Work Author(s): Tonia Tomlin
Sorted Out Publishing
Softcover w/CD-ROM $17.95 (200pp)
Family & Relationships
Reviewer: Naomi Millan
"Parenting singletons is not for the faint of heart. However, parenting multiples is much like being a superhero," the author writes. And the superhero parent of multiples draws his or her strength from meticulous preparation and organization. Of course, not many are born with such powers, so Tomlin sets out, often in minute detail, some of the steps to take.
Divided into eleven chapters, the book covers a significant range, touching on establishing a realistic budget, solidifying family values, proper etiquette for baby showers, and bringing the babies home. Supported by organizational spreadsheets, which are also included on the accompanying CD, the brief chapters are arranged by topics such as making bed rest productive and finding a nanny. A few specialty chapters highlight guest expert authors on topics such as baby-proofing the home or raising an eco-baby.
The strength of this offering is the wealth of insider tips and Web links which accompany each topic. For example, Tomlin offers a long list of companies that parents of multiples can write to for freebies. These range from the practical, such as free formula samples, to the quirky, such as writing to the White House for a personalized...