By Jordan Reid
(Running Press, $19)
Reviewed by Molly Ford
One of the biggest changes that can happen to family is the arrival of a child. Jordan Reid, the popular writer and Internet star, shares tips, tricks and hints for navigating this change in her new book.
“Ramshackle Glam: The New Mom’s Haphazard Guide to (Almost) Having It All” reads like a long email from a helpful older sister: It feels friendly yet thoughtful. Stories from Reid’s background, ranging from being a Harvard University student to an actress in Los Angeles, keep the book interesting and engaging.
The major take-away from the book, besides a confidence that motherhood and the person you were before motherhood are overlapping circles on a Venn Diagram, are Reid’s hints on a wide variety of situations. Tangible enough to be useful but smart enough to be helpful, her hints range from how to find your ideal shape in clothes (“Pretend you’re meeting up with a friend who you haven’t seen in a long time … what would you wear? That’s your ‘happy place’ silhouette.”) to how take a toddler to a restaurant (“request a speedy delivery of a bread basket”).
The book covers the changes within a family from pregnancy through toddler-hood, with an emphasis on being able to still feel like yourself while caring for someone else. Some of the myriad of lifestyle tips Reid touches on include: a nursery to match the overall design of your house; stylish outfits to wear while taking care of a baby; how to reconfigure date night with a little one; and shortcuts to throwing a kid-friendly, adult-happy party.
If you want to know how to stay true to yourself while caring for your new addition, this is your read.
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