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Sweetie... Squeeze Your Cheeks!: You Don't Know How to Be a Mom (And That's OK, Neither Did I)

Updated: Oct 27, 2023

5 Star Review

Reviewed by Lynda

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From Potty Training to Prom: Sweetie...Squeeze Your Cheeks! You Don't Know How to Be a Mom (And That's OK, Neither Did I) by Jennifer Tiras offers a refreshing and relatable take on the rollercoaster ride of parenthood. The book opens with an amusing anecdote about the author's quick thinking during a precarious moment with her newly potty-trained toddler, setting the tone for a candid and humorous exploration of family life.

Jennifer Tiras, armed with a degree in Early Childhood Development, seamlessly blends academic knowledge with real-world experiences. Her practical approach to addressing common parenting challenges is a breath of fresh air for any overwhelmed caregiver. Whether it's sleep training for infants or navigating the daunting world of potty training, Jennifer Tiras provides clear, step-by-step guidance that empowers parents to take control of these crucial milestones.

One of the book's standout features is Jennifer’s Tiras' unflinching honesty about the unexpected twists and turns of motherhood. She candidly shares her own journey, from the naivety of her early years to the wisdom gained through the trials and triumphs of raising children. This authenticity creates a powerful connection with the reader, reminding them that they are not alone in their struggles.

Moreover, Jennifer Tiras addresses the more complex and sensitive topics that arise as children grow, such as discussing sex, financial independence, and maintaining a close relationship with maturing adolescents. Her insights are both heartfelt and practical, offering invaluable advice on maintaining open communication and fostering a strong parent-child bond.

The narrative's strength lies in its ability to blend truth and emotion seamlessly. Jennifer Tiras's storytelling is not only informative but also deeply engaging, leaving readers eagerly anticipating the next chapter. Her anecdotes provide a window into the challenges and joys of motherhood, making the book a relatable read for parents at any stage of their journey.

Sweetie...Squeeze Your Cheeks! You Don't Know How to Be a Mom (And That's OK, Neither Did I) is a testament to the fact that while motherhood may not come with a manual, it does come with a mother. Jennifer Tiras' book is a must-read for parents seeking guidance, reassurance, and a hearty dose of laughter along the way. Her invaluable insights and relatable storytelling make this book a valuable addition to any parent's library

About the Author

Jennifer Tiras

Jennifer Tiras graduated from the University of Houston in 1994, magna cum laude, with a degree in Early Childhood Development. With a good grasp on “how to handle children” she eagerly embraced motherhood … and quickly learned an eye-opening life truth: Nothing could have fully prepared her to be a mom! Nevertheless, she blended her educational knowledge with her heart for children and developed tips and strategies for every stage of motherhood!


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