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Let's Panic: The Book!

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How to Endure and Possibly Triumph Over the Adorable Tyrant
who Will Ruin Your Body, Destroy Your Life, Liquefy Your Brain,
and Finally Turn You
into a Worthwhile
Human Being.

Written by Alice Bradley and Eden Kennedy

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At LET'S PANIC ABOUT BABIES, Eden Kennedy and I share our hard-won wisdom and tell you exactly what to think and feel and do, whether you're about to have a baby or already did and don't know what to do with it. → 

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Competitive parenting

Want to see my September column in Redbook? Say no more.

When it comes to parenting — and most everything else — I'm cursed with both a competitive streak and terminal laziness. I deeply want to excel, but I'd rather not work at it. I'd prefer that my natural skills and charm catapult me to the top. That competitive mind-set kicked into high gear when I got pregnant. I compared myself with every pregnant woman I could find. I found it difficult, however, to figure out if I was ahead. How do you measure pregnancy success? Degree of rosy glow? Lowest number of stretch marks? To the extent that I could quantify my superiority, I found that instead of winning, I seemed to not even be placing. I spied a beaming pregnant woman in the bookstore, and she didn't have any lunch-related stains on her shirt. While taking a waddling stroll, I spotted a woman with what appeared to be a third trimester belly, and she was jogging. Jogging!

The rest is here.

This is my last column for Redbook. There's a new editor-in-chief, you see, and she's shaking things up. That's what she's there to do! If you have any opinion on that, there's a comment section over there. Is all I'm saying.

Updated to add: Whoa, readers of mine! Although my column is ending, I'll still be working with Redbook in the future, and I happen to be quite fond of my editors there. I appreciate the supportive comments on their site, but there's no need to threaten or abuse them. Also, remind me to stay in your good graces. Phew.

Reader Comments (30)

I've been dying to know what happened with former editor Stacy ever since she just disappeared, oh so suddenly, from Redbook last spring! No warning! No talking about it beforehand! Was she fired? Was it because of her book? I LOVED her book and really, really liked her as editor. So this anecdote about your column being cancelled feels like just one more mystery. (But if you have any inside info on Stacy, even just that she's doing awesome somewhere else, that would be nice.)
September 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShannon
I think they will run the piece..they are just making ya sweat it out ya know...

Don't worry we are behind you!

If you ever want more exposure we could post a story to on our blog..just let me know!
September 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbaby

Your honesty is refreshing. If everyone could be so honest about their shortcomings. I think it would take some nastiness out of competitive parenting. We all need to look in the mirror.

My wife always read Redbook and now and then I would pick it up too. As for competitive parenting she was at top. That was funny competing in pregnancy. I was like that until my back went out but I am at it again after visiting Sciatica Solutions

May 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

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