Why did I take so long to read this book? What was the matter with me? When will I ever learn?
Okay, enough with the whining! January Jones' book discusses the eleventh commandment, one that is heavily enforced in the Peterson household: "Thou Shalt Not Whine". And is she ever on the money!
Calling herself the original whine-tester, January discusses whines of all types and for all reasons. Sections devoted to everyone from children to teenagers to boomers and more, each including the Top Ten Whines and how to counteract them.
Some of January's advice is obviously humor-laced and tongue in cheek, which I LOVE! This author's sense of humor is right up my alley! But she also shares some good tid-bits to store away for a whiny day (HA! Made that up myself--January, you're rubbing off on me!).
I think my favorite portion of the book would have to be the quotes. Each whine opens with a quote, and January includes a boatload of quotations in the back of her book. Some made me laugh; some made me think--and even a few made me grimace in "ooh, that's me" style.
An original by January herself really tickled me: There's only one way to raise kids. Unfortunately, no one knows what it is. And one more: "It's hard to decide whether growing pains are something teenagers have, or are."
See what I mean? I LOVE THIS WOMAN!
Something else to love about January's book is her interactive style. You can visit her website and submit your OWN whining data. Share a story with January and you might even see it in print one day.
Kind of like Chicken Soup for the Whiner's Soul ("It's too hot! Not enough noodles!" LOL!). This book is a favorite of mine and is going on the keeper shelf...not many books make it to that shelf.
I'm giving "Thou Shalt Not Whine" the Golden Bookmark for writing and humor excellence, with a bunch of golden grapes as a charm...can't get any "whine" out of those grapes...they're golden.
And no whining about that!
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Saturday, January 17, 2009
Authored by Deena Peterson at 4:12 PM