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More Love, Less Panic: 7 Lessons I Learned About Life, Love, and Parenting After We Adopted Our Son from Ethiopia

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In this heartwarming and hilarious memoir, Claude Knobler describes how he learned the hard way that the apple actually can fall far from the tree—and that’s Okay. Already the biological parents of a seven-year-old son and a five-year-old daughter, Claude Knobler and his wife decided to adopt Nati, a five-year-old Ethiopian boy who seemed different from

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In this heartwarming and hilarious memoir, Claude Knobler describes how he learned the hard way that the apple actually can fall far from the tree—and that’s Okay.

Already the biological parents of a seven-year-old son and a five-year-old daughter, Claude Knobler and his wife decided to adopt Nati, a five-year-old Ethiopian boy who seemed different from Knobler in every conceivable way. After more than five years spent trying to turn his wild, silly, adopted African son into a quiet, neurotic, Jewish guy like himself, Knobler realized the importance of having the courage to love, accept, and let go of his children.

In this wonderfully written memoir, Knobler explains how his experiences raising Nati led him to learn a lesson that applied equally well to parenting his biological children: It’s essential to spend the time we are given with our children to love them and enjoy them, rather than push and mold them into who we think they should be.

agb210 says:

The Only “Parenting Guide” You Ever Need to Read – You’ll Come for the Genre, but You’ll Stay for the Heart This fantastic read will replace the jigsaw puzzle stool as my go-to baby gift for new parents. But the truth is it’s the ideal “parenting guide” for anyone with kids ages 0-25 yrs. It’s truly never too late to learn the lessons that Mr. Knobler teaches in this book. Let’s be honest….parenting guides are as ubiquitous (and generally speaking, as useless) as “how to get wealthy” books and are bought with the same mindset…one knows it probably will never work but one can’t resist trying it out just in case. Here is a book that understands the stresses of parenting and dispenses heartfelt and smart advice. Knobler takes his reader under his wing in a non-judgmental, sympathetic, “don’t’ worry, I made and still make the same mistakes” kind of way that really endears us to him. He doesn’t sugar coat anything and is right there with us as we reflect on our flawed parenting styles, and makes us feel okay about them. As we accompany him and his “picture…

Sam Rotondo says:

A Great Read!! More Love, Less Panic is a funny, wise and heartwarming story about relationships. Claude Knobler’s tone is conversational and his insights about parenting are not just geared to parents of adopted children. He paints a vivid picture of a mother’s heartbreaking decision to give her child up in the hopes that he will have a better life in a country far away from her own. Knobler then describes bringing his new son into his home and the lessons he learned from the unexpected consequences that ensue. More Love, Less Panic is both hilarious and heartbreaking and the author’s insights into expectations and relationships make this book so much more than what I expected when I picked it up. Buy it, read it, you won’t be disappointed.

jlpbrook says:

An essential for any parent… A very honest and raw account of not just what it was like adopting and assimilating a young boy from Ethiopia, but an essential dos and dont’s of parenting any child. Such a quick and enjoyable read and so to the point. I could not put this book down.Claude Knobler, in his debut, proves that he has a talent for telling stories. You will come away from this book as a more enlightened parent. if you’re like me, it will cause you to think about the way you are raising your children. Claude’s lessons make so much sense, yet seeing it print and hearing the stories surrounding them makes them really hit home.You will feel like you’ve cheated after you’ve read this book – like you’ve read the crib notes on good parenting. Don’t pass this one up.

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