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Subject: Has anyone read CAROL BARNIER books?
Date Posted: 1/24/2008 3:44 PM ET
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"If I'm Diapering a Watermelon, Then Where'd
I Leave the Baby?" and "How to Get Your Child Off the Refrigerator and
on to Learning."

I am doing a lot of reading right now due to a few broken bone. These books were written by a homeschooler. I was wondering if any of you had read them and if so, could you tell me your opinion of them. I thought I would see if any of you had read them, and if they were good before I break down and buy them.

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 4:53 PM ET
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I really liked "Watermelon" as I appear to be a highly distractable mom. I didn't get many ideas out of the book, just a few laughs & reassurance that I am not the only one running around a house with 20 half-done projects.

"Refrigerator" was good. Again not a lot of ideas, just some reassurance. There's some good ideas for homeschooling a hyperkinetic child that I think I'll implement.

I got both books on eBay & would recommend getting a deal rather than paying full price.

God speed on healing!


Date Posted: 1/24/2008 6:55 PM ET
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Thanks Lisa,

I could use some laughts so I might get it, but I will do like you said and get it off ebay.


Date Posted: 4/11/2008 12:23 AM ET
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Hi there!

I was just scanning through the old topics in this list, and thought I'd add my two cents to this one.  A friend an I went to hear Carol Barnier speak in January, and really enjoyed it.  The event was a free "encouraging event" here in Cincinnati--Carol gave two talks (one that covered the basics of each of her books) with a brief break in between.

My friend and I both really enjoyed it.  She was very entertaining, but also added concrete suggestions to use as well.  I felt like the "watermelon" talk was just for me (who might possibly be considered a "highly distractable mom"), and the "refrigerator" book was just for my friend (who homeschools five kids, including one that might possibly be found on the refrigerator).  My husband bought me the "watermelon" book for my birthday, and I'm happy to report that the book matches the talk very closely.  I agree with Lisa N. above, though--the best part was the encouragement that I'm not the only nut that has these problems.... 

By the way, the friend who accompanied me is the same friend who got me addicted to this website.  (I guess I'd better not say anything mean about her--she could be lurking in this forum!)  Seriously, though, I'm blessed that she puts up with me!

Date Posted: 4/11/2008 3:44 AM ET
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I heard Carol speak a couple of years ago, and felt she MUST know my ADD, disgraphic, and probably Asperger syndrome son! She described him SO well!!

I bought the refrigerator book and got lots of great ideas from it. Too bad I lent it out...

I just wish that I had that book back when my son was in elementary school! Many of the games and ideas work better for the younger ages, but the reminder to look for God's gift in these challenging children is good for any age!!

She also has a couple of websites with lots of wonderful information on them, and an email group that sends out heart-lifting encouraging messages just when I need them the most. They are linked from her main site SizzleBop.com . Don't miss the story of how she got the name for the site!

I think I will need to buy the watermelon book for my middle daughter before she has kids!


Date Posted: 4/14/2008 10:39 AM ET
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My son brought me the book Feb 25th for my Birthday. I liked the book a lot.


Date Posted: 4/14/2008 11:42 AM ET
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I read the "Watermelon" book and agree with Lisa N. and others that it was more of a humorous reassurance than anything. It did however contain a great recipe for Microwave Caramel Corn!