Because I said so ...
, BY COLETTE BANCROFT, Tampa Bay Times
Babies don't come with an instruction manual, but these books offer moms (and dads) some tips as the little ones are growing up.
l"Machiavelli for Moms: Maxims on the Effective Governance of Children," by Suzanne Evans, humorously adapts the Renaissance political philosopher's sometimes ruthless precepts to running a family.
l"The Honest Toddler: A Child's Guide to Parenting," by Bunmi Laditan, based on a Twitter feed, offers irreverent advice from a kid's point of view, like "Cake is nature's vitamin" and "When you love someone, accept them as they are -- pants or no pants."
l"I Am So the Boss of You: An 8-Step Guide to Giving Your Family the Business," by Kathy Buckworth, brings business principles to child raising. But remember, you can't fire your kids.