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At this age children need hours sleep a night. Some children fall deeply asleep very quickly when they go to bed. Others sleep lightly, fidgeting and muttering for up to 20 minutes, before getting into deep sleep. The first few hours of sleep are usually the most restful. Most dreams happen in the second half of the night. You can read more about sleep patterns for children. Here are some ideas that can help your child get the sleep she needs. Bedtime routine A bedtime routine is very important at this age.

It helps your child wind down from the day. You can help your child settle and relax for sleep by playing gentle music or a reading story together. Sleeptalking is nothing to worry about. To view it, click here. I'm not sure why I picked this book up from the library. I thought this was going to be about female bonding and the nature of close female friends Neither women are particularly endearing, however; there's nothing inspiring about their plight pre-cancer, and Berg's writing doesn't help either.

I'd be better off reading Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants again. View 1 comment. Short and oh so sweet and moving. The bonds between friends becomes evident when Ann cares for Ruth, her long time best friend with breast cancer who is in her last days before death consumes her.

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There are many funny conversations but the heart felt conversations are real and poignant. Life and marriage and motherhood are touched upon and this is a book to be felt deeply. Aug 31, Sara rated it really liked it Shelves: contemporary-fiction. This is the kind of novel I normally don't love to read. It is probably chick lit and it is definitely meant to be a tear-jerker. The thing is, I have watched the slow death of someone I love and I think Berg probably has as well. She gets some of the most important aspects of that right. I want to go home. I just want to go home.

Can't you understand that? I have so often wanted to go home, which is just wanting to go back in time, just wanting to go back to something that sadly no longer exists anywhere. But they are comforting to both of us, I know. They remind me of what we talk about before we go to sleep, any of us, the lazy, low-voiced assurances we offer each other Always we're just checking to see that we're safe. I've always thought that was the funniest thing, given the vastness of the dark we lie down in.

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I didn't relate completely to the lives they lead. Still, there is a deeper truth about them, about all of us, that Berg taps. I thought of my mother's long struggle. I thought of my sister breathing out of this world so softly and leaving me desperate to have one more conversation, one more laugh. Berg made me cry, and I learned early on that one of the great meanings of literature is catharsis. Sep 05, Shari Larsen rated it really liked it Shelves: ereader , challenge-books.

A beautifully told story about two best friends, Ann and Ruth, and what happens after Ruth is diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. Not only is Ann by her side, but also Ruth's small but eclectic group of her other friends gather by her side also, and each person helps Ruth in her own unique way. I was drawn to this story because I also have terminal breast cancer, and I was glad to see the author tackle this subject she also lost a good friend to breast cancer and tell the truth about it; tha A beautifully told story about two best friends, Ann and Ruth, and what happens after Ruth is diagnosed with terminal breast cancer.

I was drawn to this story because I also have terminal breast cancer, and I was glad to see the author tackle this subject she also lost a good friend to breast cancer and tell the truth about it; that breast cancer is not always a "curable" kind of cancer, a message that is often lost, especially during the month of "Pinktober" in the lands "pink ribbons" and all the crap that goes with it. I may well be part of that statistic myself as my oncologist recommended just 2 weeks ago that I should be thinking about starting hospice care.

My only complaint about this novel was that I felt it was too short, and because of that, not all of the characters felt fully developed to me. View all 4 comments. This was the second Elizabeth Berg book I have read. A co-worker was moved by this book and recommended it. I just don't seem to connect with this particular author. Especially with this topic, I didn't feel as much as I think I should.

Shelves: fiction , novels , popular-fiction , chick-lit , contemporary , ultimate-reading-list. I wish I could have liked this at all given the subject and inspiration for the novel. It's a story told by Ann in first person about her best friend Ruth who is dying of cancer.

The story is mostly told in present tense, but there are frequent flashbacks telling us about their friendship in the past tense. I don't have complaints about the style.

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It's fine, even if not something that invokes writer's envy. My problem is that the story and characters left me cold. A note from the author says the I wish I could have liked this at all given the subject and inspiration for the novel. A note from the author says the book was inspired by the need to express the "emotional truth" about her loss of a "very important friend" to breast cancer. Maybe those who've survived cancer or lost someone they loved to that disease will resonate more with this story. The thing is, I think part of the problem is that it was too centered on her illness and coming death.

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I recently read Alice Hoffman's The Probable Future and a central character there is dying of cancer. I found her situation much more poignant and moving I think partly because it dealt more with her living her life while dying. Despite Berg's claim that this was grounded in her personal experience, I also found it hard to credit someone within weeks of dying of the disease would be able to pig out on lobster and fries.

Besides which, I find it hard to be moved by a story of a dying friend and her immortal friendship if I utterly despise the character.


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And the truth is I hated Ruth with the heat of a thousand suns without once getting the feeling we were meant to. Something in her personality I can't point to rubbed me the wrong way from the beginning, but I soon got plenty of reasons I can articulate to loathe her more and more with every page.

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She claims her husband is "manipulative" and cold but says she doesn't divorce him for the sake of their nine-year-old son. That doesn't stop her though from casual serial infidelity--she's sure she won't get caught.

Worse, she encourages her friend, who also has a young child, to do the same. But worst of all? She asks her friend to lie for her to her husband. That's when I lost all potential sympathy. That's not the act of a friend, but a user. Probably not the right book for me at this time of my life. My oldest sister is dying from colon cancer and my dad was diagnosed this year with the same sickness, colon cancer but hopefully we were on time. With all that going on I have obviously been thinking a lot about death over the last past months.

I want to act on every impulse" "I want more, I want someone to know I was here" This is exactly the same thing I am struggling with, that when I die I will be forgotten,nobody knows I was here. As I mentioned above I am thinking a lot about death, my loved ones but also my own and I was a bit scared this book would make me more anxious but in a weird way it helped.

Plus the fact that this is also about women and their relationships with other women which is a subject I always love to read about, this book probably was right for me. I want to read more by this author. Lots of little jewels. View all 6 comments. Mar 19, Whitney rated it really liked it Recommends it for: women who know what it's like to have a true friend in another woman. Shelves: meaningfultearjerkers. Quick read, but very deep very best.

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The fun one gets a terminal illness, the safe one narrates.