Maybe not, Mom
Three new books address questions like how to raise kids — or whether to have them at all.
The Diaper-Free Baby (William Morrow) by Christine Gross-Loh explains the latest all-too-natural parenting phenomenon: teaching babies less than a year old to go on command, so they can go without diapers. Keep a mop handy.
I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids (Simon & Schuster) by Jen Kirkman is a standup comedian's hilarious explanation for why, gee, thanks for asking, but she isn't going to change her mind about not having children.
Tiger Babies Strike Back: How I Was Raised by a Tiger Mom But Could Not Be Turned to the Dark Side (William Morrow) by Kim Wong Keltner is a no-holds-barred memoir about the flip side of the Tiger Mother tough love method, from one of its survivors.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor