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Woman writes a ‘practical’ guide to mothering

When Linda Danis became a mother for the fourth time, she started taking notes on index cards. By the time her child was 1 year old, she had a few hundred three-by-five cards with tips for her friends on how to love and nurture their child in the first year of life.

A few years later, those index cards culminated into Danis’ first book, “365 Things Every New Mom Should Know,” which has sold more than 17,000 copies and is currently in its second printing.

For Danis, a Danville resident with a second home in Tahoe Donner, writing a book on parenting was a natural move.

“I consider myself a student of motherhood,” she said. “I’ve always read a lot of parenting books.”

The guide gives information for each day of the child’s life – from how to deal with sleep problems to ideas for theme birthday parties – so it’s developmentally correct.

The book also offers a Christian standpoint, with daily prayers and steps toward “Godly character development,” but Danis said the parenting guide focuses on the more practical aspects of parenting, not the religious.

“It’s a Christian publisher (Harvest House Publishers) and a Christian point of view, but its geared toward any mom,” she said.

Even television moms have been seen reading Danis’ book. On an episode of “Friends,” Courtney Cox Arquette’s character read from “365 Things” to help Jennifer Aniston with her crying baby.

“That was pretty amazing that they chose my book of all the parenting books out there,” she said. “It was the first time I’d ever seen ‘Friends.'”

Danis, who has made some television appearances of her own to promote her book, said her children, ages 5, 8, 11 and 13 have enjoyed seeing their mom on the air. Danis dedicated her book to her children, who were the impetus for most of what Danis has learned in her 14 years of parenting.

“My kids are regular kids,” Danis said, “but I think they enjoy that their mom has done this.”

Pick up “365 Things Every New Mom Should Know” in Truckee at The Tree House or the Bookshelf.

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