Claude Knobler - More Love (Less Panic)

Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 1:00pm

When author and stay-at-home dad Claude Knobler sat across from his soon-to-be five-year-old son Nati and the mother who was giving him up because she was dying of AIDS in a dusty café in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, it was only the first of many lessons he would learn about parenting. And these lessons weren’t only about how to parent a child who was different from him or who didn’t understand English. They were lessons that applied equally as well to the parenting of his two older, biological children Grace and Clay.

There have been numerous books on the experiences of adoption, but More Love (Less Panic) isn’t a how-to guide or a tale of the trials of international adoption. Rather, it’s a heartfelt and humorous memoir that any parent can relate to in its depiction of a common struggle—how to recognize and reconcile who your child is with who you want them to be. After struggling with trying to turn his wild, often silly, always loud, and “too optimistic” son Nati into a quiet, neurotic Jewish male like himself, Claude realized how very little control any parent really has. And that the best parenting tactic just might be to learn to let go—of our frustrations and anxieties, our pre-conceived notions of “good” parenting, and, ultimately, our children themselves.

Claude Knobler’s essays have appeared in Parenting magazine and on NPR’s “This I Believe,” as well as in one of the radio program’s literary anthologies, This I Believe: On Fatherhood, and Worldwide Orphan Foundation founder Dr. Jane Aronson’s Carried in Our Hearts: The Gift of Adoption: Inspiring Stories of Families Created Across Continents.

 

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51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, 94925
More Love, Less Panic: 7 Lessons I Learned about Life, Love, and Parenting After We Adopted Our Son from Ethiopia Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780399167959
Availability: Special Order
Published: Tarcherperigee - January 2nd, 2015

In this heartwarming and hilarious memoir, Claude Knobler describes how he learned the hard way that the apple actually "can" fall far from the tree and that's Okay.