Picks and Pans Review: Great Expectations

updated 05/16/2011 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/16/2011 01:00AM

Heidi Murkoff answers even more parenting questions in What To Expect the Second Year.

WHEN DID YOU REALIZE THERE WAS A NEED FOR THIS BOOK?

Having been there, done that equips me to tell about it and to write about it. Like the time my daughter Emma threw her sneaker into the frozen fountain at N.Y.C.'s Museum of Natural History. We found it after the spring thaw.

WHAT WERE YOUR BIGGEST CONCERNS WHEN YOUR KIDS WERE THIS AGE?

With Emma it was tantrums, tantrums and oh, let's see, tantrums. With Wyatt it was: Can he survive another day of life-lived-on-the-edge-of the stairs, of the sofa, of the table he just climbed onto?

HOW DO YOU FEEL WHEN PEOPLE SAY YOUR BOOKS ARE "BIBLES"?

I've always been a mom on a mission, just to help parents know what to expect, and that hasn't changed-it's just grown ... a lot.

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