The writing style is clear, concise and she supports her views with good examples. Not a surprise that she was a magazine editor. I agree with her child rearing views and she has some very good advice to offer new moms to think about. She speaks about the end-game and outcomes, sleep problems, following your own beliefs and not compromising yourself, understanding that you are not just a mom but still the same person with needs and wants as does the child. It's not so much about being mean, but rather disciplined in your goals to obtain the desired outcome for your child as he grows up to be a mature independent well-rounded person.