It was tough deciding what to write about this morning. Initially I wanted to share more about my SCCTM conference experience last week. (Don’t worry, it’s coming soon) Then as I lay awake last night listening to the Roomba vacuum downstairs, I thought I’d share some of my favorite parenting resources, because you might have time over the Thanksgiving weekend to read. (wink, wink) Or you might at least have time to check them out for yourself and see if they appeal to you.
When I was pregnant I didn’t want to read anything about child birth or parenting. I was reading plenty for my Masters program. Then when my daughter turned one year, it’s like I went on this hunt for the best way to parent. Ha-ha, that was funny! I mean for the first year of her life, I literally, we, my husband and I were winging it! Well, that’s really what we’re doing all the time as parents, isn’t it? Being the avid reader and research nerd that I am I started reading parenting books. Some I didn’t even finish, others I am now re-reading, and have pages tabbed so I can use them as quick reference. A few I stumbled upon on Facebook, others were recommend by friends. There is NO manual, (wouldn’t that be nice), raising humans is like a puzzle, you have to find the right fit for your family. And that fit changes as more pieces are added.
Here are my favorite parenting books thus far in my journey:
This book is great if you feel like you’ve got to be the perfect parent, (there’s no such thing), because Katie gives practical tips for getting to know your child’s personality. Her writing makes you feel like you’re having coffee with a friend, rather than getting advice from an expert. I’m looking forward to getting started on her latest book, No More Mean Girls!
- Toddlers are aHoles (It’s Not Your Fault) by Bunmi Laditan
This book is PURE comic relief at the end of long days when you think, “What in the world were we thinking becoming parents?” It got my husband and I through those days as we would read it together and laugh until tears were rolling down our cheeks. When you’re feeling alone, this book makes you realize you’re not.
- Parenting with Love and Logic by Dr. Foster Cline and Jim Fay
This is another one that my husband and I read together. It helped us discuss our differences in opinion about “discipline”. As an educator this book resonated with my coaching/teaching beliefs in that it is our job to love them, while letting them experience mistakes to help them learn.
What works for one child/family, doesn’t always work for another, and the more we share our real experiences, the less we will fear being the imperfect parent.
What are some of your favorite parenting books or resources?