I have a number of great books I’m trying to read at the moment and when I say read, you’re probably wondering how any Mother has time to read! Well let’s just say that I just finished reading the book Julian got me for Christmas, Guiliana & Bill (Stories and advice from a madly in love couple!) but did I mention that he got this for me TWO Christmas’s ago? Yep – and because I read a little at a time here and there it took two years…yikes!
So when I say these are my newest books I’m reading take it with a grain of salt because what that really means is…this is what I’m attempting to read two pages at a time in between chasing the dogs, horses, Luke maybe when I have a bathroom break without Luke racing his cars in the sink next to me.
If every parent reads just ONE book – in my opinion this would be it. This book is a fantastic reminder that as a parent you don’t need to get caught up in the pressure of teaching young children academics but instead the one on one “play time” with your kids is far more valuable than any educational toy, DVD or flashcards! An absolute must read for anyone taking care of children of all ages!
Because I am usually juggling a few parenting books I can’t read only parenting books. All “work” and no play is never a good balance. So I always have one book that I read for me, for fun. This book is a delightful collection of 9 short stories about women in South trying to find answers, forgiveness, redemption and friendship. I love that it’s like reading 9 books in one and that I can feel like I’m actually completing a story that doesn’t take 2 years to finish! ha! This book is a fun, easy to read book that gets you hooked from the first page! (A must for any book I read!)
This is a fantastic book I just got and LOVE how easy it is to read. It’s a book about how to be more conscience about the words you say to your kids and I love the message in this book. We all say things we’re not always aware of, especially in the heat of the moment and wish we could re-wind and take some of those words back. I often find myself reflecting on how I could have handled a particular situation better with Luke and fight the MomGuilt. I really do believe in apologizing to your kids when you’ve said something you shouldn’t or handled a situation poorly. The great thing is how easy it is to “start over” with your kids and how you’re teaching them about respect and ultimately how they need to learn how to apologize when they’ve done something wrong too. As parents, we are their biggest role model and our children are learning ALL of these social skills from us! At the end of the day, what we say to our children really matters and our relationships are shaped by the pattern of our conversations. This book helps you explore and build on the conversations you have with your children starting from five questions:
1. What would your children say they hear from you the most?
2. How do you respond to problems?
3. What do you want your children to learn from you?
4. What do you want your kids to think about themselves?
5. What do you want your kids to know about you?
What books are you reading at the moment that are worth passing along?
Do you get much time to read as a parent? If so, share how you make time for it!!