Grab a cup of coffee, prop your feet up, and browse these 4 must-reads on parenting.
Bringing up Bébé: One Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting | “When American journalist Pamela Druckerman had a baby in Paris, she didn’t aspire to become a “French parent.” But she noticed that French children slept through the night by two or three months old. They ate braised leeks. They played by themselves while their parents sipped coffee. And yet French kids were still boisterous, curious, and creative. Why? How?”
Even if you are not obsessed with all things French like I am, you will enjoy this read. Funny, well-written, and loaded with personal stories, you’ll walk away rethinking a few American ideas.
Steady Days: A Journey Toward Intentional, Professional Motherhood | I read this when I began homeschooling and working out of my home and just couldn’t get on top of managing the housework. If you are constantly forgetting your keys, wondering where the mail went, never able to find a clean pair of underwear, feeling guilty that you don’t sit down and do fun projects with the kids, wanting to squeeze in something fun like sewing during naptime but oh, the house is a mess! This book is for you. She takes the non-organizers and shows them how to practically manage a home and still have a little bit of time to paint your nails or watch Parenthood on Netflix. ;)
Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches | I read this during my “3 babies in 3 years” phase of life and I should probably re-read it now that Hugh is covering himself in tomato seeds. Because you too are probably in the thick of it, you must know that it is an easy read with short chapters and oh-so-convicting ideas. But it will encourage you like no other book on parenting! Rachel says, “The opportunities for growth abound here but you have to be willing. You have to open your heart to the tumble. As you deal with your children, deal with yourself always and first. This is what it looks like, and feels like, to walk as a mother with God.”
The New Dare To Discipline | Written by Focus on the Family’s James Dobson, this book answers questions like, “Why are boundaries so important? Do children really want limits set on their behavior? My spouse doesn’t seem to care about discipline; why I am I stuck being the “bad guy?” Is it okay to spank my child, or will it lead him to hit others and become a violent person?” I read it recently and found his perspective refreshing. I implemented many of his ideas within the week and noticed significant changes in our family dynamic. I especially love his comprehensive research in education and social issues. He has a wealth of knowledge to share!