5 Top Books Every Parent Should Have
The period in one’s life where you stand on the verge of becoming a parent for the first time is probably one of the most exciting and satisfying periods that you are ever likely to experience. It is a time of anticipation and opportunity; a watershed mark where life truly changes. It is also for the same reasons an incredibly testing and nerve-wracking period. The realisation of the enormity of the responsibility that is about to come your way can be overwhelming and it is often difficult to know where to look for advice. Below is a list of five books that will hopefully go some way to help relieving this pressure.
Real Food for Mother and Baby by Nina Planck:
One of the best ways to feel truly prepared for your new arrival is to start the process before he or she even arrives. This is a great book that provides the reader with tips on how to maximise children’s potential by following a healthy eating regime right through from maternity to infant and child.
More Than Saying I Love You: 4 Powerful Steps That Help Children Love Themselves by Andrea Goodman Weiner, Ed.D. (“Dr. Andie”):
All new parents love their child, but according to this author that is not enough. This book, full of excellent personal experiences and practical suggestions from Dr Andie, teaches the reader how to instil self-love in your child in a four stage process that starts at birth and lasts all the way into young adulthood.
How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor by Robert S. Mendelsohn:
This book written by a highly experienced family physician basically follows the premise that parents are capable of treating 90% of their children’s illnesses at home, without bringing in what can be for little ones the scary unknown figure of the doctor. He covers all of the minor things and highlights the warning signs for those bigger issues that definitely DO need a real doctor.
New Toddler Taming by Dr Christopher Green:
The toddler years are perhaps the most fun as you watch your tiny baby turn into a little person with their own unique personality, but this period is also a veritable minefield. Paediatrician Dr Green guides you through this with advice on how to stop, listen and try to think like a toddler.
101 Offline Activities You Can Do with Your Child by Steve and Ruth Bennett:
As society becomes every day more and more obsessed with technology and lives that are lived on-line as much as in the real world, this is a great book on how to tear your kids away from the internet or the game’s console. Filled with fun suggestions and easy-to-do activities this book is a great way to help the whole family connect better with each other, offline!
This article is contributed by lovereading.co.uk