Alicia Silverstone Wrote a Controversial Parenting Book

Babies (and children) do not come with an instruction manual. Sometimes, parents wish their children did come with one that would provide inspiration and the answers that parents need. This is likely why so many parents seek out books on parenting. As such, there are plenty of them to choose from. Alicia Silverstone (the actress from the movie “Clueless”) has written a parenting book that many people consider to be controversial. The book is titled “The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful, Beginning”. It was published on … Continue reading

Quarterback Dad – Bobby Mercer

I read and browsed through a lot of parenting books when I was expecting my first child. They were all geared towards mothers. In most of the books the fathers of the babies got a brief mention, or at best a chapter. The role of fathers has changed in the last few generations, and that leaves a lot of men without clear guidelines on what to expect, what to do, and how to be a good father. Quarterback Dad: A Play-By-Play Guide to Tackling Your New Baby is a great book written just for new and expecting dads. Author Bobby … Continue reading

Child of Wonder – Ginger Carlson

If you are looking for activities to not only occupy your children, but to enchant them, to encourage their creative growth and brain development, you should look into Child of Wonder: Nurturing Creative and Naturally Curious Children by Ginger Carlson. Normally I can scan through books and find a few things I want to copy. With this book I got out my highlighter and sticky note tags. Carlson makes a case for including creative moments in all our lives. And what’s really great is that she makes it easy. None of these ideas take huge chunks of time or money. … Continue reading

Nurture by Nature – Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger

I don’t know about your children, but I know that what works for one of mine doesn’t necessarily work the others. And I rarely recognize my own children when I read parenting books. Nurture by Nature: Understand Your Child’s Personality Type—And Become a Better Parent is one parenting book where I not only caught glimmers of my own children, but found some helpful advice on raising their particular personality type. Personality Type was first devised by psychologist Carl Jung. The mother-daughter team of Katharine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers expanded on his ideas. According to Myers-Briggs, there are sixteen basic … Continue reading

Mitten Strings for God – Katrina Kenison

I first read Mitten Strings for God: Reflections for Mothers in a Hurry about five years ago. The subtitle appealed to me because I was a mother in a hurry, but also because I wanted to take the time to reflect and make sure I was at least coming close to being the kind of mother I wanted to be. The book is a collection of essays on the experience of being a mother. Katrina Kenison asks some good questions. She asks what message we are sending children with elaborate birthdays and overstuffed goody bags. As the mother of boys … Continue reading

Book Review of Mealtime and Sleep Solutions

Author: Ann Douglas Purchase Price: Both books are $13.99 Two of the toughest issues that parents of a young child deal with are sleeping and eating. In her books Sleep Solutions for Your Baby, Toddler and Preschooler and Mealtime Solutions for Your Baby, Toddler and Preschooler Ann Douglas, author of many parenting books and mother of four, addresses both issues. Her books are unique because they do not focus on one set technique instead they recognize that every child is different and give a variety of methods to try. Encouraging parents to find what works for them. Realizing that her … Continue reading