We lived in Iowa for four years and I never went to the library once. Okay, I went once, but it was with a friend for a kid activity. I didn’t get a library card and I never checked out a book. Four years! When we moved to St. Louis, I wanted that to change so within the first few weeks, I found a nearby library I liked and checked out my first book.
I started out with a lot of self-help/parenting books and lately, I’ve had to take a break from the information overwhelm and enjoy a few novels. The past 4 months I have read these books and each one I have learned something great from. I forgot how much I enjoyed reading!
You’ll notice that the first 3 books are about French parenting. I love their ideas on parenting and wanted to soak up as much as I could. I took lots of notes and want to write a whole blog post just on what I’ve learned from these, but I want to give it some time once I’ve had a bit more experience parenting on my own.
This was the first book I got (since Bringing up Bébé was not available) when wanting to learn more about French parenting and it was a great balance between a good story of the author’s journey in Paris and a ‘parenting’ book where she gave great tips on her observations. My favorite quote from this book is “If there is no blood, don’t get up.”Shop Now
This is the first book I think of when I hear parenting books, I think just from how popular it was when I was first married. And it didn’t disappoint. I absolutely love the ideas behind ‘French parenting’. Ideas like teaching patience, self-reliance, how to handle frustration, and the belief that our children are somewhat rational people who can learn things.Shop Now
Of course on my quest of ‘French Parenting’ knowledge, I had to read a book about french eating. This one broke it down into 10 ideas and how the author took those and was able to implement them into her own house. I think my favorite thing I learned from this book was the “Smart Things to Say when Objected’ and how it is totally okay for your child to feel hunger until dinner time. Great book if you are struggling with food in your family!Shop Now
This book was referenced in one of the French parenting books so I requested it in the library and a few chapters in, I realized I needed to own this book. Almost every other page is highlighted or underlined in some way. The author is a Jewish psychologist, she brings in a lot of religious and Biblical aspects to her parenting philosophy and it just spoke to me and how I want to parent. Definitely a book I recommend for anyone who wants to read a ‘parenting’ book.Shop Now
Set goals. Get things done. Make time for what matters. Elise Cripe is someone I’ve been following for as long as I can remember and she is the best example of creative productivity and goal-setting. Loved this book, it is one I know I will come back to many times because there is so much goodness on every page.Shop Now
Not only is this book beautifully designed, but it explains everything Montessori in simple ways so it doesn’t feel overwhelming. I haven’t finished it since the information isn’t applicable for me at the moment but I can’t wait to take these ideas and use them when Hazel gets older.Shop Now
A nice book with an interesting main character, who surprisingly, I could find a lot of things in her about myself. It made me think about the deep struggles others are going through that you may have no idea about and how a simple friendship and can make the world of a difference.Shop Now
You can see the books I’m reading or want to read on my Good Reads account. Now that I will be reading books on a regular basis, any books you recommend I add to my list?