The Montessori Toddler
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.
Big Dreams, Daily Joys
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.
The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Raising Self-Reliant Children
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.
Bringing Up Bébé
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.
French Kids Eat Everything
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!
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.”
For those with a Christian background, I found this book helpful since most of the women mentioned in this book struggled to have a child. It is inspiring to read their stories and how it increased their faith in God during a similar trial I was going through.
This book goes through miscarriage and recurrent pregnancy loss, both with a Western and Eastern medicine approach.
It Starts with the Egg
This book has all the latest research on fertility and how you can help boost your fertility naturally by improving your egg quality.