Books

We are a little bit book mad in our house, (I have a books I need to read list longer than my arm and the more I read the more I seem to add.) And Boo is the same – she loves nothing more than to sit and read a book, either by herself or with me or my husband.  I love that she loves books and I hope that she always has a passion for reading. So when I heard about Bookawoo I was very intrigued – a box of age appropriate books right to your door – sounds perfect right?

Bookawoo Box Review - I am not sure Boo could have been any more excited about her Bookawoo box - what do you think

The box is amazing, right away Boo knew it was for her (as you can tell by the hand!) – I loved the quotes on the box and the fact that it had her name, well nickname, on the box too was just lovely. It really adds that nice little touch.  Inside this wonderful box were five books, a bright and colourful pencil, a bookmark with Boo’s name on and some lovely stickers again with Boo’s name on them.  There was also a letter to the child’s parent/guardian with more information and a little leaflet about the theme of the box too.

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I haven’t read many parenting books – well I can name one, and it’s not really a parenting book in the typical sense of the word – it’s Beyond the Sling by Mayim Bialik – which is more of a case study of ‘this is what worked for us and why we have decided to do things this way’.  So when I was asked if I would like a copy of ‘Kids don’t come with a manual – the essential guide to a happy family life’ by Carole and Nadim Saad I was curious to see what they had to say.

Kids don't come with a manual - parenting book - sharing my thoughts

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I must admit, I was not an easy convert from ‘proper’ books to the Kindle and I did resist for ages – until for one of my birthdays I was given a Kindle. You see, I love books, and paper and did I mention I love books.  One of the first things I did when I got to University was go into the library, to where they kept some of the old books (those that as undergraduates we were actually allowed to see).

8 Reasons I love my Kindle - I resisted for the longest time, but I really really love my Kindle

There is nothing like being curled up on the sofa reading a good book, the anticipation as you turn the page, the weight of the books and the feel of the paper and even the smell.  (Please tell me I am not the only one who notices the different smells of books?)

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I have set myself a challenge this year, and I am hoping to complete it – and maybe even exceed it -it’s in my bucket list for 2016…I want to read at least 13 books before the 31st December 2016. Books for me, books without pictures (for the most part). So I thought I would share my current books to read pile.

My books to read pile - I have set myself the challenge of reading at least 13 books in 2016 and here is my current books to read pile

The best way to do this, for me, is to write lists and join up to Good Reads (I have already read 6 books this year so I am going fairly well… maybe I need to change my target!) – that way I know where I am headed next. So here is some of my books to read pile – I am sure other books will get slotted in and I might not read all of these before the end of the year but I would like to make a dent in it! Read More..

I haven’t read many parenting books, in fact I haven’t read any… and I wouldn’t say after reading Beyond the Sling that it is a parenting book in that true sense of the word.  It’s more of a this-is-how-I-did-things-and-why kind of book. A celebration of the choices Mayim Bialik and her husband rather than a guide of what you should do. It is very much a discussion on their interpretation of attachment parenting.

My Review of the fantastic Beyond the Sling

I really love the style of the book, it’s not prescriptive in anyway – it’s not telling you if you do X, Y and Z you will have a child that does A, B and C.  It makes no promises – in fact it mainly reiterates one message – you already know how to parent – you just need to learn to listen to that instinct.

The book is divided in to four sections;

1. Trust Your Instincts – which covers the basics of what attachment parenting is.

2. What Baby Needs – which covers her opinions on birth, breastfeeding, a baby’s need to be held, night-time parenting and elimination communication

3. What Baby Doesn’t Need – covering her opinions that babies/children don’t need stuff, unnecessary medical intervention, pressure or punishment

4. What Mommy Needs – which covers keeping your relationship strong and her thoughts on finding that elusive work/life balance

I found the whole book really interesting, you can feel the passion when you read it, Mayim Bialik believes in everything she writes about.  Not it a way which makes you feel like you need to agree, more in a way of “oh wow this is really great and it worked for us, what do you think?” It really feels like there is a dialogue going on (and I read the whole book in my head as if Amy Farrah Fowler – her character in The Big Bang Theory – was reading it to me, which was a little wierd and a lot funny!)

I have to say that it felt nice to read that what my husband and I have been doing is similar in some respects to attachment parenting – and also similar to what Mayim Bialik herself had done – with a P.h.D in neuroscience specialising in the hormones of attachment, you really feel like she knows what she is talking about and that there is reasons behind why I feel like I do and why I have made the choices I have made.

Beyond the Sling 1

The most affirming sections for me were the ones on breastfeeding (at 18 months Boo is still pretty much breastfed on demand) and night-time parenting (we didn’t stop night feeds until Boo was 11 months old – because it wasn’t until then that we felt she was ready to drop them). That being said there are big differences too – for example we don’t co-sleep with Boo – other than when she is poorly yet at not point did I feel like we were doing it ‘wrong’.

The section which surprised me most was the one on Elimination Communication – I confess I hadn’t even heard of this until I read this book – but essentially it is the school of thought that babies know when they need to go to the toilet and don’t want to sit in their own waste in a nappy – so by learning those signals a parent can remove the need for nappies.  I will hold my hands up – I read this open mouthed and in horror – but upon reading further I did grasp the reasoning behind it, but it is not something I could start with Boo now, and I am not sure I would have done with Boo from birth had I known about it (we are currently in a rented house and I am not sure the landlord and his carpets would approve!) but as with the rest of the book it’s very much each to their own.

All in all I have to say I really do love this book, reading it, for me was like an affirmation of what I had been feeling all along. It wasn’t giving me permission to do parent the way I was, nor was it giving me a list of instructions on how I should be parenting, more suggesting that there were reasons why I was parenting the way that I was and showing me that these types of things had worked for the author and maybe they, or some variation of them would work in my family.

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