Which parenting book or blog has helped you?
As well as millions of blogs devoted to motherhood did you know that Amazon currently has more than 14,000 self help books which offer advice on babies and child rearing? No wonder it is easy to get confused! I must confess I have lots of those books at home. Some of them have been read cover to cover, and others have been briefly opened and abandoned when I realised they weren’t right for me and bub.
Like many mums I have my own personal blog, and I love reading many other blogs about parenting. Zoey at Good Googs writes brilliantly on her self stated “imperfect parenting” and another is Al Tait at Life in a Pink Fibro. I have a blog roll a mile long that I love reading. Blogs have made me realize I’m not alone in finding parenting amazing, challenging and sometimes plain exhausting.
As well as blogs I have shelves filled with books devoted to parenting. One of my dog eared books is Dr Christopher Green’s book on “Babies!: A Parent’s Guide to Enjoying Baby’s First Year.” It is a much loved book in my house and I found his writing really engaging and supportive. At a time where I often found myself insanely sleep deprived, I’d reach for his book knowing that while he couldn’t magically rustle me up several hours uninterrupted sleep, he’d let me know I was doing ok.
Gina Ford’s “The Contented Baby Book” was my bible with my first two children. They thrived on a routine (and so did I) but poor Gina was relegated to the back shelf for my third child Mr Small. He didn’t care for her ideas on routine one bit and he made this very clear and very loudly, so she was hastily discarded.
The thing is there is no one book or blog that can offer me the perfect solution to parenting issues I face. But I pick the bits that might work for me and use those. Some of them work, some of them don’t. The thing is not to get to worried about parenting “right,” but being the best parent I can for my own child. And let’s face it, we have limited time as parents and I can’t spend it reading (though I would love to)
Do you have books or blogs that have helped you cope with parenting?