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Which parenting book or blog has helped you?

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?

7 Member comments Post a reply

Avatar SarahBlogger

With so many books and blogs devoted to parenting, Sarah asks which ones have helped you cope with motherhood?

Read the full blog post: Which parenting book or blog has helped you?

Posted 21 August 2011 - 10:54 PM

Avatar LauraM81

Robin Barker's Baby Love and The Mighty Toddler have become my bibles! Love them!
Also had Save Our Sleep for DS, but found the schedules to restrictive smile

Posted 22 August 2011 - 02:48 AM

Avatar DB8C82

ABSOLUTELY LOVED SOS SAVE OUR SLEEP! After 2 simple babies, my 3rd was a challenge. Loved the routine because it made it work within a day or 2 instead of weeks. My bub slept no longer than 2 hours at night and no longer than 45mins in the day. I bought the book on a sunday morning and that night he slept 8hours. Might be a little tough to follow, but it's well worth it!

Posted 30 August 2011 - 06:52 AM

Avatar Charisma30

I live by Robyn Barker's book "Baby Love" aswell-your right there are so many books that it can get overwhelming and I feel that this one has the answers that make sense.

Posted 31 August 2011 - 06:07 AM

Avatar coco99

Baby Love came recommended and was really invaluable.

Posted 31 August 2011 - 06:51 AM

Avatar Bernadette_Harvey

whilst pregant i read the book "What to expect when expecting" it gives you so much good info that it left me with no questions of what was happening.
Its the perfect book to have next to the bed for the nightly read.

Posted 01 September 2011 - 02:56 AM

Avatar 2.5 little darlings

I would definantly say that 'Baby Love' and Kaz Cookes' 2 'Up The Duff' and 'Kidwrangling' have been fantastic, i would recommed them to anyone

Posted 19 September 2011 - 11:58 PM

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