Sunday, May 12, 2013

Three Awesome Books, cont.

Since my other post about books was getting a little long, here are the other two sets of three that I wanted to include in this category.  First is the list of three parenting books that I keep going back to and think are really great.  The second list is three books that I've thoroughly enjoyed reading just for fun.  I've highlighted some of these books before in other posts, but that just goes to show how valuable I've found them to be.

Three Awesome Books for Parents
  1. Prodigal Sons and Material Girls by Nathan Dungan. This book is full of practical ideas to help parents teach their kids how to manage money.  Nathan's philosophy is presented in easy-to-grasp language and what he presents is geared towards families of all ages and make-ups. 
  2. For Heaven's Sake: Parenting Preschoolers Faithfully by Marilyn Sharpe.  Marilyn covers a variety of subjects, all of which are incredibly pertinent and relevant.  She grounds everything faith and shares from her own experience.  I gleaned many ideas from Marilyn and found this book to be incredibly helpful and encouraging.
  3. Happiest Toddler on the Block by Harvey Karp.  This is another book that I found to be incredibly helpful and continue to find helpful as we try to figure out the best way to communicate with Esme and teach her responsibility, respect, and all that jazz.  Two of the things I took away from this book and put to use are the Fast Food Rule (stating what you hear your child saying before you try to tell them something) and Plugging the Meter (doing little things with your child throughout the day to prevent meltdowns and so that they are more willing to cooperate when you want them to do something.)
Three Awesome Books Just Because
My checklist of what makes a good book includes that it is well-written, that it gives me something to think about (but doesn't make your head hurt), and that it has a good story line.  All three of these books hit the mark on all these things.  

  1. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
  2. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.
  3. Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver.

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