I have been reading parenting books for much longer than I’ve been a parent. I guess I’ve always been a bit of a child development geek. I probably should have majored in education or something similar, but when I was in college, there was no convincing me that I was not destined to be the next great novelist/poet on the literary scene. I think every English major I knew had the same aspiration.
After college, I realized that I’d probably need a job while I waited for the writing dreams to materialize. That’s where library school entered the picture, and that’s where I discovered children’s literature, which has since become my life’s passion. So it all worked out, I’d say. :)
I still read a lot of parenting/child development books. Now that I am a parent, I have a more practical reason for choosing them, but I’m still just generally interested in how kids think and how we as parents, educators, and random people might best interact with them.
My parenting book pick for 2012 isn’t even a parenting book. It’s a self help book that I’d recommend to just about anyone regardless of whether they have children, but don’t let that deter you from reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown as a parenting book. You can skip to the chapter on Whole Hearted Parenting if you want or read a version of her words to parents published on the Huffington Post.
If nothing else, this:
“Who we are and how we engage with the world are much stronger predictors of how our children will do than what we know about parenting.”
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