while I am not a die hard fan of any single one of the parenting books out there, I do find that Sears advocates something that is geared towards my t...morewhile I am not a die hard fan of any single one of the parenting books out there, I do find that Sears advocates something that is geared towards my thought process. I learned that parenting comes from nothing more than instinct...and some days with a baby will be great, and some will just suck. When you are pacing a floor at 230 in the morning trying to get a wailing baby to sleep you will forget about it the next day when you are a zombie and your little person full of pee and poo smiles at you with their whole heart. Other books advocate routine, and i agree, babies need some sort of structure, but for the first year at least, i think the little people should lead the way and we should follow with in means and to the best of our ability. If I wanted a "good night's sleep" i wouldn't have had a baby.
Dammit those little buggers are hard work, but they are an investment..an investment of your time, your love and affection- from that they eventually become people, and if you have given them your all and haven't gone crazy (and hopefully instilled a bit of moral fiber) they thrive and grow...and if you have done your job right, they still like you in 20 years. (if they don't you probably took too many baby books to heart and not enough baby) ..then if you have done your job right they become productive members of society and make their own little people (and call you for advice)
after all this reading I have done I have learned a few things...
the desire to be a perfect parent will make a person pay or do anything- it is almost criminal
some of these "books" haven't been around for decades- so we don't know if in 20 years we will have robotic jerk people running around
these books make you feel guilty for not listening to the word for word.
I should write a parenting book.
outside of instinct, I took a few useful bits from this book (and a few others) and figured heck I will wing it, so far my 12 year old still likes me, and my 11 week old is still thriving..it is a process, a learning process that can't be magically figured out. (but for pointers I have asked a few people who I felt had really great adult kids what they did as parents)
but as I said, if there was a close enough book to go with my views..this guy has got it.(less)
It was suggested that I read this book, and I will admit I was skeptical at first.After about an hour worth of time invested, I was wishing that I cou...moreIt was suggested that I read this book, and I will admit I was skeptical at first.After about an hour worth of time invested, I was wishing that I could stop time (while my toddler off spring was sleeping) so I could finish it. This one book has history, politics, environmental impact of our actions, economics and recipes rolled into one book. Essentially it is the world as we know it based upon the cod. How we explored the oceans to obtain it, how we settled countries, fought cod wars over it, what we traded for it, how it was prepared and how it was fished. It tells the story of the advancement of our technology, and the impact it has had on the stock of the one abundant fish.
This is another one of my favorite books for children. I love the story, but an added bonus for me is the local hometown charm. If you have been to Bo...moreThis is another one of my favorite books for children. I love the story, but an added bonus for me is the local hometown charm. If you have been to Boston Mass, are from Boston Mass, or live anywhere near Boston Mass, you know about the bronze duck statues in the Boston Public Garden based on this book. Every great once in a while, a smart ass decides to steal one of them, and the entire metro boston area goes ballistic. Rewards are offered, the public demands justice and the return of their beloved ducks- It just goes to show how much one little story can embed itself into the hearts of a city.(less)