This book was wonderful. The author knows how to talk to kids in a way that is easy to understand but not condescending. He explains the basics of gar...moreThis book was wonderful. The author knows how to talk to kids in a way that is easy to understand but not condescending. He explains the basics of gardening from soil and seed to harvesting what you have grown. He also includes explanations of basic ecology: the water cycle, how soil is made, which plants replace nitrogen, etc... He poses questions to encourage curious young gardeners to experiment on their own as well. He even presents less scientific information about gardening according to the moon and zodiac signs!
In all it was a very informative book that makes me feel ready to tackle starting my own garden, and maybe even doing my own composting. I was hoping that this book had a more recent edition, but I guess I will have to hunt around for my own copy. This one needs to get back to the library!
**EDIT** I had previously erroneously identified the author as a "she" but as he just sent me a lovely message I thought I'd take the time to come correct my review.(less)
I tracked down this book when an e-mail was going around with some excerpts. I am so much more aware of how much I spend on food and what I buy. The p...moreI tracked down this book when an e-mail was going around with some excerpts. I am so much more aware of how much I spend on food and what I buy. The photos of the American’s food were so repulsive compared to other families who had lots of fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, etc... And the families who had next to nothing really made me appreciate the abundance we have in this country. I generally despise leftovers but I have been making a point to be sure I either do not cook more food than we can eat in 2 meals or eat the extra food before it goes bad even if I would rather have something else for dinner.
I also have been paying much more attention to the costs of foods. We are still learning how to cook with whole foods instead of buying processed foods. At some point I want to figure out exactly what we eat in a week, what it looks like and how much it costs. (less)
This is a very quick read. It is very good. It covers the basics of good communication in reference to communicating with children. I found it easy to apply the information to communication in any relationship.
I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who has or works with children.(less)
This is probably the best book on breastfeeding available. I didn't read it till my son was nearly 2 but the book really starts with the 1 year old. I...moreThis is probably the best book on breastfeeding available. I didn't read it till my son was nearly 2 but the book really starts with the 1 year old. I would highly recommend this to moms when their child is 9 or 10 months old or to anyone who wants to know more about the "normal" course of nursing. It gives lots of good information on why stopping nursing at 1 year old is not "normal" in the context of history, world-wide nursing practices and compared to other primates. Even though The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding is held up as THE BOOK on breastfeeding, I found Mothering your Nursing Toddler to be much more informative and interesting.(less)
I liked this book. It has to do with organization, schedules, and time management, but it is more than that. It was about establishing your priorities...moreI liked this book. It has to do with organization, schedules, and time management, but it is more than that. It was about establishing your priorities and setting aside time for them. The book was written in the context of the Five P's of the married vocation: Prayer, Person, Partner, Parent, and Provider... in that order. In the book she says that women typically get stuck on their parenting role and men on their provider role, but these are actually 4 and 5 on the list of priorities.
The book is written for a Catholic audience and at some point in one of early chapters, either the one about prayer or person; I did actually stop and flip to the front of the book to see if there was an Imprimatur. It wasn't that I disagreed with her or thought she was incorrect, but there was a great deal of theology discussed and it felt like it should have had one. Her way of practicing her faith isn't necessarily the same as mine. I would still recommend it to Catholic friends but with the caveat that it does not have an Imprimatur and that it should be read with that in mind.
In fact I would also recommend the book to anyone who feels that Marriage is a vocation just like entering the clergy or religious life regardless of religion or lack there of. The author is a stay at home mom who home schools her children and the book is written from her perspective, however I found it easy enough to apply to our home and I work and my son goes to day care.
**It's been 9 or 10 months since I wrote this review. This book as has a profound impact on my life and it still a book I would highly recommend to other mothers. (less)