Reading: I have a love/hate relationship with parenting books. On the one hand, I balk at the idea that I need some “expert” with a fancy degree to teach me how to do something that people have been doing successfully without “experts” for thousands of years. On the other hand, I recognize that we don’t exactly live in a society where we grow up helping raise our siblings and extended family, practicing the skills of mothering from a young age — and some things about parenting are certainly not instinctual! Then there’s the eternal student in me, who is always eager to gather information on subjects I don’t know much about.
Also, I don’t tend to get so wrapped-up in non-fiction, and I simply can’t afford to get lost in a really good novel right now. I’ve been meaning to start The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for months but I’m afraid of the sleep I might lose if I do! I guess maybe I need some fiction that is good but not too interesting.
Anyway, that is how I end up with a stack of books like this. Some I’ve just finished (Simplicity Parenting was amazing; and Rachel at Clean will be hosting a discussion of it soon), some I’m very hopeful about (The No-Cry Sleep Solution *fingers crossed* and Bringing Up Geeks). After reading Playful Parenting and Healing Stories for Challenging Behaviour, I’m determined to use play, song, and story more often in our daily routines, but this doesn’t come easily to me which is why I’ve checked out Storytelling and the Art of Imagination. And I’m also perusing Basic Montessori and Naturally Healthy Babies and Children.
Knitting: Baby hats. Like my reading list, my knitting list is heavily stacked with things focused on small people. Perhaps it’s time I balance things out with a simple project just for Mama … any suggestions?
I’m joining in Ginny’s Yarn Along today.