Book Nook: Mom’s Reference Picks

Check out these titles on your parenthood journey!

  • If Your Kid Eats This Book, Everything Will Still Be Okay: How To Know If Your Child’s Injury or Illness is Really An Emergency by Lara Zibners, MD.  Hachette Book Group, 2009.  This book is amazing.  Written by an emergency room pediatrician, it answers questions like this one: What would happen if your child ate the decorate pebbles in the fish tank?  How do you know if a kid is dehydrated or not?  Sick with pneumonia or just a cold?  Appendicitis or just a tummmy ache?  Geared towards babies and toddlers, Dr. Zibners handles just about everything under the sun with expertise, experience and a sense of humor.  If you have little ones, you’ll want this one on your reference shelf.
  • Babyfacts: The Truth About Your Child’s Health from Newborn Through Preschool by Andrew Adesman, M.D.  John Wiley and Sons, 2009.  With a foreword by Dr. Sears, this book tackles topics with a myth versus reality focus.  Dr. Adesman is a pediatrician and a parent of three.  He writes: “Well-meaning intelligent parents who are bombarded by conflicting bits of information, with some old wives’ tales tossed into the mix, make mistakes, some of them harmful. (And if you ever think it would be great to have a pediatrician in your family, even my family falls prey to myth.)”  This book covers feeding to sleeping to common childhood illnesses with each chapter subdivided into more specific areas.  You’ll like his approach, and you’ll appreciate the care he’s taken in sifting through all the information out there and presenting a practical approach to your child’s health from infant to preschool.
  • Stop Second-Guessing Yourself: The PreSchool Years.  A Field-Tested Guide to Confident Parenting by Jen Singer.  Health Communications, 2009.  The author launched her website for moms who could really use a laugh.  In this book, she combines humor with practical help for everything from “off to preschool” to milestones to lose sleep over … or not!  She covers new babies, older siblings and fostering your little one’s independence.  Great read!
  • The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects: Over 500 Service Ideas for Young People Who Want to Make a Difference by Barbara A. Lewis, Free Spirit Publishing.  If your kids have a problem in mind to fix, this is the book where they can figure out the process.  Lewis offers strategies for all kinds of service projects from simple things you can do on your own to all-out community efforts.  She covers a wide variety of causes including animals, environment, friendship, hunger, literacy, senior citizens and more.
  • The No-Cry Discipline Solution: Gentle Ways to Encourage Good Behavior Without Whining, Tantrums & Tears by Elizabeth Pantley.  McGraw Hill, 2007.  There is a connection between how our tweens and teens behave and how they learned to cope with issues when they were toddlers, preschoolers and elementary age.  Geared to parents of the younger set, Pantley offers “Mother-Speak” examples from real-life moms on what works or doesn’t in their own lives as well as practical advice on how to handle your children’s misbehavior.  I loved the section on “Staying Calm and Avoiding Anger.”  Let’s face it.  Children can make us mad, but this section has a plan for how to defuse your own reactions.
  • Nurture the Nature: Understanding and Supporting Your Child’s Unique Core Personality by Michael Gurian. John Wiley & Sons, 2007. Ten tips for nurturing the nature of your baby, creating a core nature profile, self-tests, natural differences between girls and boys, family stressors, checklists and other tools for you to help you kids what they need from infancy to adolescents. This book proposes “a new model of parenting that includes not only old wisdom but new science – science that focuses specifically on the nature of children.”
  • Play, by Stuart Brown, M.D. Springfield Moms contributor Holly Schurter recommends this book.  She writes: “He talks about how play ‘shapes the brain, opens the imagination, and invigorates the soul’ and he covers various ages and how play affects development. I’ve seen studies like this about small children, but he extends it to cover all ages. He also talks about PE4Life, which is a program for schools that he observed in Naperville. It’s a cool idea about ‘giving kids the skills and experiences necessary to lead physically active lives.’ I think it makes a lot of sense.”
  • If you struggle with your child’s behavioral issues, try reading these 2 books by author Stanley Turecki, who is skilled at helping us recognize the differences in our children that can be worrisome at times, but may be normal for them: Normal Children Have Problems Too and The Difficult Child.
  • The Mother/Daughter Information Gap. When you were a teen, did you ever wonder if your Mom told you everything you needed to know about life? Ever wonder if your own daughter is right now, at this very instant, wondering the same thing about you? Never fear – there’s a book out there that could help! Author Richard M. Dudum’s book What Your Mother Never Told You tries to alleviate the information gap between mothers and daughters. He’s the parent of four children and he takes a close look at the issues most concerning mothers and daughters between the teenage and college years. While the book is geared towards the younger set, moms and even grandmas can benefit from the specifics he shares with his readers.
  • The Mother Load: How To Meet Your Own Needs While Caring for Your Family, How To Say No … and Live To Tell About It, S.O.S. for PMS and Making Work at Home Work by local author and SpringfieldMoms columnist Mary Byers. Mary’s practical advice combined with inspiring and humorous stories make these books “must-reads” for moms.
  • The Mom Book Goes To School by Stacey DeBroff. Free Press of Simon & Schuster, 2005. DeBroff offers valuable and practical advice in a straightforward manner that is easy to reference. She answers questions on: how best to use email to communicate with school staff, why teachers hate being approached on the fly, which student behaviors annoy teachers the most, which parent behaviors work against you, how to recognize bullying and cliques, how to hire a professional advocate for a child with learning disabilities, homework routines, test strategies, changing schools and much more. Perfect for your reference library!
  • The Complete Guide to Getting and Staying Organized by Karen Ehman. Harvest House Publishers, 2008. This book will help you create your own plan to manage your time, eliminate clutter and experience order, and do all this while keeping your family first!
  • The Surprising Power of Family Meals: How Eating Together Makes Us Smarter, Stronger, Healthier, and Happier by Miriam Weinstein. Steerforth Press, 2005. This book promises to help you make regular family meals work for your family no matter what your circumstances, cook the way you want to, encourage conversation with your loved ones, teach your kids better eating habits and make home a more attractive haven. The author delivers!
  • Mrs. Cleanjeans’ Housekeeping With Kids by Tara Aronson. Rodale 2004. Share the wealth … of household chores, that is! This author has an engaging and humorous style, but she backs up her attitude with practical tips on how to assign chores that your children can and should tackle. I particularly loved her age-appropriate chore lists, and I immediately put my 5-year-old to work. Check this one out, and see if you don’t ease your load a bit.
  • For the favorite grandmas in your family’s life, check out: Grandma’s Bag of Tricks: Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars by  Sharon Lovejoy, Workman Publishing, 2009.  Make leaf rubbings, blow jumbo bubbles, bake Moon Pizzas and Granny-ola, create a firefly lantern and so much more.  This delightful book has the most wonderful watercolor illustrations and creative ideas.  Your kids will love pouring over this book with their grandmas.

Submitted by Springfield Moms Series Editor Julie Kaiser.





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