Look who comes-up when you google Tips for Young Mothers and Elder Ballard…. That’d be me, thanks for asking. Although, last time I checked I was on page #2.
Anyway, today’s tip is to read good books. This tip actually spawns a lot off of the time from yesterday, as the good books I find are often tips from friends to read them. Here’s some of my favorites. I try and read one “self-help” type book a month and since most of the help I need revolves around parenting, you be the judge.
How to Live with your Kids and Like Them by Clyde Boyle. My friend Lara recommended this one to me (BTW, Lara had a lot of courage and entered the hall of fame scrapbook thing this year, and while she didn’t win I hope she knows she’s one of my VERY best friends and I am very lucky to have her in my life). LOVE this book (and apparently you can get it for 79 cents on Amazon.com). It does come from an LDS author, but it doesn’t seem strongly slanted in my opinion. Now, if you’re a kind of “let it be — kids will be kids” type mom, you might not love this book. He’s pretty firm, but I enjoy that type of thing. It has tips for all ages, from toddler-hood to teenage years. This one will probably be close at hand for a while.
Siblings without Rivalry. My friend Amy (who just had baby girl #5 – go Amy!) recommended this one to me. Ok, I am having a harder time implementing some of the things in this book. I’m really TRYING to get my kids to reason things out, but it’s not really working thus far. I re-read it just recently and I’m trying more. This type of of approach takes time and interest, and I need to devote more to it. Again, a MUST read, for moms with more then 1 child.
Toilet Training in Less Than a Day This one was recommended by my friend Miranda (whom I also adore). I’d had a pretty LONG toilet training process with Conner and I had LONG said that I would have preferred to re-birth him then to potty train him (and frankly, I still would — I mean, at least my husband would come to that — with potty training they give you a thumbs up and run out the door as fast as they can in the AM). However, I did this one with Spencer and it really helped. You can read my trials in my potty blog entries here.
Late add: The Ready-to-Read, Ready-to-Count Handbook Some of you have wondered how I got Spencer started reading so early, and while I think a great deal of it has to do with the time I spend with him, this is the book I used (this time, last time I used another book — with Conner). Anyway, I mostly liked how they have tiny stories after each lesson that the kids are able to read. They grow their confidence that way, and they are also making it fun by giving you ideas for activities. Good book.
Other books I love? Babywise (judge not, but it worked for me really worked for us, although I wasn’t quite the nazi he is), Helping Parents Practice (another goodie from Lara — it’s about piano practice, but there are a LOT of good tips for homework, and just helping your child improve in any area), and obviously for me The Book of Mormon is an invaluable tool as well as the Bible. I am SO thankful that they included insights into their family life. Knowing that Lehi had children who fought has meant a great deal to me. I appreciate that. Same with the stories of Cane and Able. All families have problems. It’s been that way forever. Doesn’t mean it’s not our job to try and stop them though, and I feel like reading up is at least something I can do to help.
Unlike Aphids, I’ve read EVERYTHING about how to get rid of them organically, and now I think I’m gonna go get the aphid killer this afternoon. Stupid bugs.