Have you ever read any parenting books?
Did you like or dislike them, and why?
When I was pregnant I read the What to Expect When You’re Expecting. I also have the What to Expect the Toddler Years & also baby months. Those books I think helped me a lot. Would definitely recommend those.
I hate to admit it, but I bought a book to help deal with my darling little brat! It’s called “Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline.” We were going through such a negative time, I was open to all suggestions! Things have gotten better, though I don’t know if it had anything to do with the book. (I would recommend the book if you’re in need of fresh ideas, though.) I also bought a highly recommended book on adoption, something like “20 things adoptees wish their adoptive parents knew.”
When I was young and childless, I loved reading parenting / child development stuff, but I always knew I would parent pretty much as my mom taught me. I read them mainly out of curiosity and partly to laugh at some of the silly ideas. You know, the ones that say children are so fragile, you must never tell them no, never let them think they are wrong, and God forbid you ever tap their precious little butts! That tantrums must be tolerated, how stupid kids are, and my favorite: the Freudian theory that your little girl is sexually infatuated with her dad. Ugh!!
I learned the basics of parenting by being a big sister and by babysitting – starting at age 9. By the time I was 20, I’d clocked more hours of childcare than many seasoned parents.
Not really. I did buy a few speciality books to address certain issues as they came up, but more for ideas than anything else. Was it helpful? Only a little.
The Love and Logic stuff has been helpful to me.
Only the “What to Expect when Expecting” one. I don’t need them so far…keeping my fingers crossed I won’t!
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