Another great selection of parenting books this month. My pick is 100 family adventures by Tim Meek, which compiles a range of outdoor activites for kids and categorises them according to location and difficulty. (The Meeks already have a successful blog, so the book is just building on this). It’s called a handbook for family adventures, which sounds great and just might inspire me to get out and about a bit more with my family this winter!
Peaceful parent, happy siblings : how to stop the fighting and raise friends for life / Dr. Laura Markham.
“As any parent of more than one child knows, though, it’s challenging for even the most engaged parent to maintain harmony and a strong connection when competition, tempers, and irritation run high. In this highly anticipated guide, Dr. Markham presents simple yet powerful ways to cut through the squabbling and foster a loving, supportive bond between siblings, while giving each child the vital connection that he or she needs.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Teaching kids to think : raising confident, independent, & thoughtful children in an age of instant gratification / Darlene Sweetland, PhD, Ron Stolberg, PhD.
“ In Teaching Kids to Think , Dr. Darlene Sweetland and Dr. Ron Stolberg offer insight into the social, emotional, and neurological challenges unique to this generation. They identify the five parent traps that cause adults to unknowingly increase their children’s need for instant gratification, and offerpractical tips and easy-to-implement solutions to address topics relevant to children of all ages.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Stitch, wear, play : 20 charming patterns for boys & girls / Mariko Nakamura.
“Stylish, yet practical sewing patterns for playful young ones. Hop, skip and jump your way through over 20 practical and stylish clothing designs for children ages 3-8. This year-round collection was designed with active boys and girls in mind, and includes shirts, dresses, skirts, pants, jackets and charming accessories. The cuts are classic and the fabrics are kid-friendly cotton, linen, knits, and fleece.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Raising the shy child : a parent’s guide to social anxiety : advice for helping kids make friends, speak up, and stop worrying / Christine Fonseca.
“The fear of being judged by others in social activities is a common human experience, especially during childhood. But when the fear becomes all-consuming, it can disrupt daily functioning and the development of social competency. Raising the Shy Child: A Parent’s Guide to Social Anxiety takes a fresh look at social anxiety disorder, coupling the latest in research trends with evidence-based strategies and real-world stories to untangle the complexities of this disorder.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
100 family adventures / [Tim Meek… et al.].
“100 Family Adventures provides a valuable resource bank of tried and tested outdoor activities to enjoy with children, swapping ‘screen time’ for ‘green time’. Particularly inspiring for people who want to get started, but don’t know how, the book shows how any family, anywhere in the country, can enjoy time together outdoors. Activities are grouped into themes: Woodland, Water, Close to Home, Hills and Mountains, Exploring, By the Sea, Extreme Weather.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)