Parenting Recent Picks for December

An eclectic assortment of books this month, covering all sorts of topics. I think you’ll certainly find something to keep you interested and occupied over the Christmas holiday break!

Syndetics book coverStitch, wear, play : 20 charming patterns for boys & girls / Mariko Nakamura.
“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. Delicate details and impeccable finishing complete the look, making all sewing projects look like they were purchased from a trendy boutique.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAwesome cakes for kids / editor Pamela Clark.
“The Australian Women’s Weekly is world-famous for its colourful, easy-to-create, imaginative and crazy kids’ birthday cakes, with generations having fond memories of eagerly selecting their chosen cake before each year’s birthday celebration. Continuing this tradition, Awesome Cakes for Kids¬†brings the magic to a new generation eager to festoon their parties with fondant creepy crawlies, exploratory spacemen, fire-breathing dragons and cuddly cats.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPlanet parent : the world’s best ways to bring up your children / Mark Woods.
“In his unique, witty and informative style, Mark Woods sets off on an international adventure to discover if any country has found the secret to great parenting (or at least found out how to make the little ones eat their broccoli) and if we can learn a little something from each other. Planet Parent explores whether mums and dads elsewhere have better potty training techniques than us, if the twos are terrible everywhere and whether all parents feel this knackered.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMama tried : dispatches from the seamy underbelly of modern parenting / Emily Flake.
“New Yorker cartoonist Emily Flake relates the hilarious horrors of pregnancy, birth, and early parenting in this funny, poignant, and beautifully illustrated book. With incredible honesty, Flake tackles everything from morning sickness to sleep training, shedding much needed light on the gnarly realities of breastfeeding, child proofing, mommy groups, and every unrealistic expectation in between.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe first five years : from birth to primary school, understand and encourage your child’s development / Philippa Kaye.
“Why do toddlers throw food on the floor again and again so that they can watch you pick it up? What’s the best way to help a child learn to walk? When does a child understand the word ‘no’? Babies and toddlers are fascinating and changing all the time. Each month brings with it a breakthrough in new skills and abilities. Each chapter explores the developmental areas for each age band, checklists for development and ways to stimulate these skills.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverParenting Made Easy: The Early Years
Parenting Made Easy: The Early Years provides ideas for your bag of tricks that have worked for thousands of families to foster children’s positive self-identity. The strategies advocated promote positive nurturing relationships while equipping parents with skills to manage problem behaviour. Children, by virtue of being children, will make behavioural errors and so it is the job of parents to love and believe in them and to model and teach respectful communication. Such authoritative parenting is characterised by firm, warm, expectations with clear limit setting while encouraging independent thinking and displaying unconditional love.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChanging our secondary schools / Bali Haque.
“This is a powerful critique of two decades of educational reform in New Zealand, from an educator who was deeply involved. It is also a provocative call for action. Bali Haque has been both a secondary school principal required to implement reform and a senior public servant in the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) tasked with pushing through changes. In a final future pathways section, the author sets out his proposals to address the problems and concerns raised throughout the book. With clearly defined topics and summaries in each chapter, this is an accessible and absorbing read.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Children’s book pick:

Syndetics book coverClick, clack, ho! ho! ho!.
“Santa comes to the barnyard in this holiday addition to the award-winning Click, Clack series. It’s the night before Christmas and all through the farm, not a creature is stirring, not even a…duck? Farmer Brown is busy decorating his home in preparation for Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve! All seems calm in the barnyard, but Farmer Brown isn’t the only one who is getting ready. Once again, Duck has gotten the whole barnyard STUCK in quite a predicament! Will anyone be able to un-stuck Duck and save Christmas?” (Syndetics summary)