Parenting Recent Picks for April

Here’s another fantastic and diverse selection of parenting books for this month. I’m particularly interested in Pirates and Pompoms – autumn seems to have finally arrived so it’s a good time to think about some inside crafty activities!

Syndetics book coverSewing for your girls : easy instructions for dresses, smocks and frocks / Yoshiko Tsukiori
“Yoshiko Tsukiori’s sewing books provide elegant casual designs for women and children and have made her one of the most popular names in the sew-it-yourself craze. Tsukiori provides easy-to-follow instructions (in English) and shares the basic techniques for creating all the classic elements of little girls’ clothes.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNot in your genes : the real reasons children are like their parents / Oliver James.
“Using a mixture of famous and ordinary people, Oliver James drills deep down into the childhood causes of our individuality, revealing why our upbringing, not our genes, plays such an important role in our wellbeing and success. Not in Your Genes will not only change the way you think about yourself and the people around you, but give you the fuel to change your personality and your life for the better.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe busy parent’s guide to raising super healthy kids / Nicole Monteforte and Shane Byrne.
“In the busy world we live in, families are finding it increasingly difficult to sustain a healthy lifestyle, schedule time for the family to exercise, and on top of that, cook healthy and nutritional meals at home within a budget. The Busy Parent’s Guide to Raising Super Healthy Kids will explain how you can interact with your child and lead by example. Follow the easy daily exercises that can be done either in the home or garden, and use the food plans to help you structure your day and your week, and be able to provide tasty, healthy food for your kids.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPirates & pompoms : how to make children’s toys and costumes / Stella Bee & Jemma Bell.
“Follow a few simple steps to create handmade costumes, toys and props and you’ll keep children entertained with make-believe pirate, forest-animal and circus worlds all day long. Only basic cutting, sticking and sewing skills are required. Perfect for crafty adults looking for holiday activities that will keep little ones happy and busy.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTalking Baby: How To Help Your Child Discover Language.
“This book starts by describing a baby’s language development alongside their physical development in the first 18 months. It also explores childrens’ very early acquisition of words, and how they use them, and it covers the exciting development when a child can put two words together and talk about more complicated things. Lastly it looks at the variety in children’s progress with language which can involve particular stages, such as saying “no” and asking lots of questions.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverUnmumsy Mum.
“The Unmumsy Mum writes candidly about motherhood like it really is: the messy, maddening, hilarious reality, how there is no “one size fits all”¬†approach and how it is sometimes absolutely fine to not know what you are doing. The lessons she’s learnt while grappling with two small boys “from birth to teething, 3am night feeds to toddler tantrums, soft play to toilet training”¬†will have you roaring with laughter and taking great comfort in the fact that it’s definitely not just you.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBringing Baby Home.
“Mothercraft Nurse Christine Minogue’s philosophy of time, space and getting to know your baby has empowered thousands of families to trust their parenting instincts. Bringing Baby Home brings together the detailed information from her 30 years of experience, including: clear and concise ‘cheat sheets’ on feeding and sleeping for every age, with suggestions for daily rhythms; practical advice on connecting with your baby, and nurturing relationships between siblings; simple and encouraging tips for diverse modern families, including information on adoption, surrogacy, fostering, babies with special needs, and older first-time parents.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Children’s picture book pick:

Syndetics book coverLittle One
“Spring is here and new life is stirring. There is so much for Big Bear to teach her new cub as they step out into the forest. With Big Bear’s help, Little One grows more and more confident, until winter comes once more and it’s time to head home. With gentle text and stunning black and white illustrations, Jo Weaver reveals the wonder of nature, the first steps of independence, and the strength of parental love.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)