Books That Will Change the Way You Parent

I know you’ve spent the whole day chasing your kid around trying to change their diaper, getting wet with milk leaking out of the sippy, leaky cloth diapers and tepid bath water. You’re probably too worn out by the end of the day to muster up energy for any activity other than falling into your unmade bed. For those nights when you do have the strength and interest to learn, you want to make those moments count. Here are some books that are both entertaining and inspiring to cozy up with in the half an hour you have before you lay down and look at facebook for 10 minutes before turning out the light.

Home Grown by Ben Hewitt. This book is so mind-blowingly awesome and refreshing. Ben Hewitt basically sums up the way I felt about school and why the system is fucked up and how to break free. Literally and figuratively.

French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon. What I avoided reading for a long time because I thought it would be a dry read going over all the unattainable rules scrawled on the back cover turned out to be a very funny, relatable and fascinating account of a working mom in a foreign country who had to figure shit out! It changed the way I think about food, mealtimes, nutrition and even my own subconscious cultural assumptions.

Home Away From Home by Cynthia Aldinger and Mary O’Connell. Sometimes the Waldorf World at large seems so heavenly and blissful that it is just unbelievable (not to mention unbelievably expensive) and unattainable. But these ladies really strip caring for children down to the roots, and hold your hand lovingly as they reveal how having a reverence for childhood can make caregiving enjoyable and doable. Especially helpful for the mamas who have multiple kiddos of different ages.

No Bad Kids by Janet Lansbury. Y’all know Janet is a rockstar to me. She is the unofficial spokesperson for RIE who was a student of Magda Gerber herself. This book is funny, practical and absolutely heartwarming. A simple and relevant read if you have a baby or toddler. I can’t say enough good things about it!

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