May in Books

June 5, 2016

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This months image for my month in books post is a little different.  I can’t help but share this little picture of Rafa and I reading one of his (seemingly) favourite books (Art for Baby). We’ve been looking at lots of different books together and it’s one of my favourite parts of our day. In terms of my own reading I don’t have a lot to report other than I managed to read four books in May – three of them related to parenting. I don’t rely on books too heavily to help with the parenting journey but I think it’s how I’m wired. When I’m in doubt I reach for a book, a journal article – I consult the literature. I don’t think I’m going to kick that habit any time soon either.

1. The Happiest Baby on the Block – Harvey Karp | This is one of the best books I’ve read about parenting and newborns. Patrick and I both got into it and have a copy of The Happiest Toddler on the Block for when Rafa reaches that stage. After reading about Karp’s take on the fourth trimester and his five suggestions for settling babies my interactions with Rafa changed dramatically. I can’t recommend this book more.

2. Creativity Inc – Ed Catmull | Alongside the parenting books it was refreshing reading Creativity Inc. While addressing how to “overcome the unseen forces that stand in the way of true inspiration” the book documented the history of computer animation for movies and the development of Pixar and their movies. It addressed leadership styles and challenges as well as offering insightful processes to help spark and maintain creativity.

3. The Tao of Motherhood – Vimala McClure | I bought the kindle version of this book after coming across a few quotes from it that really resonated with me. The book contains short verses that you can reflect on during the early morning feeds, or moments of utter frustration or despair. Here’s something that I’ve been thinking about lately from it: “Life with children is naturally noisy. Can you find the silence within the noise? Can you feel the peace within the turmoil?”

4. Secrets of the Baby Whisperer – Tracy Hogg | My least favourite parenting book as yet. I picked it up at the op-shop as I’ve noticed it appears on many mum’s ‘must read’ lists. Sadly, I can’t say it’s been useful for me and my family. I can’t pinpoint exactly what it was about it but I just didn’t connect with her work and when I tried a few of the tips all hell broke lose with my little one.

Things have really settled down with Rafa now and while I can’t say I won’t be reading any more parenting books, I’ve already begun June with a couple of great non-parenting reads and can’t wait to share them with you!

For the parents out there – have you got any recommendations? Anything you found useful? Or entertaining? 

For the non-parents – what have I missed? What are your favourite reads at the moment? 

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