Sunday, March 8, 2009

Mama's Reading - Out of the Mouths of Babes

Parenting books generally scare me. I've realized that there are 1001 different professional opinions out there that will tell you 1001 different strategies, that if executed right; will yield "prefect child results". You and I both know that this is not true. These books stress me out and easily make me feel like a failure when they don't work for me and my family.

Author Dyan Eybergen understands that when it comes to children, "one size fits all" parenting does not work. In her new book, Out of the Mouths of Babes: Parenting from a Child's Perspective
she works to teach us that each kid is unique, and needs unique - tailor made parenting.

Out of the Mouths of Babes: Parenting from a Child's Perspective is an informative 8 chapters that will help parents understand what it feels like to be a child, what a child's eye view on the world is; and how to use this knowledge in our parenting technique.

Using her experiences as a parent of 3 boys, educator, pediatric nurse and therapist, Dyan Eyebergen tackles tough issues like sleeping through the night, potty training, meal time and sibling rivalry (just to name a few).

I love the funny stories Dyan tells from her real-life experience and the hilarious quotes strait out of the mouth of children she's worked with. One of my favorite quotes came in the chapter that discusses sibling rivalry and conflict resolution:

"Mommy, what did I do so wrong to cause you to have two more babies"
~spoken by 7 year old

After reading this book, I feel like I've been given a sneak peak into the mind of my 4 year old. I now have a better understanding how it feels when she is afraid at night, how it feels to be forced to eat all her dinner, and just how humiliating it must be to have an accident in her pants.

I really liked this book. In my opinion, it's a quick read and is appropriate for both the new parents and seasoned parent.

Special thanks goes out to Mother Talk for this fun book review.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the suggestion--I need some new light reading.


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