Reading A Lot

My camera is still broken. I’m not sure when I’ll get it fixed. I’m not blogging for the kids until I replace it. I won’t be blogging here as much until it is replaced. Not sure when that will be. But I have been reading bunches!

Peeps by Scott Westerfeld

After reading Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras, I had to see what else Scott Westerfeld had in his head. Turns out, it is vampires! This is a non-sparkly vampire story. In fact, this is vampires portrayed as the innocent contractors of a parasite. Yep. Lots of gross parasitic information between these pages, and I like it. I know, who likes parasites? Well, science geeks do, I guess. In this book, a carrier of the parasite seeks to send those he unknowingly infected to a treatment facility, but finds himself in the middle of something much bigger and stranger than it seemed.

This is a young adult book, so here is the nitty gritty for parents. There is no foul language that I can recall. There are gory details of parasitic infestation (the real kind, hookworms and such). There is a lot of talk of sex and wanting sex. In the story, one way the parasite is transmitted is by sexual contact. That fact is mentioned often. Sex outside of marriage is a common theme in the book. However, to the author’s credit, there are no details of any sexual encounters- just the mentioning that such encounters did occur. Add another STD to the book- have sex outside of marriage and you might become a vampire.

Steady Days by Jamie C. Martin

This book is a very quick read. It is broken down into 40 very small chapters, 1 to 3 pages each. This book offers practical insight to providing our children a steady life. You maintain a flexible schedule to optimize your performance as their mother and provide them some stability. I do wish the book was a bit longer, going into more detail in some areas. But this is an encouraging and uplifting book.

The best insight I gleaned from the book is that I am the expert when it comes to raising my children. Too many times, I’ve read a book from an expert telling my what to do. This book give me the tools to do my best, whatever my best might be. Whatever my plan, it is my plan. Only I know my children and my family, so only I know what they’ll like and what will benefit them the most.

It was also extremely encouraging to read that the author is the mother of 3 preschoolers. I find that most “experts” in parenting are older- they’ve raised their children- they are done. It is refreshing to find a young expert. It gives me confidence in myself, because if she can be an expert at this stage, so can I. I would consider this book a “must read” for stay-at-home moms (and even working moms).

Ask Supernanny by Jo Frost

I know you’ve probably seen the show Supernanny. I have seen the show a few times, and that is why I bought this book. It exceeded my expectations. I have read a lot of parenting books. I’m sure some of you have me beat, but I’ve read quite a few. I was expecting some simple demonstration of her “Naughty Seat” technique and maybe one or two others. What I got was a book FULL of various techniques for the various issues that arise in raising children. I can say her “Back to Bed Technique” worked immediately with my trouble sleeper (Aidan). It also puts many of the issues into a much better perspective so you can better handle the issue.

I will say, I’m now extremely curious about baby care in Europe. From this book, it seems to be different from the baby care we are taught (or pick up) here. I’d like to know more about this aspect of her parenting advice. I am more than a little confused by her advice to completely wean a 9 month old. I’m intrigued by her advice to not make the move to a “big boy bed” before 3, even if they are climbing out of the crib. I’d like to know more about her position on certain baby care techniques before I come to any conclusions about them. Maybe it is just one of those slight cultural differences between Europe and America. I think I’m going to buy her baby care book to find out more!

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