Monday, March 15, 2010

Age Appropriate Reading

Whether it's the rash case of eye-rolling, distinct wardrobe preferences or the fact that entire bags of Doritos are disappearing at alarming rates around our house, I can tell I've got a tween on my hands.

Part of me is absolutely thrilled that Jake is right on schedule with his new 'tude. (Any development is good development, right?) The rest of me, however, is terrified at the thought of any hormones (aside from my own, of course) running amok in our household.

So, I've been doing some research. That's what I call it when I am stretched out on my bed with a parenting book. Mom Research is a vital part of my job. And so what if I do it in my pj's with a couple of Mint Milanos nearby?

Here's what I've been reading:

A friend recommended this book to me years ago and I've read it several times. Each time I read with a whole new set of eyes and experiences and I devour each and every page. Dr. Latham perfectly combines scientific research with scriptural examples. He is completely positive and totally realistic.
Another friend recommended this one and I've loved it. Rosemond is no-nonsense, old-fashioned and empowering. His take: Teenagers probably won't like you sometimes. But did you like your parents when you were a teen? It makes me feel better.

Got teens? Grab these books, put on your pj's and start your research.

And don't forget the Mint Milanos!


Robin said...

I am thankful for every time my parents stuck to their guns and didn't let me slide or get away with stuff. It helps me be a good mom now and I know that my kids will love me later even if I won't let them go the party tonight.

Those books look very helpful!

the wrath of khandrea said...

your book recommendations are always right on. plus, i love old-fashioned, hard-nosed parenting. it makes sense to me.

and any excuse for a few mint milanos, right??

Annemarie said...

I need this. I need it BAD. Thank you!

...I think I NEED the mint milano's, too.

Lisa-Marie said...

i don't have teenagers yet but i have eye rolling. yikes. so, i just wrote down your suggestions and will be sure to read up! you can never start too early.

by the way, i just finished, the help, and i LOVED it! weren't you and jessica the two who recommended that book? oh, i cried and cried when it was over. i needed more.

Lauren in GA said...

Thank you so much. There has been some eye rolling 'round these parts.

I like the way you do your research. Next you can try some field research at your favorite department store.

Diane said...

When your girls are heading in this direction, or even earlier, I feel that Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher is a must read. I felt like I was reading about my own daughter in parts of the book.

Parenting Breakthrough by Merrilee Browne Boyack is excellent for growing children/teen parenting.

Rochelleht said...

That Latham book looks great!

Travelin'Oma said...

You LOVED your parents when you were a tween. (And of course, they loved your tweeny ways.) Good luck with this new stage of parenthood and kiss your confidence good-bye.

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