I’m not big on reading.
I’m not proud of that statement, but it’s true. I’m very good at finding other activities to tackle in my downtime (writing, working on mini me papers, pinning things on Pinterest, house hunting, watching tv…gasp!, etc.). But this past week when I had my Mommy Vacation, I decided it was time to make a change.
I need to make reading a priority.
If I expect Abigail to love reading (which thankfully, she does), I need to set a good example. Luckily, Daddy has been setting a better example than Mommy. He’s really increased the amount he’s been reading over the past few months. First it was Pillars of the Earth, then it was a few other series, then followed the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo books, and now he’s obsessed with The Hunger Games series. I think it’s great!
For me, my biggest problem has always been finding books I truly enjoy. As much as I’d love to get lost in fantasy and in a story from another world, those types of books don’t do much for me.
Call me crazy, but I like manuals (including those that come with all of Abigail’s “gear”). I like reading facts. I enjoy studies. I find joy in learning from what other people (much smarter than me) have come to discover after years of tests.
I also enjoy reading about ways to improve my life (call me selfish if you want). Not so much “how to” books or “quick fix” books, but books that give me tools that I can apply to my life. A while back I talked about one of my favorite books, The Automatic Millionaire – thanks to that book, my savings and retirement accounts (along with those of 7x7xDaddy and Abigail’s college fund) are prospering without us even thinking about them. I can sit and read books that encourage good habits and changes like this all day long.
Now, as a parent, I’m finding that the books I enjoy most are the ones that will help me become even better at my job. I personally believe I have one of the most important jobs in the world – the job of raising little baby human beings to become super awesome adults. It’s a big job. And I’ll be the first to admit that I need help!
That’s where reading comes in.
My Dad introduced me to a book by the name of “Brain Rules for Baby” by John Medina. It took me months to read it, but I finished it yesterday (after reading 60% of it on my trip…I use percentages because I use my Kindle and/or my iPad when I read).
It is a brilliant book. There are so many takeaways and ideas that seem so simple but will take practice and dedication. According to the book’s website:
What’s the single most important thing you can do during pregnancy? How much TV is OK for a baby? What’s the best way to handle temper tantrums? Scientists know.
In his New York Times bestseller Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina showed us how our brains really work—and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools. Now, in Brain Rules for Baby, he bridges the gap between what scientists know and what parents practice. Just one of the surprises: The best way to get your children into college? Teach them impulse control.
You will view your children—and how to raise them—in a whole new light.You’ll learn:
- Where nature ends and nurture begins
- Why men should do more household chores
- What to do when emotions run hot
- The importance of your child’s ability to relate to others
- Smart and happy are inseparable in the brain
- The best predictor of academic performance
- The only parenting style proven to produce great kids
What you do right now—before pregnancy, during pregnancy, and through the first five years—will affect your children for the rest of their lives. Brain Rules for Baby is an indispensable guide.
It really is an indispensable guide. I plan on reading it again (and again). I will keep my Kindle and iPad close when I need some advice. I will encourage 7x7xDaddy to read it as well because as parents, we need to be on the same page.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who is thinking of having children, for anyone who is pregnant right now, and for anyone who already has kids running around…I bet you’ll learn something new.
And hey, if there are certain parenting tools that are backed by science that help mold smart and happy children, sign me up! I’m all ears!
I’m also all ears if you have other parenting book suggestions. I’m currently finishing another book (which I’ll write about when I’ve completed it), and I have two more downloaded on my Kindle. In my opinion, the more the merrier.
As parents, and as people, we can never stop learning!
7x7xMommy (now, officially, a reader!)