I’ve often been asked by friends what books I’ve liked and found useful since becoming a parent.
Now, I read a good many parenting advice books early on in my parenting journey, but eventually I had to stop. I understand that the authors want to sell their books, but the prevalent attitude of “if you don’t follow my amazing advice your kids will be monsters/lifelong insomniacs/psychopaths/delayed” drove me crazy, especially since the advice is sometimes conflicting. While I think you can take what you need from a book and leave the rest, there are only so many times you can read about sleep or discipline. And in my opinion, some books are just downright bad.
While there are a few couple of books that I think are incredibly helpful, I did want to mention one book that I would recommend without hesitation to anyone. I have turned to it quite frequently since having children and always have success when following the techniques. It even provides easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions to help you conquer the task/problem at hand. I usually feel so encouraged after using it, and it has even allowed me to laugh in the face of many mishaps What is this miracle book, you might ask?
I know it might seem ridiculous, but it’s an amazing book! Let’s face it: kids are incredibly messy, even when they’re being careful. And that mess can sometimes extend to the adult attire, too. While there are certainly clothing items that I don’t bother to worry about, I generally like to take care of our things and hate to see good clothes ruined (because, say, someone thought it was a good idea to let an 18-month-old play with a pen in the car). I really do think it feels great to conquer a tough stain, to know that while the trials of parenting might, at times, crush my spirit, they will not ruin our clothing. 🙂