Storytime for Mom

 

 

 

 

 

This morning we had a great playdate at Barnes and Nobles at Northpark Mall with a Valentine’s day theme, a fabulous lunch afterwards at Chick-Fil-A and a fun time passing out valentines to all our friends!!!

Who doesn’t love story time right??

Well how about some reads for Mom as well! I think so there is nothing better (in my opinion) than curling up with a good book and falling deep into the context of the book.  I want to tell you I don’t read as much since Harper has arrived but I still cherish the time that I am able to dive into a new book! Here a few mommy reads that I recommend!

Loving The Little Years: Motherhood In The Trenches

I didn’t write this book because mothering little ones is easy for me. I wrote it because it isn’t. I know that this is a hard job, because I am right here in the middle of it. I know you need encouragement because I do too. This is not a tender reminiscence from someone who had children so long ago that she only remembers the sweet parts. At the time of writing this, I have three children in diapers, and I can recognize the sound of hundreds of toothpicks being dumped out in the hall. This is a small collection of thoughts on mothering young children for when you are motivated, for when you are discouraged, for the times when discipline seems fruitless, and for when you are just plain old tired. The opportunities for growth abound here but you have to be willing. You have to open your heart to the tumble. As you deal with your children, deal with yourself always and first. This is what it looks like, and feels like, to walk as a mother with God.

 

 

 

Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets To Get Your Kids Eating Good Food

It has become common knowledge that childhood obesity rates are increasing every year. But the rates continue to rise. And between busy work schedules and the inconvenient truth that kids simply refuse to eat vegetables and other healthy foods, how can average parents ensure their kids are getting the proper nutrition and avoiding bad eating habits?

As a mother of three, Jessica Seinfeld can speak for all parents who struggle to feed their kids right and deal nightly with dinnertime fiascos. As she wages a personal war against sugars, packaged foods, and other nutritional saboteurs, she offers appetizing alternatives for parents who find themselves succumbing to the fastest and easiest (and least healthy) choices available to them. Her modus operandi? Her book is filled with traditional recipes that kids love, except they’re stealthily packed with veggies hidden in them so kids don’t even know! With the help of a nutritionist and a professional chef, Seinfeld has developed a month’s worth of meals for kids of all ages that includes, for example, pureed cauliflower in mac and cheese, and kale in spaghetti and meatballs. She also provides revealing and humorous personal anecdotes, tear–out shopping guides to help parents zoom through the supermarket, and tips on how to deal with the kid that “must have” the latest sugar bomb cereal.

 

The 5 Love Languages of Children

Does your child speak a different language’ Sometimes they wager for your attention, and other times they ignore you completely. Sometimes they are filled with gratitude and affection, and other times they seem totally indifferent. Attitude. Behavior. Development. Everything depends on the love relationship between you and your child. When children feel loved, they do their best. But how can you make sure your child feels loved’ Since 1992, Dr. Gary Chapman’s best-selling book The 5Love Languages has helped millions of couples develop stronger, more fulfilling relationships by teaching them to speak each others’ love language. Each child, too, expresses and receives love through one of five different communication styles. And your love language may be totally different from that of your child. While you are doing all you can to show your child love, he may be hearing it as something completely opposite. Discover your child’s primary language and learn what you can do to effectively convey unconditional feelings of respect, affection, and commitment that will resonate in your child’s emotions and behavior.

 

About Erin H.

Erin H. is the wife to Joe and momma to Harper (October 2011). When she isn't playing the wife/mom role she loves to read a good book, spend time with friends and family, and sip on a glass of wine. Erin came to the QC from the burbs of Chicago and has loved the journey of making the QC her home. You can read more about Erin on her personal blog.

3 Responses to Storytime for Mom

  1. Marie F. February 6, 2012 at 8:25 PM #

    Story time was great and so are these recommendations! Thanks Erin!

  2. Hannah C. February 6, 2012 at 9:18 PM #

    Juliet and I had a great time today! Can’t wait to read these recommended books. Thanks for a fun playdate!

  3. Devon February 6, 2012 at 10:07 PM #

    Erin,
    The event was great!!! Thanks for the mommy recommendations!

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