Tuesday, May 24, 2011

reading...



Beyond the Rainbow Bridge: Nurturing Our Children from Birth to Seven
by Barbara J.Patterson and Pamela Bradley.

This has been on my reading list for ages. I bought it at the local Steiner school fair on Sunday and finished devouring it today. I loved it even more than I thought I would. But it has left me thirsty for more. Next on my list is 'You are Your Child's First Teacher' by Rahima Baldwin Dancy.

I also want to read something about parenting boys in particular. Any recommendations? I know there is a book called "Raising Boys" but have a feeling this might be too mainstream for me. Thoughts and suggestions very much appreciated!

xo m.

13 comments:

madewithloveuk said...

My friend let me borrow this book and it was great - I dodn;t finish it but loved what I did read, sorry, no advice on other books but hope you find some good reading!

The Beetle Shack said...

this sounds great. I have read 'raising boys' and it is indeed mainstream but its a quick and easy read with a couple of pearls. I need constant reminding of what to expect from my young man, so in that sense it was good.

xo em

little gnome said...

great read, loved this book too. also half way through you are your childs first teacher - another great book. If you are interested in learning more about storytelling 'healing stories for challenging behaviour' is brilliant. (check out book depository if you haven't already) sorry no boys here, so nothing i can really offer on that front....

Michelle said...

Both those books are wonderful! Agree with little gnome - Healing Stories is a great book, and you would love Heaven on Earth by Sharifa Oppenheimer, though it's not specific to boys. A book I did love was Wild Things: THe Art of Nurturing Boys ;; really nailed a lot of Hugo's behaviour and helped me to understand the different stages he's going through.

Jgee said...

Raising Boys may be considered 'mainstream', but there are some wonderful insights that resonated with me and all my friends who have read it. Biddulph also references lots of other resources which would be handy.

Bron said...

Although marketed to the mainstream, Raising Boys is coming from a more gentle, attachment parenting perspective. I quite like it, and although not on the Steiner wavelength, it has some supportive and insightful ideas. Biddulph has been criticised over the years for his views, most recently with his book criticising childcare for under 3's and it's impact on emotional development / intelligence.
I really enjoyed 'You are Your Child's first Teacher', minus the 'interesting' breastfeeding info - very outdated. Overall wonderful though :)

Tania said...

I have this book on our shelves too and you're reminder is timely. It's post-sick kid attitude all 'round in these parts. I reckon I need some calm and some grounding...

momma rae said...

rainbow bridge and your child's first teacher are both books i keep multiple copies of in my parent library at school. both wonderful! i was hoping to find a boy recommendation in the comments, sorry i don't have one specific to boys. *simplicity parenting* by kim john payne is a wonderful resource to be noted, though not specific to boys. happy reading! ;)

rianz said...

I recommend Raising Boys too! While it may be considered "mainstream" Steve Biddulph is clearly a gentle, beautiful soul and an attachment parenting style advocate. He references anecdotes and tips from other cultures too. I learnt lots about my son reading this book (never having had any brothers!), and what to possibly expect. His "Manhood" book is also a powerful exploration of the changing role of men in our society. Brought my husband to tears while reading it!

Amy said...

Thanks for this post. I'm going to pick up a couple of these titles.
Happy days. xx

messyfish said...

I read beyond the rainbow bridge book early on, and it really shaped my parenting. I am glad you are reading it!
This is not boy specific, but I highly recommend "parenting for a peaceful world", and heart to heart parenting", both by Robin Grille. They are brilliant. He is a sydney based author, so I imagine they would both be in the library??

Anonymous said...

Have a look at anything by Robin Grille too..

joanna said...

Absolutely anything by Robin Grille. Raising Boys is far too mainstream and all about dads and boys in a very stereotypical way - also he gives some really strange advice re shyness which basically is all about shaming your child!!

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