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November 21st, 2005, 05:12 PM
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So we talk enough about fiction. Let's discuss the parenting books we've read and how they've influenced our parenting decisions.

The only book I really read was "The Happiest Baby on the Block". I loved it. I started reading it when David was about 2 months and he seemed to have colic. Although we started following the book's suggestions a bit late, David went from sleeping 2-3 hours to 5-6 by the time he was 2.5 month. He slept the whole night by the time he was 5 months.
So that's really the only book I swear by. I tried reading a book from a doctor who follows Ferber and it didn't work for me. Not that I have anything against Ferber, but I think you need lots of discipline and patience to follow it. It's just not for me. I just followed the part about the strict bedtime routine and that's all I needed to turn David into a good sleeper.

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November 21st, 2005, 06:53 PM
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I don't read a lot of parenting books.......
With my son, I have read a lot books about ADD and that sorta thing....

Right now I am reading "What to expect when expecting"....
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November 22nd, 2005, 09:28 AM
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November 25th, 2005, 12:44 PM
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Originally posted by JuneBug2006@Nov 21 2005, 09:53 PM
I don't read a lot of parenting books.......
With my son, I have read a lot books about ADD and that sorta thing....

Right now I am reading "What to expect when expecting"....
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I don't know, but I hated reading "What to expect..." I got the impression that they just kept telling me everything that could go wrong each month. It was unnerving for me. I stopped reading it by the second trimester
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November 26th, 2005, 05:35 AM
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I love all the books by Dr. William Sears (The Pregnancy Book, The Baby Book, The Breastfeeding Book, The Birth Book). He has such a warm writing style, and he really respects mothers and babies. These books are awesome.

I tried reading "What to Expect" and hated it. But, I'm more of an "attachment" type parent....and felt "what to expect" spoke down to parents (I also disagree with a lot of their information). Try one of Dr. Sears books if you want to feel like you have a friend and mentor through the pregnancy/birth/parenting process.
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November 26th, 2005, 07:41 AM
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I love all the books by Dr. William Sears (The Pregnancy Book, The Baby Book, The Breastfeeding Book, The Birth Book).* He has such a warm writing style, and he really respects mothers and babies.* These books are awesome.

I tried reading "What to Expect" and hated it.* But, I'm more of an "attachment" type parent....and felt "what to expect" spoke down to parents (I also disagree with a lot of their information).* Try one of Dr. Sears books if you want to feel like you have a friend and mentor through the pregnancy/birth/parenting process.
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Very well said. I could have written your post myself! Dr. Sears is wonderful.

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January 12th, 2006, 08:42 PM
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Here's a parenting book that was recently recommended to me. I haven't read it yet, but it looks very interesting: http://www.unconditionalparenting.com/up/

Has anyone here read it?
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January 13th, 2006, 09:42 AM
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I just finished "Happiest Toddler on teh Block" and I found it very helpful. It's along the lines of my own parenting style (no spanking, time-outs, etc). The technique described there feels a little wierd at first, but the first time I tried it when David was throwing a tantrum because he didn't want his diaper changed, it worked wonders. In a minute he was happily lying down and didn't fuss while I did my thing. The same thing happened one day when he wanted to watch "The Lion King" like for the gazillionth time and I really felt like murdering Simba if I heard "Circle of Life" on more time
Many people got offended by this book because the author says little toddlers are "knee-high Neanderthals". Well, I do have to say that whoever got offended by this hasn't dealt with that many toddlers During a tantrum, you can picture David in a Bam-Bam costume and yes, he's my little Flintstone

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January 14th, 2006, 11:55 AM
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I have read more pregnancy books than parenting. I have read a ton of pregnancy books. What to expect is not one of my favorites but I still find it useful. As for parenting books, I have not actually read that many. I did buy Parenting with Love and Logic after it was recommended. I like some of their ideas but not all. I have read some of Elizabeth Pantley's excerpts that we have here on JM. I really like her ideas more than anyone else's that I have read. I think I am a mix of more than one parenting style. I would like to read more parenting books actually because I like to hear different ideas. I usually read them take what I like from them and leave the rest. KWIM?

I also think that different things work with different kids so using more than one parenting style or listening to different ideas is good. My kids are very different.

Just my thoughts.
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January 14th, 2006, 05:21 PM
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I also think that different things work with different kids so using more than one parenting style or listening to different ideas is good. My kids are very different.

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Couldn't agree more. Parenting isn't like baking a cake. You need some basics and common sense, but ultimately you have to react according to each child. I think there are a lot of "theories" out there nowadays and it can be very dangerous to devote yourself to just one 100%. Not long ago (on another board) I read a post by a woman who was falling into the most horrible depression and was feeling like a total failure because she was doing everything Dr. Sears said and it wasn't working. Instead of realizing that maybe her child needed a different approach, she felt SHE was the one screwing up. Someone recommended her a different book which was a "lighter" version of AP and in a couple of months she was a completely different person- much more optimistic, less stressed.

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January 27th, 2006, 03:21 PM
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Um, I've never actually read it but I've heard really good things about "Baby Wise." ?
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January 27th, 2006, 09:03 PM
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Um, I've never actually read it but I've heard really good things about "Baby Wise." ?[/b]

Oh NOOOOO! I've heard terrible things about that book. In fact, they had to make some revisions after the author was raked over the coals because so many babies of people who followed his advice ended up with failure to thrive. It seems like people who like this book take the attitude that babies need to be controlled by their parents at all time - their sleeping, eating and play time is scheduled very strictly without regard to the baby's needs. I think babies are people with feelings of their own, so this philosophy really doesn't float my boat.
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