What I’m Reading – April

Every month or two I’m going to post a few recommendations/critiques of the parenting books I’ve been reading. Get in touch if you think there’s anything I should look into or that you think I’d enjoy!

There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather by Linda Åkeson McGurk

More memoir than parenting manual, I found There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather an inspiring read. Linda Åkeson McGurk summarises each chapter with a parenting tip at the end and then condenses the messages of the book into a manifesto at the end, which you can read at her website here if you’re short on time! The first thing I did when I finished the book was order Lefty Baby a puddlesuit, to help us get out of the house even in the dampest of Great British weather! Our commitment to being outside with LB now feels stronger than ever, just in time for our forest holiday in the Peak District!

Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne

The message of simplicity in this book is an excellent reminder to me whenever I feel like I should be ‘doing more’ with LB. I’ve made a conscious effort to simplify our environment and routine so that LB can enjoy an unhurried, calm and creative childhood. There are lots of points to consider in Simplicity Parenting and some of the chapters are more relevant for when LB is a little older. Though the book is US-centric, I recognised many of the problems Payne dissects from my time in the classroom. Overall, it was a fantastic read with an important message.

The Happiest Kids in the World by Rina Mae Acosta and Michele Hutchinson

I’m slowly but surely making my way around Northern Europe in terms of reading about how the Scandinavians/the Dutch parent. I really enjoyed The Happiest Kids in the World. I found each chapter interesting and liked reading how each of the two authors compared life in the Netherlands with their UK/US origins, particularly the UK as I can obviously relate a lot to what was said. I also have a Dutch friend and saw a lot of her and her laid-back style in these pages! Acosta and Hutchinson provided a lot of food for thought, particularly about schooling/testing and how it’s done in the UK.

I’m about to start The Gardener and the Carpenter and Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting. Are there any parenting books you’d recommend?

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