My Favorite, Fabulous Finds For:
If you're a parent, here are my favorite, fabulous finds that you don't want to be without! These also make great gifts for young parents too! (Think- baby shower, birthday, Christmas, etc.)
Books for Moms AND Dads:
On Laying the Foundation for a Good Education...
The Read-Aloud Handbook,
by Jim Trelease-
Buy it, read it, live it! EVERY parent should read this book! It makes a wonderful gift to parents, and it's an unbeatable resource for understanding the changes we all need to make at home to help encourage a love of reading and learning in our children. It also examines the differences in home life between children who excel and those who lag behind. Regardless of income level, your home environment and habits are the hugest determining factor in how easy and naturally your child will learn new things. This is highly recommended for any parent whose children are school age or younger! It also makes a great baby shower gift. I can't recommend it highly enough.
For the Children's Sake, by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay-
This book helps home schooling and public schooling parents alike to think outside the box of standardized schooling to realize what education can and should be for your children, and how you can attain it. A highly recommended read (not just for home schoolers!) that will help parents learn how to implement Charlotte Mason's ideas into your home life.
Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy
by Marc Weissbluth, M.D.-
This is a fabulous reference that helps parents to understand and advocate a healthy sleep schedule for their child. I hesitate to use the word "schedule" because it's not strict in the sense of adhering to the clock regardless of the child's behavior. It explains how to read your child's cues to determine his optimum sleep times, and then how to help get him to sleep. I appreciate that he explains the various different options and how they work... meaning that if crying-it-out is necessary and you're willing to try it, then he explains how to get through it. If, however, you wish to employ no-cry methods, he explains how to best use those, as well as a few in-between options. Basically, he tells what works best and how to do it, but if you're uncomfortable with a particular method, he gives alternate options that you can use as well so you're sure to find one that not only works, but is something you're comfortable doing, regardless of your parenting style.
Not only is this a great help when your infant is learning to sleep through the night, but it educates parents of the health impacts of healthy and unhealthy sleep patterns for children of all ages. It helps you to understand how much sleep your child needs at any given age, and how that child's health, attention, and even learning capacity is affected when he doesn't receive healthy sleep. This is a great resource!!!
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children's Vaccinations, by Stephanie Cave, M.D., F.A.A.F.P with Deborah Mitchell-
This one is rather self-explanatory by the title. If you want to educate yourself about children's vaccines in order to determine for yourself which vaccines are necessary for your children, and which ones may or may not be worth the risk, this book is for you. She gives pros & cons of each recommended vaccine, the history behind it, and lots of valuable information to help you make the most informed decision possible.
Books Just For Dads:
King Me: What Every Son Wants & Needs From His Father, by Steve Farrar-
"Using kings of the Old Testament as character studies, Steve Farrar examines the critical role a father plays in preparing his son to become a godly man. What separated the good kings from the bad kings was a father who made time commitments to mentor his son, by modeling biblical manhood. Do you want your son to become a man of regal character? Then this book is for you!" (quote from product description)
Books Just for Moms:
On Child Rearing...
The Mother at Home,
by John S.C. Abbott-
This book was particularly written for the stay-at-home-mom, and was first published in 1833. The fact that it's still in print should tell you that many a mother have found this book to be of help to them and recommended it to others. It's so full of little gems that to gleam all you can from it you'll probably end up reading it more than once over the years. It offers guidance through successful parenting practices, and is full of practical advice for running a successful home, having good children, and avoiding common parenting mistakes. I find it refreshing that it was written before people were scared to discipline their kids, and it's a helpful encouragement for Moms not to slack in our important job because by doing so we only heap up more trouble for the years to come.
Training Up a Child, by Gwendolyn M. Webb-
This book was recommended to me while I was pregnant, and I soaked it up like a sponge. It is an EXCELLENT resource for any Mom interested in raising respectful, obedient children who love and respect their Creator. It is probably the best book I've read in terms of practical advice for the every day job of being a Mom.
This makes a great gift for any mom or mom-to-be!
I can't recommend it highly enough. Unfortunately, it's hard to get your hands on a new copy, so you'll probably have to buy a used copy. But trust me, it's worth it.
Every Child Should Have a Chance, by Leila Daughtry-Denmark, M.D.
See my page about Dr. Denmark for more info about this impressive woman and her book!
I received my copy of this book (and you can too) by sending
Dr. Leila D. Denmark
150 Morton Avenue
Athens, GA 30605...
And she even signed it for me :)
Eat, Play, and Be Healthy, by W. Allan Walker, M.D.-
This book is the sequal to Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating The first book showed that current national guidelines represented in the USDA Food pyramid are flawed, being influenced by business interests and out of date research, and presented the healthy eating pyramid instead. This one is written for healthy eating in children's diets from birth to age eight, and is a must-read for any parent!
Cuteness for Little Boys:
Bow Ties for Little Guys!!!
Handcrafted by myself :)
Why let girls have all the fun? If you have any little guys in your life, please check out my online shop!
• Screen it: very thorough entertainment reviews for parents (they offer a paid subscription, but you can use it for free- just scroll to the bottom of the page & check no thanks)
• Kids in Mind: movie ratings that actually work
• Plugged In: shining a light on the world of popular entertainment
• Dove: family approved videos, DVDs, and movies
• IMDb: The Internet Movie Database
DVD Player that Filters out Offensive Material...
• Clear Play... This is a DVD player that you can download filters for, so you can watch the DVDs you want, without the junk you don't want. You set the filter to your own preferences, and choose what types of content you want filtered out. It will mute or skip scenes or words based on your preferences (which can include bad language, sex, and violence), while still retaining the artistic integrity. This thing rocks!
Nifty & Thrifty!
• JBF Sale... This is the nation's leading children's and maternity consignment sale. You can find good deals if you need baby or kid clothes, toys, furniture, etc. It's also a great place to sell your used maternity & kids clothes, toys, books, beds, cribs, etc
• Paper Back Swap.. You can "swap" your books that you no longer want, for books you do want! You can swap paperback or hardcover, even audio books, but they must all be in good condition.) After you've listed at least 10 books, you receive 2 free credits so you can go ahead and receive 2 books to get started. Each book costs 1 credit (books on tape are normally 2 credits). You pay no money for the books you receive - but you pay the postage (usually $2-$3) to mail a book media mail or the cheapest rate (when someone requests one of your books). They even have a handy 2-page mailing-label page to print out - and you can wrap it around your book and not even pay for an envelope! Or you can print out one page with the mailing address and attach it to a larger mailing envelope. This is a GREAT way to get a lot of books for your family! They also have two sister sites for swapping CD's and DVD's, and you can transfer your credits between the various sites. If you do sign up, I'd appreciate it if you tell them I referred you (put "spunkytigrr" in the referral box)! Thanks! :)