When it comes to books about parenting, I've read (more than) my share. Some were humorous. Some were serious. And, some offered a lot more guilt than helpful advice. To separate the wheat from the chaff I developed a little rule: the only good parenting book is one that makes you feel good about the parenting style that comes naturally to you.
For me, Out of the Mouths of Babes: Parenting from a Child's Perspective (iUniverse Star, 2008) is that kind of book. In the book, author Dyan Eybergen applies the principles of attachment parenting to some of the parenting dilemmas typically encountered in the post infancy years. What's the best way to handle everything from toilet training to sibling conflicts to (oh! my! God!) questions about sex? Put yourself in your child's place. What would you need? How would you want to be treated?
I really enjoyed Out of the Mouths of Babes. It's a quick read, and it's filled with lots of anecdotes and humour (the quotes from children are hilarious). The important thing, however, is that it espouses a philosophy of parenting that fits me like a glove. And, that's an excellent parenting book.
Written for the MotherTalk blog tour.