Thursday, March 25, 2010

Trees Make the Best Mobiles

I received this book when Aidan was born and it continues to be one of my favorites. Trees Make the Best Mobiles: Simple Ways to Raise Your Child in a Complex World.

What's it about?

Jessica Teich and Brandel France de Bravo help new parents - who barely have time to return a phone call or wash a sock- learn to do less, listen more, and spend focused, fruitful time with their children.

Practical and fun to read, Trees Make the Best Mobiles urges parents to treat every task-even diapering and feeding-as a chance to connect with their child, and gives calming advice about hot-button issues from pacifier use to temper tantrums.

Parents will be relieved to discover that they don't have to buy lots of stuff-a tree outside a baby's window can serve as a mobile-or shuttle kids from one activity to another. In fact, in today's hectic, high-speed world, children need less "stimulation" and more unhurried interaction with the people who matter most.

The authors call their approach "present parenting," because they believe being "present in the moment," without resentment or distraction, is the greatest present any parent can give.

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