I am passionate about mothering and believe parenting is the most important “job” there is. I long wanted to be a mom and had great examples from my Mom who had seven children and paternal Grandmother who had six children and both were lucky to be able to stay home to raise them. I babysat two boys for ten years (1969-1979) the last five summers of which were full time from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday, worked as an assistant teacher in an after-school daycare for a few years (1977-1979), my college studies included early-childhood education, and I enjoyed pregnancy, childbirth, and being a full time 24 hours a day 365 days a year attachment style mom with deeply bonded love for my child. By the way, the idea behind “attachment parenting” is that providing an offspring their physical, mental, and emotional needs when young insures they grow into smart independent adults and it did work for me. Attachment parenting also helped me be highly intuitive, natural, calm, focused, and effective in my mothering. I was faced with huge challenges (abandonment, divorce, and custody battle) yet I still managed to keep bonding and doing the best I could for my child. I will share some of the books which helped me mother with ease. Also I have worked with school students since 1991 to present, taught religious education (1994-1996), was a foster-parent, and used information from these books.
(Ads) My favorite parenting book, Magical Child by Joseph Chilton Pearce, explains in detail how intelligence develops in humans and what practices to use and avoid. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Diane Wiessinger, Diana West, and Teresa Pitman, supports and explains in detail the lost art of breastfeeding. The Family Bed by Tine Thevenin, explains how to peacefully and lovingly share sleep. Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, tells how to lovingly raise spirited children. Parent Effectiveness Training: The Proven Program for Raising Responsible Children by Thomas Gordon, helps create family peace and harmony and effective discipline with the use of “I Statements” that work for all interpersonal relationships. Primal Mothering in a Modern World by Hygeia Halfmoon, describes intuitive mothering. Children Learn What They Live explains how parental attitudes affect children. Raw Family by Victoria Boutenko tells how she and her husband Igor, son Sergei, and daughter Valya improved their health dramatically. I recommend reading some or all of them before conceiving your child if possible for optimum enjoyment and results. I hope you enjoy these books and happy parenting! 😊❤