Welcome to our Friday Favorite Face Off! This week we are talking about our favorite parenting books and how they’ve helped us in raising our kids. As a rule, we tend to be quite different in our choices and this installment is no exception!
Nicole Loves Bringing up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman
This book was actually a recommendation from Jessica! I loved it so much I read it twice and purchased the audio version. Honestly, when I got pregnant with Hazel, I basically did everything Jessica told me to do, lol. She already had two kids by the time I had my first so I looked up to her big time (and still do).
I don’t know if its because I am married to a laid back Brit, but I found a more relaxed approach to parenting very appealing. Similar to a European, particularly French style.
This book is about an American woman who becomes a mother for the first time while living in Paris, France with her English husband. I enjoy and completely understand her personality and humor. Her storytelling was informative and amusing.
My husband and I vowed that when we had kids, we wouldn’t let them “take over” our lives. And while at times this is unavoidable, the French approach instills this idea from birth. What I love about Bringing up Bebe is that it reinforces throughout that the parents have the power, not the baby or the child. It gave me a sense of empowerment and responsibility. So in times of panic or distress, you remind yourself that you are the adult. Set a standard and enforce it, gently of course. The child knows no other way, they grow up naturally respecting adults while still enjoying childhood.
This is a quote I copied from Amazon about the book:
“She didn’t aspire to become a ‘French parent’ but she noticed that French children slept through the night by two or three months old. They ate braised leeks. They played by themselves while their parents sipped coffee. And yet French kids were still boisterous, curious, and creative. Why? How?”
If you are planning on becoming a parent, or already have some little ones, I highly recommend this book. Especially if you are super chill, like me 😉
Jessica loves Brain Rules for Baby by John Medina
I consider myself a practical person, and I love reading books with tons of information. Brain Rules for Baby is just that! It is written by a scientist who is also a father.
This book teaches you how to interact with your baby so that you can optimize their brain function. It really helped me understand sleep patterns and how important it is for proper brain development. He goes over how to speak to your baby and talks a little about TV, screen and play time.
I like that it talks about your relationships with partners, family members and caretakers. How they fit in to the equation and how they can help in the rearing of your child.
It covers stress level and explains the effect it can have on children. There really is so much great information in this book. I wouldn’t categorize it as a fun or easy read, but it truly helped me feel informed.
Quote from Amazon:
“Brain Rules for Baby bridges the gap between what scientists know and what parents practice. Through fascinating and funny stories, Medina, a developmental molecular biologist and dad, unravels how a child’s brain develops – and what you can do to optimize it.”
How would you describe yourself as a parent? Are you more relaxed or strict? Have you read either of our favorites? What are your favorite parenting books? Leave a comment below, we wanna know!