I have to start out this post with a huge THANK YOU to all of you that commented on my last post, it really warms my heart to know that I can share the ups and downs of life here. It helps me knowing that I am not alone and that you all understand. Thank you.
The past couple of nights I have been taking a break from creating (when the girls are asleep) to focus on myself as a parent, what I can do to help make our lives easier and try to prevent mama meltdowns. I ended up unpacking a box of my favorite books to look through and re-inspire me. I haven't had the chance to read (unless you want to count reading patterns...) since we left Virginia and I am vowing now to try and make more time for it. There are so many resourceful books out there and knowledge truly is power, so what is there to lose? It's so easy to forget what you have read a year ago so it seems like a good idea to me to re-read some of my favorite Waldorf/parenting books more often.
Finding these books again inspired me to post them to all of you. Who knows, maybe there might be one or two that you have not heard of before.I chose to keep my descriptions short and sweet. If you want a detailed description of any of these books, just look at the right side bar on the blog for my reading list and click on any of the titles.
The following are my favorite parenting books, in no particular order.
Heaven On Earth - Sharifa Oppenheimer
You Are Your Child's First Teacher - Rahima Baldwin Dancy (This one may very well be my all time favorite)
Beyond The Rainbow Bridge : Nurturing our children from birth to seven - Barbara J. Patterson & Pamela Bradley
Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids - Kim John Payne & Lisa M. Ross (I actually have not read this one yet but plan to, ASAP. I heard wonderful things about it from people at our school as well a some wonderful blogging friends.)
These books are ones I refer to quite often for keeping my girls' safe.
Set Free Childhood : Parents' Survival Guide to Coping With Computers and TV - Martin Large (We just recently got this from my friend Tiffeni and LOVE it. Our girls do not watch TV and this book has really helped me in explaining our decision to others)
Home Safe Home - Debra Lynn Dadd (THE ultimate guide for making your home safe, it covers everything you could ever think of)
The Discipline Book - Martha Sears, William Sears (Ok, this one doesn't really go with my theme! I almost didn't post it because it's not a 'go-to resource' for me, or one we use that often but we do get some good ideas from it)
The Parent and Child Group Handbook - Dot Male (This is more of a handbook for people who want to start their own parent/child group but I have found it to be a great resource for things to do with my girls)
In a nutshell (Dialogues with Parents at Acorn Hill) - Nancy Foster (Great read with answers to a lot of questions I have had)
Echoes of a Dream : Creative Beginnings for Parent and Child - Susan Smith (A wonderful and small book that covers some activities, toys,crafts and even recipes for your smaller children)
Nurturing Children and Families : One Model of a Parent/Child Program in a Waldorf School - Sarah Baldwin (Great for learning more and parent/child classes and also to get ideas from)
Daydreaming and Inspiration
These are two of our favorite books for inspiration. The girls enjoy looking at them with me all the time, K especially because she can't wait to start school next year.
What is a Waldorf Kindergarten? - Sharifa Oppenheimer, Joan Almon, & Cynthia K. Aldinger (Great explanation of what a Waldorf Kindergarten is like. Beautiful pictures. The girls look at this more than I do just for the pictures!)
Raising Waldorf : The Building of the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork - Waldorf Book Project (This is pretty much a permanent coffee table book. It's HUGE. It's the story of how the Roaring Fork Waldorf School came to be, which is an incredible read. The photos are breathtaking and this book is my main inspiration when it comes to making our home more Waldorf-Inspired. I could look through this book for hours and hours...)
Preparing for upcoming events
These aren't really part of our day to day books but with Spring and C's birthday just around the corner I have been flipping through them and couldn't resist adding them on.
Spring : Nature Activities for Children - Irmgard Kutsch & Brigitte Walden
The Birthday Book : Celebrations for Everyone - Anne Druitt & Christine Fynes-Clinton
That's about it, for now. I have so many more books that we keep as part of our mini-library, but these really are the main ones.
Wishing you all an inspiring week!!