Thursday, December 5, 2013

Parenting Resources

These are some parenting resources my husband and I have employed in our own household. I recommend these books and the CSEFEL website at the library all the time. My husband and I are definitely not experts when it comes to child rearing, but as we like to say, we try our best and we keep an open mind so we can keep learning about parenting every day from our kids, our parents, our friends and the resources we know are available.

Book CoverI cannot stress enough the usefulness of the book Beyond Bedtime Stories: A Parent's Guide to Promoting Reading, Writing, and Other Literacy Skills from Birth to 5 by V. Susan Bennett-Armistead, Nell K. Duke & Annie M. Moses. I read this book and then had the opportunity to see Nell K. Duke talk at a professional development lecture series at the University of Denver. She really walks the talk. She has wonderful ideas for daily interactions and making your home a learning environment in every room. Please read this book if you have not. It will help you at work as a librarian and at home with your young children.

Book CoverAnother book my husband and I swear by is Brain Rules for Baby by John Medina. This is a great book for parents with children of any age. It talks about how having a healthy relationship with your partner is the foundation for a child's brain development. A child must first feel loved, secure and safe in order to learn anything. One of the things we learned in this book is that your children need to see you being nice and loving to your partner. This loving foundation is what stimulates brain development and will help your children do all the early literacy activities early on and the learning activities in school later in life.

Pyramid Model
One more resource my husband and I use is the CSEFEL website. We go to parent trainings on the Pyramid Model in order to support our children's social and emotional development better at home. This website is full of practical strategies, research and ideas for social and emotional development, which are tools your children will use the rest of their lives. Please browse this website if you have not. You will learn about child development and what you can be doing to enrich the lives of children.

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