My mom didn’t have a mother. So, needless to say, the day I came home from the hospital FIVE hours old (and with no name I might add) she didn’t really know where to start. Her answer? Books. Lots and lots and lots of books.
I had a great role model for a mother, I’m one of the lucky ones. And I have inherited my mother’s trait of turning to books when I have a parenting question or when we have hit a big phase where I have no idea what to do.
When I didn’t know how to teach Lboy to sleep in his own bed, well I went to Barnes & Noble, hit up their Family & Childcare section, pulled out 5 books, read through each of them as much as I could & chose the one I thought was best (which happened to be Kim West’s Good Night, Sleep Tight. It’s amazing! Lboy sleeps 12 hours every.single.night.)
When Lboy was nine months old I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why he was crying every night when we put him in the tub. I started doing some research in my plethora of parenting books & read that babies start to discover depth perception at this age, so he was probably scared of the transition of being whooshed from my arms straight into the tub. It made sense, so I tried not to practically drop him into the tub & be a tad bit more gentle (it worked too!)
For the last 3 or so months, Lboy has been telling me when he wants his diaper changed. It was sporadic in the beginning, but now if his diaper is wet or nasty, he goes to his bedroom, gets a diaper out of his dresser, brings me wipes & Desitin, then says, “Diaper change. I’m poopie.”
Today, I decided I have to just buckle down & start with the icky business that is potty training. I headed out to B&N on the hunt for the perfect how to manual & you know what?
They had totally rearranged their huge “Family & Childcare” section into a TOY section (at a bookstore people? Seriously?) and had 3 bookshelves haphazardly crammed together with a display of pregnancy scrapbooks. Where was my “This book will save your life book?!” It was not there…there actually wasn’t a lot of anything on those stupid shelves.
I am not one of those people who can book shop online, at least not for my parenting books. I have to hold the book in hand, read a chapter, the inserts, the back page, about the author…I have a system people!
Barnes & Noble, first your prices are ridiculously expensive & now the one thing that you had going for you is gone (at least in my book- pun intended. ba-dum ching!)
Now, I have made no steps in my advancement towards a potty training book & now I’m out $10 because I found a different book that I just had to buy.
Did you use a good potty training book? How did potty training go with your kiddos?
Are you a book reader for all things child rearing or a fly by the seat of your pants kind of person?