It occurs to me that it’s been a while since I’ve read any parenting books.
Now, the nice thing about having been raising children for as long as I have is that you develop an overview of theories and approaches. You don’t get bogged down in the minutia of one particular method, or worried that if you don’t follow it to the letter you’re going to RUIN THIS CHILD!!!! I just don’t do that any more. Not that I ever did it much, really, but I’m mellower now than I was twenty-five years ago, when I first started this whole parenting thing.
However, it is nice to know what’s floating about in the parenting ether out there. What are the ideas currently being promoted? What are the up-to-the-minute theories and philosophies? (Which very often turn out to be old ones, revisited, revamped, and spit-and-polished to mesh with current sensibilities. Another thing that a couple of decades perspective helps you see.)
Thanks to Carol, I have one book for my list. And it’s not as if I haven’t read a parenting book in ten years. But I’m curious: What are you guys reading? What’s the “It Book” for parents? Is there a new parenting guru bubbling to the top of the pontificating heap? (Even if you don’t really like their message, I’m curious to know what it is!)
Titles and authors! Any suggestions for me?