This week, I had the opportunity to read some awesome books that are wonderful for parents and kids alike.
For the kiddos in your life...
I am a Warrior Goddess by Jennifer Adams (Illustrated by Carme Lemniscates)
I don't know who loved this more: me or my three year old. This is a great book to teach kids to be considerate, generous, and caring. These are traits that make a hero. I love books like this that empower our youth to be heroes by being kind. The illustrations are bright and vibrant and like has diverse characters in the book, something I always look for when choosing stories for my little one.
Good Night Yoga: A pose-by-pose bedtime story by Mariam Gates (Illustrated by Sarah Jane Hunter)
With its vibrant illustrations (and to my daughter's delight, pictures of nature), this is an amazing book to calm your kids before bed, but also get them moving and stretching. This has become our ritual read before nap time as it allows my daughter the opportunity to interact with the text and images, but also to relax before she rests. Another diverse book, this is perfect for my little lady who is always on the hunt for characters who "look like her." Yoga loving grown ups, this one is for you and the littles in your life!
This one's for the parents...
How Children Thrive: The Practical Science of Raising Independent, Resilient, and Happy Kids
by Mark Bertin, MD
I needed this book! Those of you that know me or have read my writing before know that I'm a researcher. I love to get all of the information before I do anything in my life. Raising a kid was no different. This book helped me to understand a little bit more about how to be a more intentional parent from our current toddler stage all the way to our child's adolescence. I'm a big fan of mindfulness in the work place and this helped me understand how this same frame of thought can help me be a better mom. Fellow parents out there can understand--parenting can be hard and stressful. There are so many nuances to children and every kid is different. This book helped me think more about positive parenting, how to get a better handle of bed time, and it furthered my philosophy of having a house full of books when Dr. Bertin noted that "books are one of the only proven household 'interventions' that supports child development." Guess what's going on my husband's night stand?
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