After spending time with the junior members of my family, three new books in our collection caught my eye.
Dad to Dad: Parenting like a Pro -- expert advice, guidance, and insight from a pediatrician-dad was published by the American Academy of Pediatrics and written by David L. Hill, M.D., a pediatrician and father. Though written especially for fathers, this book is appropriate for any parent or person raising children. Presenting clear and useful information (think bed wetting, allergies, vaccinations, when to call the doctor), he writes with a humor and warmth that is reassuring to anxious parents.
Healthy Choices, Healthy Children : A guide to raising fit, happy kids is an engaging and practical guide by Lori S. Brizee, a registered dietitian and certified specialist in pediatric nutrition. Good nutrition as a key component in the development of physical and emotional health. Ms. Brizee covers topics including childhood obesity, eating disorders, and the roles of calories and genetics. There is a great reference section, with helpful hints. My favorite tip: add fresh spinach leaves to a can of tomato soup to increase flavor and nutritional value.
Use the latest neuroscience research to improve your parenting. Sound intimidating? It’s not. The Whole-brain Child : Revolutionary strategies to nurture your child’s developing mind, by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., demonstrates these strategies with easy-to-understand examples. Without knowing it, parents often use techniques based on neuroscience. Have you ever used distraction, such as physical activity, to shift your child’s mood? Learn the scientific reason this works and pick up new skills for your bag of parenting tricks with this fact-filled, readable, funny book.