Parent Corner: A Trio of New Parenting Books all reviewed by Laura, Collection Development Librarian
Act Natural: a Cultural History of Misadventures in Parenting by Jennifer Traig
The Montessori Toddler by Simone Davies
Publishers know books about parenting are always in demand. You have a captive audience who are always looking for guidance as well as acknowledgement that parenting can be one of the most challenging, yet, rewarding jobs of all time.
Act Natural takes a deep dive into the history of parenting and how norms have changed throughout time. The author takes a tongue in cheek approach about what parents did throughout history and why, we do what we do now.
Cribsheet examines the data behind commonly held beliefs about pregnancy and child rearing and upends some of the conventional wisdom. The idea is how to make the best decision for you and your family considering how much advice is thrown your way on everything from breastfeeding to potty training.
Finally, The Montessori Toddler presents a detailed overview with step-by-step instructions on how to incorporate this school philosophy into the home. There is a lot of emphasis on the use of positive language to produce positive outcomes. A helpful appendix lists a variety of activities designed for specific ages and areas of development.