When Annie was born Henry launched into a phase of hitting other kids. It wasn’t the normal ‘taking a swipe’ over a toy, but more like a ‘hunt them down and get them’ approach. He was lashing out in a big way and with a newborn thrown into the mix, I took it badly. It was so stressful and confusing and I pretty much felt like a terrible parent.
A friend loaned me Steve Biddulph’s book ‘Raising Boys’. I normally find self-help parenting books aren’t quite on the same page as me, excuse the pun, but this one was different. It was like he was talking about Henry when he explained that boys need a lot of attention from their mothers and can feel ‘abandoned’ for various reasons, one being that a new sibling has arrived. As a result, they can turn into little midget Mike Tysons just like H-Bomb had.
I loved his philosophy and his tips and I went on to read ‘The Complete Secrets of Happy Children’ and loved that too. When I get a chance I’m going to read ‘Raising Girls’. Now this isn’t an ad for Steve Biddulph, he’s a legend and doesn’t need my help to sell books. No, I just would love to know if you have read any parenting books that were really good? Did you find a book with any helpful hints in your time of need? How about parenting books that are just a really good read? I’d love to hear your recommendations and what you liked about the books. Something’s gotta pull my attention away from the latest author I can’t stop reading (Nora Roberts, classic chick lit) and on to something which is a little more helpful!