Max has a book called I Was So Mad by Mercer Mayer that he loves. I never paid much attention to this book until the past couple months. He had me read it to him one night, and after that, I noticed that when he would get angry during the day, he would say, ‘I’m so mad mommy!’. The first time he said that it kind of took me by surprise because I couldn’t believe that he was verbalizing his feelings at 2 years old. Now he lets us know when he is mad, sad and happy. If we raise our voices at him, he scolds us and tells us that we made him sad by yelling. It puts us in check! For me, it’s a reminder that my tone really affects my children. That is something that can be taken for granted when you’re tired and your 3 year old is not listening to you and there’s a dog knocking down baby gates and two other toddlers climbing the couch. It can get hectic around here, and as much as I am conscientious of my tone, I definitely raise it from time to time. I am not a robot. I do the best I can. But thankfully, I have a really cool son who helps me empathize with him by saying how he feels and how a little book taught him to do so. Read more →
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Ah, fairy tales. Every child needs a book of fairy tales. I still have a few books from my childhood but the two that are most important to me are The World’s Best Fairy Tales book set that I was given. (I don’t remember who gave them to me, I have a bad memory when it comes to details.) Both books contain over 30 classic fairy tales including Tom Thumb, The Frog Prince, Rapunzel, Blue Beard, The Three Bears and more. I remember when they were brand new, when I was elementary school age and their golden paper edges would stick together and I had to carefully peel the pages open. I really liked the stories that had pictures in them to help round out my imagination and thoughts on the piece. I don’t remember my parents reading them to me, it was more of a self read or babysitters reading them to us (my brother and I). I have kept this set through all of my moves and through all of my deep cleaning sessions. I am so glad I did because now I can pass them onto my own children! That’s so cool! The books are still too wordy for my kids, but I do look forward to rereading the stories in a couple of years. I am going to read every single one again. Read more →
Back when I was pregnant with Read more →, my friend Kennedy stopped by to give us a baby gift. It was two days before I gave birth so it was right on time! She gave Max a monkey, who we have named and a set of books. She gave us three Eileen Christelow books. These books are major favs in our house to this day. They are from the series about the Five Little Monkeys. They are and super durable. ( are so hard on books when they are little!)
When Max was born, my mother gave us a couple of books for him. One of those books was called, Let’s Play! by Gyo Fujikawa (pronounced “ghee-o”). Gyo was an American illustrator and children’s book author. She created over 45 children’s books and her work is still regularly in print. Her books have sold millions of copies and have been published in 17 languages and in more than 22 countries. Read more →
The current popular books with the twinnies are by an author by the name of Sandra Boynton. She’s a children’s author, illustrator, and a songwriter. I enjoy reading her books to the kids because I have to sing some parts of it to them and they rhyme. There’s one book that I read every night before bed called, Snuggle Puppy and when I start to sing the part, the twinnies put on the biggest smile. Maybe they are laughing at my singing voice?!! I don’t care, it’s worth the cute grins I get back. Read more →