Reviews and Blog Posts: parenting

My toddler and I light stuff on fire.

We have a new routine at my house. When it’s getting towards bedtime my two and a half year old stands expectantly by the couch and begins her nightly chorus of “can I play Stickman? Can I play Stickman? Mommy, can I play Stickman?

Sh*t my kids ruined: an A-Z celebration of kid-destruction

by Julie Haas Brophy

DPL Rating:
3

This book is based on the author's blog of the same name (I just discovered her additional blogs: sh*t my pets ruined, sh*t my husband ruined, and sh*t my wife ruined). I had no idea these blogs existed until I read the book. Their premise is: take a picture of...

How to talk so kids will listen & listen so kids will talk

by Adele Faber

DPL Rating:
5
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With an empathetic tone and actually helpful advice, the authors of this book are approachable in part because they’ve been there, and because they can laugh at them selves. This is not prescribed rhetoric, but genuinely useful strategies for being more clear in your parenting, and enjoying your family life...

Introducing a New Resource for Parents: Early Literacy and Learning Webpage!

The Early Literacy Department here at the Denver Public Library would like to introduce the new Early Literacy and Learning webpage! We hope that this webpage will help you and your child have fun developing new skills together through playing, singing, talking, reading, and writing. We would love to hear from you-- please leave any feedback or suggestions in the comment section at the end of this post.

What is this webpage for? This webpage is for parents, caregivers, educators, and any adult that has a young child in his or her life. We hope that the simple and fun activity suggestions on this webpage will give you new ideas for making learning fun at home!

Someone could get hurt : a memoir of twenty-first-century parenthood

by Drew Magary

DPL Rating:
4

I teared up both from Magary's hilarious storytelling and his ability to convey the sincere love and fear that comes with parenting.  Magary captures what it feels like to be a parent of young children with brutal honesty and humility.  His stories about sleep-deprived delirium, secret parenting competitions, the ridiculous things you...

Your two-year old terrible or tender

by Louise Bates Ames

DPL Rating:
4

I borrowed this classic parenting book to read on my Kindle.  The original book was published in 1976.  As I read the book, I was reminded of how much our world has changed since the 1970s.  The book is written in a more formal style than most current books and...

Connecting At-Home Dads and Resources for All

Last October 18 and 19, Denver was home to the 18th Annual At-Home Dads Convention and I was lucky enough to be invited to present on behalf of the Denver Public Library's Early Literacy Department. If you are a parent you will find a lot of useful information in this post. Keep on reading papás y mamás!

According to the U.S. Census, in 2012 there were only 189,000 At-Home Dads. However, Beth Latshaw, an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Appalachian State University in her “Is Fatherhood a Full-Time Job? Mixed Methods Insights into Measuring Stay-at-Home Fatherhood" found the true number of at-home dads is at least 1.4 million. This study shows that the U.S. Census significantly under-counts the number of at-home dads by only counting those who are not in the labor force.

Dad is fat

by Jim Gaffigan

DPL Rating:
3

Funny, funny! I enjoyed reading about parenting from a Dad who makes fun of himself. Gaffigan knows how to tell a story as if you were right there when his kid peed in the pool.  If you come from a large family, are a parent or even wiled away the...

The big disconnect : protecting childhood and family relationships in the digital age

by Catherine Steiner-Adair

DPL Rating:
3

The book succeeded in proving my naivety of current tech trends and pitfalls with tweens and teens and the final two chapters are valuable for their practical suggestions.

On the disappointing side, I didn't feel like Steiner-Adair took advantage of her collected research by providing more discussion and explanation of specific...

When I Grow Up I Want to be Just Like My Dad! - Fun Father’s Day Books

Do you have something fun planned for Father's Day this year? How about sharing a book with dad? This special day is a great reminder of the importance dads play in their children's literacy development.

Children learn by watching and imitating. Be a positive male role model for the kids in your life by reading and sharing stories. This shows children that you think reading is valuable, achievable, and, most importantly, fun!

Looking for ways to share your enthusiasm for literacy beyond books? Check out the wonderful ideas from the folks at Reading Rockets, such as reciting nursery rhymes, singing songs, playing games with letters or words, and telling stories about your childhood.

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