Sunday, March 12, 2006

Booking up my ideas?

In an attempt tp get to grips with parenting, it's easy to imagine there is a silver bullet out there in the form of a book that will explain how to tackle every parenting situation that might crop up. Of course there isn't, but that doesn't stop me expanding the household library and VISA bill in an attempt to learn a few tricks of the fatherhood trade.

My three most recent purchases are:
  • "Dad Stuff" by Steve Caplin and Simon Rose. This is a fun book that has "shedloads of ideas for Dads". It's true! Mostly these are ways to keep kids entertained with tricks such as putting a knitting needle through a balloon without bursting it, step by step instructions on how to make things such as baked bean tin telephones and answers to questions such as "why is the sky blue?", "what causes thunder and lightning?" and even the dreaded "where do babies come from?".

  • "Raising Babies" by Steve Biddulph. I'm buying this to help me understand the rights and (according to this book mostly) wrongs of childcare and its effects.

  • "Raising Boys" by Steve Biddulph. Another Steve Biddulph book specifically about raising boys (obviously). I'm just curious to hear what he has to say.

  • Now all I need to do is find time to read them and stay awake long enough to take them in.