The Parentville Fave Five - Parents Learn and Share
Parentville.com is highlighting some great parenting books and video! Speaking of parents, we are offering a chance to win free babysitting from College Nannies & Tutors, a top-notch agency, if you register this month!
Parentville received this to review, and it is a great handbook for first-time moms. You only have to read one chapter at a time by month. After 10 minutes, you will have some solid suggestions in mind and some humor to help you out. The book's premise is not so much what to do if you are bored or lonely, it's what to do to celebrate life - your's and your baby's. It makes you appreciate the things you don't normally notice, including your baby, but also the things around him or her. It helps to reduce your anxiety and improve all of your relationships.
The book makes ordinary baby "to dos" fun for mom and dad, too, giving you "freedom" and an excuse to do out of the ordinary activities to entertain baby. A great book for these economic times.
If you are looking for an instruction manual for children, this book is perfect. It's humorous and a useful tool in getting dads through the first few months. There is advice for just about any scenario that you'll find yourself in, and the chapters are easy to navigate through, so you can find what you're looking for easily. There are tips for how tight to tighten diapers, tricks for calming a crying baby or getting out stubborn burps and how to keep the diaper pail from stinking. Good first dad gift!
Dr. Luke's book is a go-to book for surviving a multiples pregnancy. This book is very useful because it addresses specific concerns -- it gives sample menus and weight gain goals (important for multiples), plus a place to record weekly appointment stats (and what the norm is).
Parentville received this DVD to try out in Mandarin, and it's well worth it. Started by award-winning filmmaker and mom, Julia Pimsleur Levine, she studied language acquisition and brain development to create these DVDs. They come in 6 languages, plus English (with German, Russian and Arabic coming) - and use the Entertainment Immersion Method which engages a child's natural love of play, with learning through repetition (focus on 60 common words per DVD). The panda bear, Little Pim, introduces each section of seven, 5-minute episodes so you and your child can watch each part separately. You can also read along with English subtitles.
There are 3 DVDs in the series, which are paired with a stuffed panda and make a great gift. The site, www.littlepim.com, has wonderful games and coloring activities for kids so that they can apply what they've learned. So far, French and Spanish CDs, flashcards and iPhone applications have been introduced, with more DVDs in the series to come next year.
Parentville received this to review, and it is a good book written by a mom, Jill Starishevsky, who's a NYC child abuse and sex crimes prosecutor. For parents to read to their kids ages 3-10, it tells the story of a child who is touched by an uncle's friend and tells a parent. This is a great way to teach your child to remember what to do about this sensitive subject to prevent sexual abuse, as well as the importance of protecting their bodies.