I got some new books today.
I mentioned a few months ago that I was getting rid of paperbacks I didn’t want anymore via www.paperbackswap.com. At the time, though, I didn’t know how I would be using my credits. I am not one to enjoy reading beat-up books, and used books that you get for free are not going to be in perfect condition or anything. I even considered requesting books that I could donate to a local shelter, you know, stuff people might want to read when they’d just been evicted and were spending the night sleeping on the floor. But I just didn’t know which ones to request.
Then it occurred to me: Ben is rough on his toys. Steve has these toys he had when he was a kid and they are in perfect condition…until Ben starts playing with them. We’ll just say they now appear to be the recipients of a lot of love. Ben loves books too. One of the things I’ve always wanted for my children that I didn’t necessarily get to do when I was a kid is to read the classics. Like Stuart Little, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Old Yeller. So I went on a requesting spree and used up almost all of my credits on childrens’ classics. Most of the books we’ve gotten have been in pretty good condition. But when Ben gets through with them – once he’s old enough to read them – I’m sure they’ll be well loved. Until then, the plan is that I’ll be reading aloud to my boys every day, reading them stories from books while they play. That way I’ll have a chance to catch up on the classics too. I’m so clever…
I got four of those books today, but that wasn’t all. I also placed almost simulatneous orders with amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com last week. I ordered enough from each to qualify for the free shipping. The books from amazon.com arrived today.
One of them is Raising Your Spirited Child which was recommended to me by a friend with whom I was discussing pottytraining earlier this week. She said it talks about various personality traits and has really helped her understand how to work with her child. And no, your child doesn’t have to be bouncing-off-the-walls kind of spirited in order for this book to be helpful. I’m anxious to read it.
Another book I ordered was Setting Limits with your Strong-Willed Child. Supposedly it teaches you how to set limits you can enforce and not waste your time with ones that drive you and your children crazy because you cannot clearly enforce them. While I have always strived to reach that standard with the instructions I give my children, I am very interested to hear what this author has to say. Stay tuned…
Finally, a potty-training book. I love Elizabeth Pantly. Her No-Cry Sleep Solution is invaluable, in my opinion. She doesn’t just tell you what to do. She goes through all the possible problems and all the possible options and helps you figure out a solution that is right for your child. It sounds like her No-Cry Potty Training Solution is the same way. I’ve resigned myself to the notion that potty-training Ben is not going to be an overnight accomplishment. From what I’ve seen in just glancing through this book, it should be worth the money I spent on it. Again, stay tuned…
The books from Barnes and Noble are scheduled to arrive on Monday. They include How to Talk so Your Children Will Listen and Listen so Your Children Will Talk and Siblings Without Rivalry – both of which I’ve heard recommended time and time again. I look forward to receiving them as well.
Until then, know that I yearn to be sitting in a corner curled up with one of my new books. Keyword: yearn.