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Favorite Parenting Books for Creativity and Learning

January 21, 2015

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I take a creative approach to parenting. This probably explains why I’m drawn to parenting books that encourage parents to get creative in order to evoke deep thinking in their children. We’re a very sensory and play based home. There are lots of happy messes, art projects, and various play scenes constantly being built up (or torn down) in every room of the house

In a tech heavy world, I still get most of my parenting inspiration from actual books. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Pinterest and use it frequently to get ideas for daily activities, but it’s just not the same as flipping through beautiful pages of carefully designed book on creativity. With a real book, I can feel the author’s creativity jump right off the pages and into whatever plane of existence my own creativity is pulled from; something I don’t really experience from staring at a computer screen.

When I was just starting out on my mama journey, I found You Are Your Child’s First Teacher to be incredibly influential. It helped to cement in my head just how important and special these early parenting years are. It also gave me some great ideas for play activities with a baby who was only a couple of months old at the time. Sometimes, when I’m feeling too scattered and exhausted to make another day at home count, I check out this book from the library and feel a great sense of reassurance wash over me. It’s an awesome book.

I frequently reference Seven Times the Sun for daily rhythm ideas and it was my main inspiration for putting together Mealtime Verses and a Healing Basket. I stumbled upon the book in a thrift store, and knowing exactly what kind of treasure it was I bought it as quick as I could.

Here is a list of my favorite parenting and teaching resources:

Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments- Mike Adamick

You Are Your Child’s First Teacher- Rahima Baldwin Dancy

The Creative Family- Amanda Blake Soule

The Handmade Home-Amanda Blake Soule

Rhythm of Family- Amanda Blake Soule

Playful Learning- Mariah Bruehl

Festivals Family and Food- Diana Carey and Judy Large

Seven Times the Sun- Shea Darian

Tinkerlab-Rachelle Dooley

Maker Dad- Mark Frauenfelder

The Write Start- Jennifer Hallissy

The Artful Parent; Jean Van’t Hul

Baking Bread with Children- Warren Lee Cohen

Junk Drawer Physics-Bobby Mercer

Show Me A Story- Emily K. Neuburger

 Beyond the Rainbow Bridge-Barbara J. Patterson and Pamela Bradley

Art Lab for Little Kids-Susan Schwake

I usually have a combination of at least 5 of these books checked out from the library at any given time. My favorites are: Play Learning, Rhythm of Family, Tinkerlab, and The Artful Parent; with Playful Learning being my go-to reference book when I feel like I’m in a creative parenting slump or need some new ideas for play space layout. It’s a beautiful book.

Cheers!

Everyday

Name Change | Game Change

January 19, 2015

namechange

What’s in a name? Well, it turns out a lot of inspiration (or lack there of) is tied up in a name and blog identity.

After nearly 4 years of blogging with The Feel Good Foodie, I hit a wall. I just couldn’t find an ounce of inspiration to write from. I grew resentful of the name and identity I had created for myself. I no longer thought of myself as The Feel Good Foodie; making it nearly impossible to write from the perspective of my former self.

Truth is, a lot has changed in my life since rolling out The Feel Good Foodie in August of 2011. I still spend most of my days cooking, or thinking about food, but it’s such a small part of my everyday life. It didn’t feel right having a blog dedicated to all things foodie when I no longer cared as much about foodie stuff.

But just to be clear, I still care about food. I really love food. 

I felt like I painted myself into a corner and was stuck. I threw around the idea of stopping all blogging for a few years, archiving the foodie site, and not thinking about writing until I could figure out what in the world I wanted to write about.

That seemed a bit extreme, so I tried to think of ways to reinvent myself.

I wanted to have a blog that reflected my day to day passions, and show people what our life at home with kids looked like. At this stage in my life, raising our girls is my top priority. Sure, I still do all kinds of other awesome stuff; but creating a home environment where they can flourish is my current calling.

Out of the ashes of The Feel Good Foodie blog,  Growing Roots and Wings was born.

FBPic

Look! I kind of know a thing or two about design now too!

 

A few years back, I heard a quote about parenting that struck a chord deep within me:

There are two gifts we should give to our children.

One is roots, the other is wings.

It perfectly sums up how I want to raise the girls.

I want them to be independent, free-thinkers who are not afraid to go out into the world and shake things up a bit.

But I also want to provide for them an environment where they always feel loved, supported, encouraged, and “home”.

Even if the location of our family changes, our home will always be there for them to come back to.

So there is the long and short of it. Stay tuned for exciting posts, lots of pictures, and creative ideas for everyday life.

Cheers!

XO