It seems like just weeks ago I was writing about how much time I’ve been spending on my Kindle. (It was actually from October! Where does the time go?) Lately, though, I have barely picked it up. I have a few books loaded on there, but they are not enticing me quite yet. I think it is because I feel guilty if I read anything for pleasure right now. I have three other books on my nightstand that are getting the most use. I’m either reading about discipline techniques, how to deal with a 7-year-old girl, or how to get skinny and stay skinny. Let’s dive into my self-help bookshelf…
1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 – Jeremy and I took turns reading this one so we could get a handle on the kids’ behavior. We only got through the counting part, and honestly, we’re not being very consistent with it. We need to remind ourselves of the rules and then start reading the positive behavior encouragement section. It’s a great book, and I highly recommend it. The counting is having an effect on the kids, but I want to be more consistent with it so they know what to expect every single time.
Your Seven-Year-Old: Life in a Minor Key - This book was recommended to me by a friend who is going through the same thing with her daughter. It’s pretty old school since it was published in 1987, but not much has changed in seven-year-old behavior over the years. I haven’t been able to really delve into this one, but I desperately need to. Winter Storm Nemo might give me the chance this weekend.
The Skinny Rules: The Simple, Nonnegotiable Principles to Getting Thin – This is another book that Jeremy and I are reading together. It’s actually been really interesting to learn about whole grains, proteins, and the science of fiber. We read a few chapters, discuss what they are about, and then start implementing the rules. This week, we’ve focused on Rules 4-6. It’s a lot harder than it seems. For instance, Bob Harper says to not even think about buying bread that does not have whole grain wheat flour as the first ingredient. Not just whole wheat flour, it has to be WHOLE GRAIN wheat flour. I literally looked at every single brand of bread at our grocery store and NONE of them had whole grains as the first ingredient (or the second, or the third) even if the package advertised “Made with 100% Whole Grains.” Blasphemy, I tell you! I don’t want to have to start making special trips to Whole Foods for certain things. It’s not really in our budget or lifestyle to do that, so I”m hoping we can find some other solutions because living without bread just isn’t going to work for us. I’ll fill you in as we continue to learn through this book.
So these are my go-to books right now. Like I said, I feel guilty if I read anything but something to make me a better mother or a healthier person. I know I should give myself a little break, but I actually do want to be a better mother and a healthier person, hence my self-help bookshelf. The self-help journey is never over, but I hope I can get to a place of comfort and confidence soon and then get back into my chic lit!