“Mom Milestones: The True Story of the First Seven Years” by Grace Farris (Workman Publishing)
Forget the sugar-coated tales of what it means to be a new mom. This funny, quick-to-read, graphical version shows the real story. It takes you from “Before Mom Was Born” (hint: she could take her time with meals) all the way through the early elementary years. You collect toys, find places to hide for a while, learn how to get out of the house again and eventually fill your heart until it bursts. This is a great gift for a baby shower or just for yourself.
“You-ology: A Puberty Guide for Every Body” by Melisa Holmes, Trish Hutchinson and Kathryn Lowe (American Academy of Pediatrics)
In the American Academy of Pediatrics’ first-ever children’s book, doctors, including the makers of Girlology, help kids learn about themselves and their peers and exactly what happens to them during puberty.
Melisa Holmes, a physician, mother of three and co-founder of Girlology, is a faculty member at the University of South Carolina medical school, where she has joint appointments in pediatrics and obstetrics/gynaecology. She said most parents learned about puberty in groups separated by gender. This book changes that.
Puberty is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. This book lets children know that every person and when and how they change is different.
“There’s such a wide range that kids experience, whether it’s their age, what’s happening to their bodies, their genetics — there’s just so many things that affect puberty that we’re just trying to normalize that it’s different for everyone.” is, even though everyone is going through it,” said Holmes. “It’s going to be a unique experience for everyone.”
Holmes said the book’s inclusive language, written in line with the AAP’s stance on gender-affirming care, is written with compassion, to help children feel empathy and respect for one another. She urges parents to read the book first and keep an open mind.
“I think every generation has had its challenges between the parents and the kids exploring new territory,” she said. “And today’s youth has really given us this whole new language, and it’s really just better vocabulary. People haven’t changed, but our vocabulary has changed.”
“Building Happier Kids: Stress-Reducing Tools for Parents” by Hansa Bhargava (American Academy of Pediatrics)
Clearly the pandemic has increased stress among children and teens, but pediatrician Hansa Bhargava, a mother of two teens, offers realistic tools to help families regain childhood happiness. She helps bring parents and children back to basics – the ‘four pillars’ of sleep, nutrition, leisure and healthy relationships – that can not only lead to greater happiness now, but also lay a solid foundation for health into the future. maturity.
Each chapter in this book includes “toolbox takeaways” to keep families on track in reducing and reducing stress, as well as quizzes to assess what kids, teens, and parents may need to focus on. Parents get tips on what to watch out for when a child is in crisis, how to reduce the impact of all that screen time, and even how to break out of the tight schedules that can add stress to everyone in the family.