I work at an Organization called Rural Response for Healthy Children. It's an organization that serves Huron County in a variety of ways. We have a travelling toybus, which delivers playgroups and a toy library to 17 different communities. This is the program I currently work in. We have a parent support program that delivers support groups, 1:1 case management, and specific "canned" programs to families. I worked in this program before I had Jack. We have The SNAP program, which serves families that have children with disabilities. We have a program that goes into the schools and discusses abuse disclosure. We have a summer school readiness program. We have a program specifically for fathers, and we even have a program that is working with males in the local youth detention centre.
As you can imagine, at our office we have a large (huge) resource library, of books that are relevant to families. All of which can be lent out at any time. Books that relate to every topic relevant to parenting, under the sun.
Every day I have access to well over 1000 books and so I do a lot of reading. I have really learned from a lot of these books, and find a lot of them to be "worth reading". So I thought, every now and then, I would share some titles with you. Not that I claim to be an expert, just that I liked this book and think it's worth reading. As a parent, as a grandparent, as a childcare provider, as a teacher...as anyone who works with kids really. To better understand today's "best practices", or why things are done the way they are these days or just to give you new ideas or a new perspective.
So, the book I am reading right now is called "Raise your Kids without raising your voice - Over 50 solutions to everyday parenting challenges". By Sarah Chana Radcliffe.
I like it. I don't take everything in it as gospel, but there are a lot of ideas in it that I identify with, support, and feel are "best practices". I also like that the author is Canadian. She has a Masters in Psychology and lives in Toronto.
Check your library to see if they have it, or come see me on the Toybus and borrow it for a couple weeks. You never know what you may learn by reading a book, and when it comes to having or working with kids, you are always learning. You can never know too much. You will never know it all.
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