The More You Know

I’ve heard it said that, to love something, you have to truly know it first. We are taking this to a literature level and reading books that better help us understand the things we love; children, parents and the family unit. 

We have 7 books to show and tell you about that have opened our eyes to unconditional love, the inner workings of children’s minds, and how to cultivate the adventurous spirit.

In This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel, we learn how a family cultivates the change, unconditional love, and transformation of gender fluidity and identity. This novel takes us on a personal journey into the mind of a young boy and his struggle with gender identity, social norms, and preconceived ideas. Laurie brings to life a very tender, sensitive, but real “secret” that still lies quiet among many families today.

Twelve Hours of Sleep in Twelve Weeks by Suzy Giordano and Lisa Abidin gives you a great “toolbox” to work with if you choose to sleep train. Suzy, a mother of 5 — including fraternal twins — walks us through her tried-and-true steps to sleep training your child. The four foundations she offers in her book are as follows; first, a baby must adapt to the family, not the family to the baby. Second, you must feel empowered as a parent. Third, sleeping is a learned sill that you need to teach your baby. And, lastly, sleep training requires commitment and hard work on the part of the parents. 

Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv is an all-time favorite. In the book, Louv outlines years of research on the correlation between nature and human emotional, physical and mental health. Spurring a nationwide