Thanks to the Richland County Library, I’ve been listening to parenting audiobooks for free! The great thing about audiobooks is that you are hands free and can multitask while you listen.
Richland Library has three different stream and download services for ebooks: Cloud Library, Overdrive, and Hoopla. I personally listen to audiobooks through the Hoopla app on my phone when I drive to work. Here are some of the great books I’ve read this year:
This audiobook was only two hours long, and I loved that it was read by the author. It sounded more like an extended TedTalk, which I really liked. If you are a fan of Brene Brown’s work, this is a great summary of the research she’s done as it applies to parenting. For those who don’t know much about Brene Brown, this is a great introduction to her research on shame, worthiness, and wholeheartedness.
This audiobook was a little under six hours long. You may have heard about the 5 Love Languages in the context of marriage–this book helps apply those concepts to parenting. I really liked how the author helped me identify what my child’s love languages were. With kids, he emphasized that they can go in phases with what their primary love language is. Also, children under age four usually haven’t developed a preference and all 5 love languages should be used equally.
Coming in at seven hours even, my favorite part of this book was the beginning when she talks about parent self-care. I’ve read so many parenting books that list dozens of strategies that seem impossible to implement unless you have the patience of Job. I really appreciated how she talked about ways parents can prioritize their self-care so that they can better implement the connections strategies in her book. I also liked the one-liners she had like, “connect don’t correct” or “progression not perfection is the goal.”
Although it is over 13 hours long, this is the book that I liked so much I purchased the hard copy. This book focuses specifically on children who seem to be “more.” More energetic, more emotional, more difficult. I first heard about this book from one of my fellow Columbia Mom writers in this post. Spirited children often feel things more deeply than other children, and because of that they can be very sensitive. I highly recommend reading the article, she does a good job of explaining with examples what the term “spirited” means. My main take-away from this book is to remind myself that my child is not “giving me a hard time” but that he is “having a hard time.”