The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly World of Germs

One thing I was not prepared for in this new thing called mom life, was that once you put your kiddo in daycare they will be sick FOREVER! To be fair, I was warned, but I had no idea the endless days of snot, coughing, and laundry would be this intense. As we all battle with sick days for a myriad of reasons, here are some books to help your own kiddos understand how germs, bugs, and viruses get to work.

Germs: Fact and Fiction, Friends and Foes by Lesa Cline-Ransome – An introduction to the good and bad bacteria in our bodies. (K-Grade 2)

A Germ’s Journey by Thom Rooke M.D. and Anthony Phillip Trimmer, Read by Jared Kaelber – Perfect book for a sick kiddo at home! A read along through Hoopla to explain what’s going in their tiny body. (K-Grade 2)

The Good Germ Hotel: Meet Your Body’s Marvelous Microbes by Sŏng-hwa Kim – A reminder to all of us that it’s not all bad. Get ready to meet your happy gut flora! (Grade 2-5) Continue reading “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly World of Germs”

Fed is Best

I saw an Instagram post recently that said “Baby-led weaning is the next breast is best” — and that got me thinking. We do so much to shame parents for not “doing it right” when we need to support parents and each other. Baby-led weaning is great, if that works for you; homemade purées are great, if that works for you. Ultimately, though, fed is best — no matter what you do to feed your littles. I personally do a mixture of solid foods, purées, and store bought items to save me time, and that’s my version of what works best for me. Each family is different, and each family is doing it the right way for them. Here are a few resources I’ve found in the Library and online that have given me some inspiration.


Baby-led Weaning

Baby-led Weaning Made Easy: the Busy Parent’s Guide to Feeding Babies and Toddlers With Delicious Family Meals by Simone Ward

Simple & Safe Baby-led Weaning: How to Integrate Foods, Master Portion Sizes, and Identify Allergies by Malina Linkas Malkani

Baby-led Feeding: a Natural Way to Raise Happy, Independent Eaters by Jenna Helwig Continue reading “Fed is Best”

Pregnancy During Pandemic

The pandemic was a very odd time to be pregnant. All the ideas I had about community and gathering and connection was very different, but also in a way I didn’t have to share this time with anyone besides just my husband and I. I had a small bubble I could reach out to, I could share what I wanted to share, and read what I wanted to read without that added pressure of what peoples idea of this time is supposed to be. If there are silver linings to this – that would be it.

Here are a few books that spoke to me:

Before

motherhood so whiteMotherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting in America by Nefertiti Austin

The thing about being a mother is that it’s different for everyone and hearing stories outside my world view was something I sought before I found out I was pregnant. Especially in a country that views parenthood from a white lens. Nefertiti finds her way to motherhood by adopting a Black child and faces the stereotypes of single Black motherhood, of the foster care system, and raising a child in this America. Continue reading “Pregnancy During Pandemic”

Surrounded by ADHD

The last year has been interesting, complicated, and/or stressful for all. In my household we add the diagnosis of ADHD to all of my immediate family members except me. One way that quarantine worked for my family is that we were all working or schooling from home. There was not the desperate search in the morning for keys, wallets, backpacks and anything else that we would need for the day but not placed in its “right” place.

Being all in the same house hasn’t been all easy though. Some of the ADHD behaviors have just transferred to other things. Like right now I am “reminding” my teenage son for the third time to clean the kitchen and do laundry. He is hyper-focused on his screen, whether it is his game system or YouTube. My husband, who is hyper-focused on work, is forgetting to “remind” him to do the chores. So it falls on me to remember what needs to be done and when.

I have gathered together a few books for me and hopefully for the men in my life to read/listen too. Hopefully it will make all of our lives easier and it could help your family, too.

Book cover image for ADHD 2.0

ADHD 2.0 New Science and Essential Strategies for Thriving With Distraction–from Childhood Through Adulthood

This book is coming out this year. I was able to get a sneak peak at it. The nice thing about this book is that it helps people and parents who are dealing with ADHD to look for what they or their loved ones are really good at. It is kind of a nice change because usually the focus of these books is what is wrong with people and how to fix it. Continue reading “Surrounded by ADHD”

Learning From Home

Homeschool is the new school for Washington through the rest of the 2019-2020 year. Teachers are finding ways to connect with parents and classes, providing online and printed resources as best they can to keep pace with their students’ need for knowledge. Families can also find valuable resources through the library to supplement their home classroom learning for all ages.

The Everything Kids Joke BookStudying at home is tough. Focusing in an environment that we associate with play can take some getting used to. You can make the transition easier with some brain teasing puzzles and word games from Michael Dahl’s The Everything Kid’s Joke Book, recommended for kids 7-12. Break up lesson time with laugh breaks! Make reading its own reward with silly puns! Build vocabulary with story jokes. While you can’t print from Overdrive materials, kids can copy crosswords and “picto-laughs” to finish. Fun in the classroom can maximize motivation, especially when the classroom is at home. Continue reading “Learning From Home”