children, Family, Parenting

The worst kids book ever, and not because it’s about the Maple Leafs

Lucky for us, Kyle LOVES books.  He can literally sit down for a full hour and listen to me read book after book.  I actually read the entire page, no short-cuts, from start to end.  If anything, I’m the one that has to ask him if it’s okay to stop reading books because I just can’t continue reading out loud after an hour.

To fill his love for reading and books, I always seek out new exciting books for him to read.  My parents hunt for all Cat in the Hat / Dr Seuss books, and I search for books that relate to his most recent love and hobbies (i.e. anything to do with sports).books2

We probably own close to 200 children books and they are literally scattered all over our house as we never know when the mood might strike.

There is one book that I purchased that I just HATE.  It is really one of the worst children books that I’ve ever read.  I’m a little embarrassed to admit it because it’s a Canadian book and it’s about the Maple Leafs.  But there’s just no sugar-coating around this one.  It’s a major failure, and here’s why: Continue reading “The worst kids book ever, and not because it’s about the Maple Leafs”

Family, Life, Parenting

Mickey Mouse is Sleeping

When Kyle was turning one I started reading toddler books.  I knew that Toddler behaviour will probably be a challenge for us since a) John and I were both a hand-full when we were young and b) Kyle had that “wild”, rambunctious attitude about him as a baby.  One of my favourite books was called Toddler ABC Guide to Discipline by Michelle Smith with Rita Chandler.  I liked the advice (actual actionable steps), and the writing, but mostly, I liked that it was a VERY short book and a quick read.  Too many advice books, although helpful and full of information, are not great as reference books, for when you really need to look up advice based on the situation at hand. Continue reading “Mickey Mouse is Sleeping”