Originally Posted by Bracha04
What are your favorite books, hobbies, parenting advice/philosophies? What are your favorite things to do with your kids/family?
Asking me about books has really slowed me down! I type too much, and I'm from a homeschooled family of heavy readers. Here's a third attempt to keep it brief!!
The Odyssey (my dad used to tell us bedtime stories and I read a couple different translations multiple times through my childhood, Odysseus was one of my favorite heroes)
The Hobbit (ditto on the bedtime stories and it being a staple book. getting ready to start reading it to our middle kids, dh just finished up the last book in the Narnia series last night, and my older nurslings are starting to fall asleep without nursing sometimes so we're going to try switching off on who puts who to bed- wish us luck!)
Little Women/ Little Men/ Jo's Boys - Louisa May Alcott (multiple reads through childhood)
The Rolling Stones / The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - RA Heinlein (many others but those are my 2 faves- one juvie and one classic- I love Hazel)
Talking To Dragons - Patricia C Wrede (fantasy pulp but it's a favorite of mine reread many times over the year- sort of Shrekish whimsical/comedic fairy tale world)
Cheaper By The Dozen - Gilbreths
sci-fi authors Lois McMaster Bujold and Neal Stephenson
Womanly Art of Breastfeeding 2nd or 3rd edition and New Beginnings magazine ( read this for pleasure in high school- chose it as a term paper subject, it's gotten a lot of use- sadly I let my earlier editions go as I got current ones and I really don't enjoy reading the current ones for anything but reference- too much science, not enough stories, not as much focus on parenting from the heart)
collected works of Henry David Thoreau (particularly Civil Disobedience and Walden)
Out of the Silent Planet/ Perelandra / That Hideous Strength - C.S. Lewis sci-fi trilogy
The Screwtape Letters/ The Great Divorce - C.S. Lewis I really don't treat these like fiction. More like a wake-up call that I read every so often
Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl
The Continuum Concept - Jean Leidloff (best overview of natural parenting?)
Special Delivery - Rahima Baldwin (favorite childbirth reference)
How Children Learn - John Holt
The Emperor Wears No Clothes - Jack Herer
Nutrition and Physical Degeneration - Weston A. Price
How To Raise A Healthy Child In Spite of Your Doctor - Robert Mendelsohn MD
Laurel's Kitchen - the introduction and forward to both editions as well as the forward to the Bread Book - great attached/feminist/housewife material - we aren't vegetarian and I don't use too many of those recipes regularly without modifications, but I can't get rid of either book
I would like to include Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg, which I still haven't finished (4 year journey on that so far!! I keep rereading and each time I get stuck/distracted/triggered a little further in ) and Unconditional Parenting - Alfie Kohn, and Getting the Love You Want- Harville Hendrix and Helen Hunt - I'm not in any way fully applying these principles or fully understanding them, but they represent major paradigm shifts I've been making for years and am continuing to idealize and work on.
I love reading children's books to the kids- Lobel, Marshall, Prelutsky, Silverstein, Beatrix Potter, AA Milne, many other family favorites. I like taking kids to the library when they aren't at the -run out the door alone- and -take books of the shelves and tear or teethe them- ages. I like taking them to live performances when I can, to renaissance festivals, and to see all the animals and exhibits at the fair. I like taking them to parks that have a good balance of outdoor space and playground. I love taking them to the children's museum- one that is large enough with enough science for older kids to enjoy, like in Nashville and San Jose- still haven't been to all the great museums in the Bay Area or up into Oregon our out to St Louis. Memphis is ok. The one here is so small and so younger kid oriented that I balk at paying money for it- I know my littles would enjoy it but the middles would be complaining. I like cooking with individual kids one on one with no time constraints (pretty rare that!) I like playing structured games with them when I can feel relaxed and that we have time- this is harder lately because cooking for so many people has made it a lot harder for me to cook ahead- I am too seat of my pants and have not made myself develop a routine of freezer meals and advance prep- meals/dishes/laundry have been getting the way a lot lately. I refuse to use convenience foods and then again we are so broke at this time that I can't afford to buy much premade anyway- lots of time spent in the kitchen.