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Walnutshell Wed 18-Jul-07 20:23:52

I can almost hear the groans as I type the topic title, but here goes:

Any recommendations for a good read, something a bit challenging to stir the old grey matter please.


Walnutshell Wed 18-Jul-07 20:59:43

Hmm, maybe "affected" was a bad choice of word. Look, I just can't be high brow all of the time.

If you don't tell me, I'll just have to buy something terribly popular from Tesco's...

Walnutshell Sun 22-Jul-07 20:26:28

Stuff it, I didn't want recommendations anyway, I'll just blindly take whatever Waterstone's have on offer. Don't mind me...

mumofSlytherinsmonsters Sun 22-Jul-07 20:28:45

walnutshell, i must have read every single baby book out there. they are pretty much the same. the omne that afected me most was the one by Voldemortina and it affected me so much i never bought anoither one again and cuddled my babys and fed them when they cried rather than by the clock.

Thre will be positives and negaties to every book which won't nessacarily match your +s and -s. Can you get some out of your local library fortst so you don't waste money?

ProjectSeverus Sun 22-Jul-07 20:33:53

Why Love Matters by Sue Gerheart.

The Politics of Breastfeeding by Gabrielle Palmer.

Punished by Rewards by Alfie Cohn.

scattyspice Sun 22-Jul-07 20:40:36

What age are your kids?

Theclosetpagan Sun 22-Jul-07 20:49:26

Why Love Matters is a fantastic book - I am halfway through it at the moment. A bit heavy going in places but well worth the read.

Walnutshell Sun 22-Jul-07 20:59:21

mumof - I very much enjoy Penelope Leach, she is so soothing. I will look in the library though, good point.

Project - I would LOVE to read The Politics of Breastfeeding particularly as am feeding ds with no signs of stopping, but I cannot get hold of it . I will take on board your other recommendations too - hang on while I get a post-it...

DS is almost 21 months, I'm just very interested in current psychological thinking and want to keep reading and of course turn to MN for a bit of guidance! Thanks.

Psychobabble Sun 22-Jul-07 21:00:15

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mumofSlytherinsmonsters Sun 22-Jul-07 21:00:52

i didn't come across penelope leach tbh. have actually not come across any of the books already mentioned! maybe it just felt like i read every baby book .

scattyspice Sun 22-Jul-07 21:01:19

They f**k you up by Oliver James is very current psychology.

I had trouble following some of it though

Walnutshell Sun 22-Jul-07 21:03:09

Yeah, scatty, I am reading that one at the mo and in between novels! Interesting although sometimes it seems to be a little superficial, but I am enjoying it.

VeniVidiVickiQV Sun 22-Jul-07 21:03:33

I read "The Highly Sensitive Child" by Elaine Aaron.

HOwever, it was more centred around my DD's characteristics, rather than general parenting.

moondog Sun 22-Jul-07 21:04:55

Another vote for The Politics of Breastfeeding

One of the most hugely significant reads of my life.

Walnutshell Sun 22-Jul-07 21:05:52

I think I need the adult version of that book VVV

Yurtgirl Sun 22-Jul-07 21:06:04

Toxic Childhood - by Sue Palmer

nightshade Sun 22-Jul-07 21:06:33

Three in a bed by deborah jackson.

as well as looking at co-sleeping, touches on breast feeding, attachment issues in a range of societies and long term effects on children by virtue of their parenting experience.

will truely test your outlook!

VeniVidiVickiQV Sun 22-Jul-07 21:06:50

The Adult version came first I believe Walnut

taxidriver Sun 22-Jul-07 21:07:50

i agree with penelope leach, you sit and nod while you are reading.. you are so doing it right.

Walnutshell Sun 22-Jul-07 21:08:04

Maybe I can get The Politics of BF second hand through Amazon, last time I ordered it (months ago) they eventually emailed me to say they couldn't get hold of it.

Papillon Sun 22-Jul-07 21:09:59 and Dr Sears - books that prodded what already sat in my heart.

moondog Sun 22-Jul-07 21:10:18

Ah Walnut are you still after that???

I waould send you mine only it never was mine but the MW's copy.

Have yuo tried ABM again? (There is an Amazon link on their website btw and if you order via it,they get a cut.)

moondog Sun 22-Jul-07 21:13:35

Some available on Amazon but check the price!

That 'Milk,Money and Madness' looks interesting too.

Walnutshell Sun 22-Jul-07 21:14:02

VVV - oh goodness, you're not joking! Now, that looks interesting.

Had a quick glance at 3 in a bed, again, looking good. Thanks. Amazon basket positively bulging, will have to rationalise at some point... Some second hand Politics of BF starting at £24.95.

moondog Sun 22-Jul-07 21:15:22

People know its worth eh?

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