Anyone who is a parent can probably attest to the fact that once you become a parent, your favorite hobbies include peeing alone and binge-watching your favorite shows in the 30 minutes between the kids falling asleep and you falling asleep. Kidding, kind of. When I do get a spare second to myself and I’ve already peed and have run out of episodes of Jane the Virgin, I love love love to read. Unfortunately, I don’t get to read nearly as much as I’d like to, which is why I’m currently reading (and loving, I must say) three books at once.
So, what’s currently in my library?
First- Year Baby Care(softcover, $14.99, on-sale September 6, 2016), is the “owner’s manual you need for your baby’s first year”. Sure, this is my second kid but I’m still learning the ropes as I go and can never be too over-prepared for the curve balls that are inevitably thrown my way on a daily basis.
This guide has been recently updated to include the most recent medical and baby care advice, and the new edition includes the latest information on newborn screenings, checkups, vaccination schedules, and expanded information on nutrition; including how to prevent food allergies and childhood obesity. It’s the perfect companion for first-time moms and dads or experienced parents seeking to update their care-giving skills.
The Growth Mindset Coach
My second book is for all my teacher friends out there! The Growth Mindset Coach is a new book that provides scientific research, classroom anecdotes, lesson plans, and tips and strategies to help you explore using growth mindset in different areas of teaching. My favorite part of this book is that it’s broken down into monthly mindsets and helps teachers navigate the struggles and successes that come with each month of teaching- September’s mantra is Everyone Can Learn, which I love.
Studies show that growth mindsets result in higher test scores, improved grades and more in-class involvement. When your students understand that their intelligence is not limited, they succeed like never before. With the tools in this book, you can motivate your students to believe in themselves.
Created for teachers by teachers, this is the ultimate guide for unleashing students’ potential through creative lessons, empowering messages and innovative teaching. “The Growth Mindset Coach” is packed with all you need to foster a growth mindset classroom, including a month-by-month program, research-based activities, hands-on lesson plans (lessons done for me? YES please!) real-life educator stories, constructive feedback, and sample parent letters (again, yes please!)
Not all my book choices are for bettering myself as a teacher or a parent- sometimes I just need a good ME read- preferably something with love… I’m a sucker 🙂 So Ive been reading After You, by Jojo Moyes, which is the sequel to the much-loved novel-turned movie Me Before You. I absolutely loved the movie and the book, and had to know what happened to Louisa Clark next. I’m only about half-way through, but I’ve laughed, I’ve cried. and I’ve loved getting to “keep up” with Louisa, Treena, Nathan, the Traynors, and a few new characters. Definitely a must-read if you loved Me Before You!
Disclosure: I received products in exchange for my review, however all opinions are my own.