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Midwife Monday: A Book Recommendation – Parenting Scripts: When What You’re Saying Isn’t Working, Try Something New.

Hello all! I hope your weekend was fabulous. I had high hopes we would see some more snow melt but alas, the temperatures remained below freezing and it even snowed. Come on Alaska! What’s even funnier is I can see the tulips budding out of the ground through the snow. I guess they don’t mind the cold or care when the snow melts. I can’t wait to see them bloom this year!

If you are looking for an easy way to brighten your garden look into planting some bulbs in the fall. My favorites are tulips, gladiolas, and daffodils. They are easy to plant and their beautiful blooms year after year are simply breathtaking.

Onto the post!

Today I have a book recommendation for parents and for midwives. For parents, the title says it all. How often do you find yourself saying the same things over and over to your kids and nothing changes? And for midwives, how often do you have a seasoned mama come in for a visit and she has a bunch of littles and is looking to you for a little hope and help? Enter Parenting Scripts: When What You’re Saying Isn’t Working, Try Something New by Amber Lia and Wendy Speake. The book was originally published in 2017 and came on my radar via my sister. We both have three little kids and tend to look to the other for parenting tips and tricks as we navigate the world with our littles. Since we’re sisters, we also find that we do a lot of reflecting on our own childhood – something I continue to find fascinating from the perspective of a mama.

In short, I recommend this book to every single parent. I think midwives are perfectly posed to offer this recommendation to families they care for as well – or, they might even find the use of “scripts” applicable to their own lives.

Lets’ dive in.

The book is divided into 31 chapters and they are aimed at specific behaviors of your child. For example: “When Your Child Disobeys” or “When Siblings Fight.”

I found that some chapters weren’t pertinent to my own kid’s phases or ages, but it is easy to see that those chapters will be pertinent at some point in the future.

Scripture and prayer are also sewn throughout the book to support each script the authors propose. The scripture offers a platform to teach your kids about their actions or the actions they should have while providing an opportunity for the kids to associate scripture and behavior at a really young age.

I dog-eared multiple pages in the book and wrote all over the margins. About 2 chapters in, I just started writing things on a sticky note.

Here are the notes I took…

These are just a sliver of the tips offered in the book. If you’re looking to polish your parenting or offer a mama in need of some hope some tools to use in the trenches – this is the book!

The book is available on Amazon or at local bookstores. You can find a link to the book on the BOOKS & MORE page. Purchase through the BOOKS & MORE page link and help support A Midwife Nation!

Want another book recommendation? Check out my recommendation for The Fourth Trimester.

I also think either of these books would be a great addition to a postpartum basket (see the story on instagram!).

Happy Monday! Do something great for you today.

Hugs,

Jamie


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