When I was pregnant I read all the books (I lie...some of the books) about bringing up babies. Then when I actually had Reuben I ditched them all. As a new parent you get very bored of all the conflicting advice and I very soon realised that often what I needed most was to trust my own mothering instincts, after all, mother really does know best!
I find it so interesting to read about how different cultures around the world raise their kids. It makes you realise there is no right or wrong way of raising a child. There are cultures that let their kids stay up late, others that follow a more traditional approach (without the use of all those baby gadgets) and each manages to raise happy healthy children. I recommend this book to any parent, new or experienced, but especially those who have self doubt about how they have chosen to raise their child.
The Battersea Park Road to Paradise by Isabel Losada
I am a huge fan of Isabel Losada. Every time I have read one of her books it's made my think in depth about my life, where I am, where I want to be, and how I might be able to get there. She writes in such a familiar voice, like an old friend who has invited you into their home for a cup of tea and a chat. She's funny, she doesn't preach, but subtly inspires you to take a look at yourself and the world around you. She's the reason I have finally started adding yoga into my weekly routine (after having the DVD for months) and have even attempted meditation. The first chapter of this book had me clearing out my drawers and another had me googling 'meditation retreats in South West France'. (I found this one and Isabel said it's a good one!) If you haven't already discovered Isabel's books I thoroughly recommend them, especially if you're feeling like you're a bit stuck in life and need a bit of direction!
What's on your reading list at the moment?