Every year I challenge myself to read at least 50 books. Yes, that is about 1 book a week right now. With a little leeway for 2 weeks. I also during that reading want to make sure that I’m going everything I can to also learn new things. This year I added a few parenting and self-help books that I’m going to be reading.
Several of these books are re-reads for me. Why re-read a book I’ve already read? Well for starters several of the books I read at the start of when I had my kids or before I had kids. I also am at a different place in my life and what I get from the book at this time will be different than the last time.
I have several ways that I use the books. For these books I like to have physical copies that I can touch and put marking in. I have really got for most other books to ebooks and I love having ebooks. When I read these books I want to make sure I take the time to put in notes and focus on what I’m reading rather that to read them on the go like I do most other books.
I put tabs and post it notes in the books. They are color coded for each child. This allows me to go back and read sections I thought worked really well for that child. I’ll also make notes and print it smaller to put in the book for each child as well. An example of the note would be:
Pg 113 Signs of Sensory overload
This helps me find what I’m looking for in a book I’ve read. I’ll be making these notes in the new books I’m reading. Plus this helps my husband, it is like reading the cliff notes on what I have learned.
You can see below an example of one of the last time I read a book and my tabs on the book.
There are 13 books that I’ll be reading. Some will be quick reads because I’m re-reading them and others will be new and take longer. My hope is to have them all read by December. I’ve already started on my first book and going through it! I can’t wait to see what I learn this time that will help me out.
The Books I’m Reading
Please note this is not the order that I’ll be reading them. I know that some of my reading will change with the flow of our lives.
- How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
- The Out-of-Sync Child
- Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with SensoryProcessing Issues
- Raising Resilient Children : Fostering Strength, Hope, and Optimism in Your Child
- If I Have to Tell You One More Time…: The Revolutionary Program That Gets Your Kids To Listen Without Nagging, Reminding, or Yelling
- Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew: Updated and Expanded Edition
- The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children
- Raising Resilient Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Strategies for Maximizing Their Strengths, Coping with Adversity, and Developing a Social Mindset
- Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life
- Sink Reflections
- Full Catastrophe Living (Revised Edition): Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness
- Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon Self-Control, and My Other Experiments in Everyday Life
- The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
You can find out about more of my goals for the year here.
Do you have any self help or parenting books that you are going to be reading this year?
Cassie – 3Dinosaurs.com