In past reviews, I’ve mentioned that I do most of my non-picture book reading with audiobooks. I’ve been a fan of audiobooks for a long time, but they’re especially important to me now that I’m a parent. First, let me explain what an audiobook is, in case you’re just joining this awesome party, and then we’ll get into why you should give them a shot. At the end, catch a promo for one of our favorite audiobook services. If you use it, we get paid, and that helps keep Busy Nest News going. Thanks!
What's an audiobook?
Audiobooks are actual print books that are read in a studio and recorded for others’ listening pleasure. Many people call them by the format in which they first encountered listening to books, such as:
Books on tape. Books on CD. MP3 books.
These are all formats for the recording, but they all fall under the broader heading of audiobooks. I choose to use this broader term, because for our purposes it is the most precise. I encourage you to use this term, as well, if you ask for a recorded book at the library or as a gift. If you use “book on tape,” the person doing the fulfilling might think you’re married to that format, and tell you it isn’t available, when it might be available on a disc, or as a digital download instead. Or your friend might gift you a box of tapes, when you don't even own a cassette player.
How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7, by Adele Farber and Elaine Mazlish
In October 1980, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish published How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk. It became a bestseller in the world of parenting books, and has stayed relevant in the ensuing decades with various updates. In January 2017, Faber’s daughter, Joanna Faber, wrote a more specific version of this classic guide with her friend, Julie King. Joanna and Julie both grew up with their parents using the principles in the original How to Talk, but found they were still sometimes stumped when it came to the very young children in their lives. After many workshops, they wrote How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7. This book takes the principles and tools from Faber and Mazlish’s original, and focuses with laser intensity on the specific issues that come up with children between two and seven, with many real life examples of the teachings in action.
I held a bottle of shampoo hostage yesterday. It worked great, but at what cost?
Let me rewind a bit. My little Monkey has just recently become interested in watching movies and TV shows. This is kind of good for me, because until then, she insisted I play with her all day. Not just keep an eye on her and interact periodically. No, Monkey needed her mommy to be on the floor, reading books, playing games, and singing to dolls ALL DAY. It’s been fun, but Mommy needs to fold laundry, make meals, and organize the family’s business, too.
So now Monkey watches TV, sort of. She sits to savor some scenes, and runs around playing with her dolls, blocks, and playhouse the rest of the time. One favorite movie of hers, is Trolls. When we saw a bottle of shampoo at the store that looks like Princess Poppy, and even has her soft, pink hair, we decided to get it for Monkey. Well, that bottle of shampoo is now one of Monkey’s favorite dolls. I tried to get her to leave it at home, so we could go to the gym without a bottle of shampoo in tow (crazy).
“No, Poppy is MINE!” Monkey informed me.
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