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6 Books Every Parent Should Read, Including Blending Families, Bully-proof and More

 
Being a parent is never easy; sometimes we all need a little help. Struik Lifestyle has compiled a list of essential reading material for parents – from fostering early childhood development and nurturing good eating habits, to understanding blending families and helping your child deal with bullies:
 

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Blending FamiliesBlending Families by Flicky Gildenhuys: Integrating former family units into a new strong, happy and successful blended family can be a minefield, but it can also be a thoroughly rewarding voyage of discovery. Blending Families explores how the impact of the past and hopes for the future can shape the way we manage the everyday challenges of living in a blended family. Understanding both the parents’ and the children’s perceptions of the new situations in which they find themselves and their possible reactions to their new living environment is the essence of the book.
 
 
Early Childhood Development ChecklistEarly Childhood Development Checklist by Carla Grobler: Parents of babies and young children are constantly watching and wondering whether their children are reaching their developmental milestones within expected time frames. It is important to keep in mind that each child is unique and that no two children will arrive at these milestones simultaneously. Early Childhood Development Checklist aims to guide parents and teachers in the timeous identification of developmental delays a child may display.
 
 
Bully-proofBully-proof by Gail Dore: Every day thousands of South African children go to school filled with terror because they know they’re going to be bullied. Children who are targeted by bullies are at enormous risk, yet many parents don’t know why it is happening to their child, or what to do about it. Bully-proof looks at every aspect of bullying, from name-calling, taunting and rumour-mongering to physical assault, and examines why and how bullies behave the way they do, and what can be done to help them and their victims.
 
 
Mealtimes Made FunMealtimes Made Fun by Debbie Wareham and Kim Jurgens: This book follows the baby-led weaning approach and contains helpful suggestions as well as information on how to make the transition from beast milk/formula milk to solids as easy as possible for both moms and their babies. There is an in-depth section on breastfeeding as well as the right time to introduce solids. The baby-led weaning method suggests making the baby part of mealtimes and having them finger-feed from the high chair tray while the family is enjoying their meal.
 
 
Food for your BroodFood for your Brood by Sam Gates: Whether you need a rocket under your everyday menu, or posh nosh for high days and holidays, this cookbook is packed with Sam’s practical, innovative (and ruthlessly tested!) recipes that jump off the page, grab you by the hand and steer you at high speed towards the kitchen. Gather your brood together and get cooking, sharing memories and laughter over plenty of good things to eat.
 
 
 
 

A sixth book, Change your Child’s Behaviour by Anchen Witthuhn, will be released in July this year and provides sensible and stress-free solutions to helping young children with behavioural difficulties.
 
 

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