12 Books on Parenting for New Moms and Dads

Being a mom, I constantly wonder about the development of my child and how I can continually foster learning, growth, love and creativity in our home. As my child gets bigger, so does my parenting book library. Below is a small list of books that have enlarged my understanding as a parent and offers a variety of perspectives and values. Each book gives new inspiration and appreciation for this wonderful journey called parenthood.

ROW 1:  Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman, Between Parent and Child by Haim Ginott, Parenting with Love & Logic by Clive Foster and Jim Fay, Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel Siegel ROW 2: Einstein Never Used Flash Cards by Kathryn Kirsh-Pasek, The Confident Child by Terri Apter, Playful Parenting by Lawrence Cohen, The Idle Parent by Tom Hodgkinson  ROW 3: Grace Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel, Simplicity Parenting  by Kim Payne and Lisa Ross, Beyond the Sling by Mayim Bialik, The Complete Buddhism for Mothers by Sarah Napthali

If you would like more children’s book recommendations and ideas, please see our 40 Books Every Child Should Read and 21 Books to Start a Baby’s Library blog post.

What is the best parenting advice you have ever received?

Stephanie is Art Director at Half Price Books Corporate
You can follow her on Twitter at @saltpepperpress

29 Thought-full Gifts Your Mom Will Love

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13. And to help you find the perfect gift for your mom, our experts have rounded up some “thought-full” books. Year after year, a mother’s role changes. So you should choose the right gift that suits your mom and her interests.

There are titles below hand-picked for expecting mothers, newbie moms, working moms, sentimental mothers, moms who need a break, and let’s not forget… grandmothers, too.

Stop in to your local HPB and ask one of our Bibliomaniacs to help you find these books and more! Do you know what you’re getting for your mom yet? If you’re stumped – remember, you can always grab an HPB Gift Card. And right now, for each $25 you spend in gift cards, you’ll get a $5 HPB Card!*

A special shout out to my amazing mother for the wonderful woman that she is. And hats off to moms everywhere! — Meredith

UPDATE: Still in search of gift ideas for mom? Hop on over to the HPB YouTube channel and hear what some of our store managers suggest.

*Offer valid in-stores and online at hpb.com through Sunday, May 13, 2012.

Top 31 (PG-13 Rated) College Experiences (In Which I Not-So-Subtlely Encourage You To Order Your Textbooks* from HPB.com)

(Disclaimer: The following is a list of college experiences compiled from the HPB Blog Team and is not meant to directly reflect my own college experience. Except for the brilliant & funny bits — those are all totally mine. Also, please prepare yourself for some nudges to buy your textbooks from HPB.)

1. Move to college town. Feel so excited you might puke on your shoes. Or your new pot-luck roommate’s shoes. Try hard not to.

2. Get your textbooks. Which you ordered from hpbmarketplace.com (of course). Cheer (quietly, because roommate is napping. Again.) Roommate did not order textbooks from hpbmarketplace.com. Start to suspect this regret may be adding to her depression (naturally).

3. Request change of residence. Because roommate had a nervous breakdown, which may or may not have been textbook-related (but obviously it was).

4. Two words: Ramen Noodles

5. Two more words: Spaghetti O’s

6. Write a check at the copy shop for $1.27. Which bounces.

7. Forage for snacks. Take zip top bags to the dorm cafeteria and stash to-go food secretly in your back pack.

8. Acquire the resolve to do well in college, graduate, and get a job that pays enough to not have to eat mustard packets for dinner. Until then, make some cash by selling your first semester textbooks to Half Price Books. Use windfall to upgrade mustard from French’s to Grey Poupon.

9. Get dumped by your girlfriend/boyfriend. Woe. Gloom. Despair. 

10. Visit the Home Laundromat. Take trunkfuls of dirty laundry home to visit Mom. Upload enough “fun” pictures to Facebook to make all your high school friends believe you’re having the time of your life. Ask Mom if it’s normal to feel like you’re not having the time of your life. Feel better when she lends you a poetry book on finding yourself. (Which she ordered– wait for it — from hpbmarketplace.com.)

11. Wipe tears, and try again. Play the field. Find a new girlfriend/boyfriend, or fall in love with being on your own. Joy. Glee. Euphoria.

12. Join the intramural badminton team. Design the uniforms, including monogrammed sweatbands.

13. Score some battle scars. Try out for the local roller derby league, only to show off your best bruises to your sorority sisters.

14. Get involved on campus. Make some friends. Pledge a fraternity/sorority/social group, and find yourself doing and saying things you never thought you’d do or say (for which you can make fun of yourself years later, with the rock solid friends who did and said those things with you.) Wear school colors. Sing school songs. Develop undying hatred for rival schools and their state’s inhabitants. 

15. See your favorite band in concert for the first time. Call home and hold up your cell phone for your brother, who’s introduced them to all his high school friends. Buy him a half-priced LP for his birthday.

16. Watch six movies in a row. Decide you’re going to film school.

17. Learn to play the guitar. Decide you’re dropping out of school (don’t, though.)

18. Arm-wrestle. Thumb-wrestle. Lip-wrestle. (Just don’t actually wrestle. Unless you’re on the wrestling team, of course. Or playing Twister.)

19. Travel or study abroad. Don’t watch the movie Taken first. Grow up by leaps and bounds.

20. Immediately upload Louvre and Big Ben pictures to Facebook. Remember that discussion with your mom over laundry freshman year. Find the same inspirational poetry book at your local Half Price Books and give it to one of your new freshman friends, whose life it changes. (Don’t ask us how. It just does.)

21. Sit in on a class you’re not taking because you heard the professor is that good (or, because you’re majoring in Petroleum Engineering but actually want to learn about Cultural Anthropology.) Find the material so fascinating you order the textbook for some light reading. Guess where from.

22. Change majors — because the textbook makes you realize that Petroleum Engineering is rubbish and Cultural Anthropology is your real passion in life. Order more textbooks. Come to terms with the fact that Petroleum Engineering would have actually made for better job prospects than Cultural Anthropology, but it’s cool, because you decide you’d like to do Teach for America/Grad school/Peace Corps upon graduation. Realize you need to start volunteering. And recycling. And applying.

23. Meanwhile, turn 21. Go out and celebrate. Try not to die.

24. Curse loudly. Because while you succeeded in not dying, you discover that your car has been towed.

25. Eat your feelings. By comforting yourself with pizza from a downtown street vendor at 2 a.m.

26. Make impulsive decisions. Feeling sorry for yourself morphs into wild abandon. Get a tattoo from a downtown shop at 2:15 a.m.

27. Regret those decisions. Sob into your pancakes at 3 a.m. Because now Tommy’s hungry. 

28. Realize the epic brilliance of “the fourth meal.” It heals all wounds. And tattoos are (mostly) removable.

29. Watch the sunrise. Pass out till it’s dark again. Boot. Rally.

30. Have an epiphany. Discover that red Solo cups are the key to everything fun in life.

31. Have an actual epiphany. Think often about Mom and her infinite laundry-scented-poetry-book wisdom. Learn (in a myriad ways) that maybe college is not “the best time of your life.” And that’s okay. Isn’t it better to believe that your best days are ahead?

*Seriously though, you should order your textbooks from us. If you shop HPB Marketplace online, you can save up to 90% off campus bookstore prices. You can impress mom and dad before the semester even starts. If you’re a procrastinator (like me), be sure to choose expedited shipping to make sure those textbooks arrive in time for class. You’ll thank me for it later. Cross my heart.

And in the meantime, what are (were) your best college experiences (even if they were the worst at the time?) 

– Kristen D.