Now that I am expecting my second child, I have realized that much of this experience is deja vu of the first time around…but there are also I few things that are very different.
Baby showers for instance…
With the first baby we needed: a crib, changing table, stroller, car seat, blankets, baby bathtub, nursery decorations, clothes, bottles, diaper bag etc…
With this baby we need…clothes (and that’s only if it ends up being a different gender then our first!).
There were just a handful of items that we now needed duplicates of but we asked for those for birthdays/Christmas and by the time our baby shower rolled around we really didn’t need anything!
But let’s think outside of the box. Let’s think more long-term then a convertible stroller or the newest high-tech bottle…
What if we could put together a registry list that would literally change our child’s future??
One of my fondest childhood memories is the library!
We all had our own library cards and would literally max them out every time we walked through those amazing doors! We even had an entire bookshelf devoted to library books and it was one of the most exciting bookshelves in the house! I love learning and reading (even though I don’t seem to have quite as much time to do either nowadays) and I attribute that to all the reading we were encouraged to do with our trips to the library.
Of course, my parents were always very careful what was let into our house and even 20 years ago there were iffy books to be found on those endless shelves. So my brother and I would go collect books and bring them by the stack to my mom who would scan every one of them before we could check them out. Nevertheless, the majority of the books in those stacks were able to be taken home because there were just so many good ones to choose from back then.
But as the years have gone by, it has become harder and harder to find good books on the library shelves…and easier to find books touting a worldview we are not interested in exposing our children to.
Molding your child’s mind
I doubt any of us would question the benefit of reading. It can improve grammar, comprehension, knowledge, vocabulary etc.
But more importantly, it can significantly alter your child’s view of the world and life. Reading can truly mold our mind and heart!
Which is why I am so thankful of how careful my parents were in deciding what I watched and read. Rarely is a movie or a book JUST fun. And at this young, moldable age, it is so important to think of the message being sent to your child’s brain.
So what are parents to do if your library offers less then motivating books? Build your own library!! No money? What better way to invest in your unborn child than to ASK FOR GOOD BOOKS AT YOUR BABY SHOWER!
How to decide
The first additions my husband and I wanted in our library were the books that we grew up on and that molded us in favorable ways. Thankfully, my husband has an excellent memory…and my mother compiled a reading list of everything we read growing up. If neither of these are applicable to you, I would just Google classic kids books and see if any of the titles ring a bell.
The second way I got some direction on what to add to this list was by an excellent book, recommended to me by my sister-in-law.
Honey for a Child’s Heart is an inspiring book by Gladys Hunt in which she not only spends some time talking about the importance of books in your children’s lives but also gives a large list of her personal suggestions based on the age of your child.
So before our baby shower, we sat down at Amazon.com and registered first for books that we remembered fondly and then for many of the books suggested by Gladys Hunt.
And now, after our baby shower has passed, we have an excellent start on what will be the Sutton Family Library!!
“Influencing our children is not a casual task. It won’t get done unless we have a plan.” Gladys Hunt
Thank you so much for reading (LOL, get it?)! I would love to hear if you have any suggestions on how to build your family library!