What Book is on Your Nightstand?


This is the time of year that I love to climb into bed with a good book. Cool evenings are perfect for curling up under soft sheets and sipping a cup of tea while I read. Here is what has been on my nightstand. 

Your Teenager is Not Crazy

By Dr. Jeramy and Jerusha Clark.  I love this book. Every page is a revelation about how a teenagers brain and body are changing, and how that impacts how they interact with the world.  Example: while adults can interpret facial expressions correctly almost all of the time, a teenager can only correctly interpret your facial expression about 50% of the time. Whoa! Using the most current biological and psychological research, the authors evaluate 26 behaviors or issues that any teenager will most likely be dealing with at some point. The book explains what is going on inside of your teenager, and the biological and psychological factors that are involved. Then they offer encouragement and suggestions about what you can do  as a parent, which reduces your own chances of going crazy! Get your copy:: Your Teenager Is Not Crazy: Understanding Your Teen’s Brain Can Make You a Better Parent

Age-proof: Living longer without running out of money or breaking a hip 

By Jean Chatzky and Michael R. Roisen, MD. As my kids are growing older, so am I. This book touches on two issues that affect us all: health and money. It contains practical and accessible advice on how to manage your health and your money so that you can thrive at any stage of your life. Get your copy:: AgeProof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip

The Organized Student: Teaching children the Skills for Success in School and Beyond

By Dana Goldberg and Jennifer Zwiebel. This book methodically walks you through how to teach your kid organization skills for school. If you have had a kid who hangs their finished (but not turned in) assignments on the inside of their locker, and you wonder (like I have) where in the world all of their missing assignments are, this gives some great tips to teach them some skills to keep track of their belongings and their classwork. Practical and encouraging, it offers strategies to help your kid have the right tools and create their own process to keep track of their responsibilities. Get your copy::  The Organized Student: Teaching Children the Skills for Success in School and Beyond

What Katy Did 

By Susan Coolidge. This is one of my family read-aloud favorites. Written almost 150 years ago, it is still engaging and charming. This is first in a series of six books, and if you can get your hands on the entire series, it is well worth the read. And if you are a history buff, the fourth book details a journey to Colorado Springs in the 1890’s. I love that so many of the concerns that children grappled with 150 years ago are just as relatable today. Also, it gives an amazing glimpse into the differences of another time, which is so fun to discuss with my kids. Just magic. Get your copy::  What Katy Did (Puffin Classics)

A Wrinkle In Time

By Madeleine L’Engle. This is a classic as well. I am re-reading because the movie is came out March 9th, and I am super-excited! If you have never read it, now might be a great time to check it out. Get your copy:: A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)

These have been my favorites. What about you? What would you add to the list? 

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