If you have school-age kids at home, chances are you’ve been counting down to this week — this glorious, long-awaited, blessedly silence-filled week — now that, for most of the Yakima Valley, school is officially back in session.
Usually, the buzz around this time of year is focused on the kids as they head back to the classroom, ready (or not) to learn, play, interact and grow alongside their schoolmates, but “back to school season” is a big deal for parents, as well.
Parent-teacher conferences, juggling your kids’ extracurricular calendar, finding time to help with homework while also advocating for their success in the classroom and in life … it’s a lot. Truly.
I’m not a parent, but I can definitely attest to the fact that my friends-with-kids (yes, in my head, I hyphenate their “title”) turn to books to help them in their journeys through parenthood.
Sure, people always say there’s no instruction manual for parenting (and even if one existed, it’d have so many volumes and addenda that it would have to be housed in an airplane hangar), but there are tons of books available that can be a sort of secret weapon in your parenting arsenal.
So, as the kids are digging out their backpacks, working on their sight words and delving into subjects like geometry and civics, consider adding one or more of the following books to your own after-
summer reading list.
To help kids build study skills
• “Education a la Carte: Choosing the Best Schooling Options for Your Child” by Kevin Leman
• “Teenagers 101: What a Top Teacher Wishes You Knew about Helping Your Kid Succeed” by Rebecca Deurlein
• “What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life” by Sharon Saline
• “The Learning Habit: A Groundbreaking Approach to Homework and Parenting that Helps Our Children Succeed in School and Life” by Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman
• “Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up: Help Your Child Overcome Slow Processing Speed and Succeed in a Fast-Paced World” by Ellen Braaten
• “Help Your Kids with Study Skills: A Unique Step-by-Step Visual Guide” by Carol Voderman
Parenting and problem-solving
- “How to Stop Losing Your Sht with Your Kids: A Practical Guide to Becoming a Calmer, Happier Parent” by Carla Naumburg
• “Oh Crap! I Have a Toddler: Tackling These Crazy Awesome Years — No Timeouts Needed” by Jamie Glowacki
• “Parenting Through Puberty: Mood Swings, Acne and Growing Pains” by Suanne Kowal-Connelly
• “Disconnected: How to Reconnect Our Digitally Distracted Kids” by Thomas Kersting
• “Positive Discipline Parenting Tools: The 49 Most Effective Methods to Stop Power Struggles, Build Communication and Raise Empowered, Capable Kids” by Jane Nelsen
• “The Weekday Lunches & Breakfast Cookbook: Easy & Delicious Home-Cooked Meals for Busy Families” by Mary Younkin
• “The China Study Family Cookbook: 100 Recipes to Bring Your Family to the Plant-Based Table” by Del Sroufe
• “Dinner Solved! 100 Ingenious Recipes that Make the Whole Family Happy, Including You” by Katie Workman
• “The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet: Make Lunches Your Kids will Love with More than 200 Deliciously Nutritious Meal Ideas” by Laura Fuentes
• “The Complete Baby and Toddler Cookbook: The Very Best Purees, Finger Foods, and Toddler Meals for Happy Families” by Mary Youkin
• “The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning and Life” by Julie Bogart
• “The Everything Guide to Homeschooling: All You Need to Create the Best Curriculum and Learning Environment for Your Child” by Sherri Lisenbach
• “Better Together: Strengthen Your Family, Simplify Your Homeschool, and Savor the Subjects that Matter Most” by Pam Barnhill
• Krystal Corbray is programming and marketing librarian for Yakima Valley Libraries. Learn more at www.yvl.org.