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It doesn’t take me much to go on a book buying binge. I have mentioned many times before my love of writing in all forms especially children’s books.
Lately I have been inspired to purchase a few picture books for Ari that can help him understand why Mummy sounds like a broken record trying to change his eating habits or why Daddy has to take off to work for a few weeks every once in a while.
Sarah’s Montessori inspired food area she has created for her kids is amazing! It made our toy area feel very manufactured and plastic and is what started my whole ‘beneficial and educational’ toys and books tangent. Let’s cut back on the Hot Wheels and Monster Jam trucks shall we!
Stacey highlighted an old post on Facebook covering how she encourages her kiddies to eat their vegetables. I was actually able to pick up the book Mealtime by Roger Priddy, the book that Stacey recommended, for a super cheap $5.80 on Booktopia. Bargain!
I also bought The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle for another hopefully educational eating journey. Look at all the good stuff that caterpillar eats and he learns to fly! I might even take on my own Superman ending with that one as we are all about super heroes at the moment.
The other direction I have been going in is to give Ari a better understanding about this FIFO life we have gotten ourselves into. At 2 and a half he is getting to an age where I can see him question life a bit more. Daddy disappears (quite literally as his flight has been very early in the morning) and then is gone for an eternity in small child time with daily phone calls and the occasional FaceTime, what’s up with that!
At the end of a fortnight away Ari isn’t much interested in those phone conversations. The abrupt and obvious ‘just come home already’ is a bit of a laugh.
I have followed A FIFO Wife on Facebook for some time but only just discovered she sells a range of children’s book that tackle the lifestyle and emotions that come with a FIFO worker in the family. This is where I picked up My Boomerang Dad by Deanne Hislop (Illustrated by Mike Nicholas).
My Boomerang Dad tells the story, from a little girls prospective, of a family whose Dad flies away to work. The book is mining focused, I guess working to the current majority, but also covers many other FIFO fields like doctors, military and the like. It also ticks off Mums working away too.
We have read it many times now before bed and Ari loves it. He is already showing a better understanding of the routine of Daddy flying off on a big plane to work. We speak about what Daddy does at work and he talks about the various emotions the children in the book are experiencing. Ari even finishes the book off now with the final few words, “he always comes back!”
I am so glad I grabbed it and thoroughly recommend picking up a copy if your house is also living the FIFO life.
Now not that I need encouragement for more purchases but what developmental picture books do you love reading to your kids?