With a 3-year-old and a new bundle of joy coming in November, I’m attuned to many of the challenges that come with being a working parent. I constantly skim books on women in leadership, pregnancy, and parenting, and thank the stars that Neil Gaiman has written another wonderful book that can be read in a few hours over several lunch breaks.
This also means that my conversations often center around bringing up children. For preschool/daycare resources, I’ve found the Indiana State Child Care Provider Information very useful. The list offers names, locations, and ratings of Indiana Child Care providers. You can find this link and other helpful links on a variety of topics using our Subject Guides, all grouped according to subject.
I also browse our library bookshelves for parenting books. Recently, I’ve read Parenting Without Borders by Christine Gross-Loh. She discusses the practices and challenges of parents around the globe, and also offers her thoughts and recommendations. It’s comforting to be reminded that parents around the world have similar hopes and dreams for their children, and how different cultures strive to meet those hopes and dreams.
One’s body goes through quite a journey during pregnancy. By signing up for BabyCenter.com, I receive regular email updates on how both my children are growing. We also have a book in print published by Babycenter, called Pregnancy: From Preconception to Birth. The emails seem to be very timely, as just about the time I am asking myself if something is normal, I get an email pretty much saying, “Yes, it is!”
My professional career is an integral part of my life, so I consistently read books on women and leadership. Several months ago, I read the best-selling title Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. We have her title in print, in audiobook, and in eBook form, so there are lots of ways to see what people are talking about. A piece by Anne-Marie Slaughter published in the Atlantic Monthly, called “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” continues to stoke the home/work balance discussion as well. We have the Atlantic Monthly, and other popular magazines in our collection. Many of our magazine titles are in print, and other issues are accessible via our America’s News database.
Whether you strive for our mainstream culture’s image of “having it all,” or you make your own unique measuring stick, your library is a great place to go for information to help you with everyday life, as well as your lifelong goals!