What I’ve Been Reading Lately

Today I am sharing what I have been reading lately, for better or worse! These are the five books I have been spending my time with recently.

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Minimalism for Families by Zoe Kim

(Non-fiction) This book is a fantastic read for families looking to either dabble or dive into minimalism. My good friend Zoe wrote this book and it has been a pleasure reading her words. She gives the “why” and takes you through every room in your house. I was honored and excited that I got to write the forward for this book.

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero.

(Personal Development). This book came with rave reviews, but I honestly didn’t love it. Part of it was the fact that I listened to it in the car on Audible. Each time she dropped an F-bomb I had to turn it off. So it took a million attempts to finish it since my kids are generally in the car with me. I don’t mind profanity in the least, but this definitely botched my experience. Maybe I need to give it another shot?

SNAP – Awakening Curiosity in the Numbers One to Ten  By Sheryl Nichols Morris.

(Education) I’ve been curious about how young children learn math. I know it’s far more than learning to count and identify numbers. This is a simple, quick reference guide–no need to read it front to back. I loved the extraordinarily simple methods to build curiosity, awareness, and a love of math from the earliest age (the activities are ideal for kids ages 2 to 6).

Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou

(Memoir) I am a sucker for memoirs. I will read any and all that I can get my hands on (when I can get my hands on the time, that is). Even though memoirs aren’t technically self-help books, I always walk away feeling a little wiser. Considering this one is written by Maya Angelou, it was obviously touching and heartfelt. What are your favorites I can add to my wishlist?

Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All in Your Head by Carla Hannaford

(Child Development) The older my children grow, the more I realize that I don’t want them chained to a desk all day in school. Research is continuing to show how critical movement is in the learning process. This book is eye-opening, albeit a bit dense. I am still working my way through it.

What have you been reading?

Denaye Barahona

Denaye Barahona is a loving wife and mama of two. She's a therapist for moms, an author, and the host of the top-ranked Simple Families Podcast. Denaye holds a Ph.D. in Child Development and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been featured on the likes of The Today Show, Netflix, The Wall Street Journal, Real Simple, Forbes, and numerous other media outlets.