Friday, 25 September 2015

Recommended Books about Fatherhood

There are so many books out there that it's easy to get overwhelmed. Here are some books that consistently get good reviews. The Book Depository has free shipping to Korea. What the Book in Itaewon can get most books for you. Amazon might be a good option if you have someone coming to visit or can buy the Kindle version of the book. The descriptions are based off of Amazon's descriptions.


Do Fathers Matter?: What Science is Telling Us About the Parent We've Overlooked
Written by Paul Raeburn

Traditionally fathers have been authoritative figures who provide for their children financially. New studies show how fathers changes when their partner is pregnant, how they affect their child's speech, if a child can influence their father's health, and more. You can buy it from Amazon or the Book Depository.



Great Expectations: Becoming a Dad: The First Three Years
Written by John C. Carr LCSW

The author is a social worker and psychotherapist who discusses all the how-to's as well as the emotional side of being a father. He also talks about the crucial impact a father has on his child and why they need to be there from the start. You can buy it from Amazon or the Book Depository.



When I First Held You: 22 Critically Acclaimed Writers Talk About Triumphs, Challenges, and Transformative Experience of Fatherhood
Written by Brian Gresko

Becoming a father is a life-changing event. This book contains stories about deciding to have children, birthing, tantrums, and letting a teen out into the world. You can buy it from Amazon or the Book Depository.


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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Baby Fairs in Korea

Updated 10 December 2016

Baby Fairs are great since you can see and try many things you might want to buy for your baby. Some fairs have an entrance fee, though usually if you pre-register, it's waived. Prices range widely for the items. My suggestion would be to try the items out and then buy them at home or have friends or family ship or bring them to you. You should also definitely consider a baby registry. You can then have people ship you the items, go get them when you visit, or have family bring them when they visit.

Even if you don't buy anything from the fair, it's still nice to be able to see the item ahead of time and sometimes you can get samples. Some booths even give out generous gifts. Many people order online or have friends or family members bring things when they come to visit since it's usually cheaper that way.

Below you can find links to information about baby fairs for specific years. For more information check out their websites or call them. All of them are held in big malls and should have English speakers. If they don't, call 120 and they will do a three-way call and translate for you. Or you could try Ask Ajumma
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Thursday, 17 September 2015

ICAN of Seoul: International Cesarean Awareness Network

Updated 12 November 2017

 Give Birth A Chance
Buy from Amazon
*ICAN of Seoul no longer meets. If you're interested in starting ICAN in Seoul, please contact them.

If you're trying to avoid a C-section or trying for a VBAC, choosing a good hospital or clinic is key. VBACs aren't common in Korea, though more doctors are willing to let women "try" for one. Below you can find some other articles written about VBACs or C-sections.
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Thursday, 3 September 2015

Recommended Books for Parenting

There are so many books out there that it's easy to get overwhelmed. Here are some books that consistently get good reviews. The Book Depository has free shipping to Korea. What the Book in Itaewon can get most books for you. Amazon might be a good option if you have someone coming to visit or can buy the Kindle version of the book. The descriptions are based off of Amazon's descriptions.


The Attachment Connection: Parenting a Secure and Confident Child Using the Science of Attachment Theory
Written by Ruth Newton PhD

This book discusses the facts about attachment parenting. It discusses why the first five years of development are key and how you can help your child grow up to be happy, secure, and confident. You'll learn about your child's brain development. You can buy it off Amazon or the Book Depository.



The Baby Book, Revised Edition: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two
Written by William Sears, Martha Sear, Robert Sears, and James Sears

Written by the famous Sears, this book discusses the questions that concern parents most: from eating, sleeping, development, health, comfort, and more. You can buy if off Amazon or the Book Depository.



Kids: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Raise Young Children
Written by Meredith F. Small

A follow-up to the book Our Babies, Ourselves, this book discusses how we raise our children. Scientific research on human evolution and biology is presented. The author talks about how parents can enhance or hold back the emotional and psychological growth of their children. You can buy it off Amazon or the Book Depository.



Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent
Written by Meredith F. Small

This book suggests that we reconsider our culture's traditional views on parenting. You'll find out that somethings that are culturally done may not be the best for our children. Learn about babies sleeping alone, bottle vs. breastfeeding, how long you should wait to pick up a crying infant, and whether it's important to talk to your baby. It's an interesting book that challenges many of our beliefs about parenting. You can buy it on Amazon or the Book Depository.



The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child
Written by Robert W. Sears

This book is fact-based and offers impartial data about vaccines. There is also an alternative vaccination schedule. Information about how common the disease is, what the ingredients in the vaccinations is, how serious the effects of the disease are, and what side effects the vaccine may cause are also covered. There is also information about Canadian vaccinations. You can buy it off Amazon or the Book Depository.


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