Bookworm Friday: Five Books Recommendations from Kseniia Koltsova

On daily basis, Kseniia is a Software Developer in Test in Data Fundamentals Squad. After work - a superhero mom of two a bit naughty kids!

She says: For almost a year we're stuck in limbo and our houses started to be our offices, sometimes schools, kindergartens and gyms. Some of us work from their kitchens and some from their bedrooms, the lucky ones have a cabinet only for themselves. Our children have mastered online education and the art of online communication with their friends.

I'm keen to share my favourite books about parenting and self-improvement that will hopefully help you as well as they did for me.


1.Jean Liedloff, The Continuum Concept

The continuum concept is an idea that human beings have an innate set of expectations that our evolution as a species has designed us to meet in order to achieve optimal physical, mental, and emotional development and adaptability. Liedloff suggests that when certain evolutionary expectations are not met as infants and toddlers, compensation for these needs will be sought, by alternate means, throughout life, resulting in many forms of mental and social disorders. I recommend reading this book when you have a newborn or expecting one.


2.Masaru Ibuka, Kindergarten Is Too Late! 

The main idea of this book is that it's never too early to teach your child to enjoy good music, books and art. Spending time with your kids and teaching them may be a future investment. This book is easy to read, and I managed to finish it cover to cover in a few days. It is better to read it while your child is between 0 and 2, or maximum 3 years old.


3.Julia Gippenreiter, Communicate with your child. How? 

This book is clearly explaining how to “tune in” to a child (be attentive to what they’re doing and get involved in their activities), to build active communication with children, avoid certain phrases, do not rush to break the dialogue, give children time to take a break and find the right words. This book helped me to build close relationships with my children and even with my husband.


4.Elaine Mazlish, Adele Faber, How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

This never dying classic about communication between parents and kids includes fresh insights and suggestions, as well as the author’s time-tested methods to solve parenting problems. I used this book as a guide: what to say to the kids to be heard. Sometimes after getting stumped, I opened this book and was able to find the recipe that I could follow.



This is a book on the subject of money was written for children. It gives children a chance to venture into the world of a grown-up activity - namely, dealing with money. I remember reading this book for the first time when I was at university. Since that time, I wanted to read it to my children in the future. To my surprise when I was finally reading this book with my eldest child, I’ve found out that the main character is named exactly like my daughter - Kira!