Saturday, August 23, 2014


Things have been rather disjointed, but I've still enjoyed some books here and there.

Two Thousand Kisses a Day from LR Knost was fabulous.  I know I have referenced this book in some parenting entries.  I'll definitely be reading her other material.  It comes from a common-sense place, and I found it much more approachable than another very compelling book that made me think of the same questions called Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves.  Along the same vein of good/deep, I never finished Parenting from the Inside Out.  I felt like I had already reveled in much of that information in similarly connected books and quit after just a couple of chapters.

I re-read Hold On to Your Kids by Gordon Neufeld to review much of what I learned from his Neufeld Institute and found the read so different this time around.  It felt so bleak the first time, and I wondered if I'd make it through since it seems like such a downer.  I don't think I read it as carefully the first time because on the second reading there was plenty of information about how children "work" and about generally supporting them in a variety of ways.  The "hold on" of it felt a lot more to me this time like the responsibility we have as parents to do for them what they cannot do (and should not be expected to do) for themselves.

For my teacher life, I recently read the very popular Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess.  It validated a lot of what I've experienced for myself.  He goes farther than I'm willing to go to say I'm creative and engaging, but he reminded me of a lot things I can do, I used to do and forgot or that I currently do that are engaging.  It was a quick and worthwhile read.

On another front, I heard from another Simplicity Parenting leader about The 4-Hour Work Week.  It seemed interesting enough, but I can't find myself applying all that much because my goals are quite different from the author's.  I will say that he has clever approaches to many problems that business people or any working person might face.  I really appreciated his no-holds-bar approach to simplifying his day and media consumption etc.  I'm not sure I can really imagine working for myself, but if I did, I'd probably take him a bit more seriously?  Most things that seem to good to be true are such for me in that the process and motivation are intense for me.  He feels he enables himself to pursue his "real" passions with these strategies, but I see a lot of it as taking advantage of people and markets.  I quit reading this one about half-way in.

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