Book Recommendations

I’ve had the good fortune of reading some excellent books recently and wanted to share them with you.

Mindsetby Carol Dweck, was recommended by my son’s 4th grade teacher. It describes the difference between a fixed and growth mindset. It’s chock full of fascinating examples of sports figures, business leaders, etc. I was so inspired to learn how to foster a growth mindset within myself and then extend that to our family, that I’m going to ask my husband to read this book as my Mother’s Day gift!  That’s an easy win for him!

by Michael Thompson. I’m still in the middle of this one, but Thompson gives fascinating insights into the minds of tweens and teens. I feel like I’m playing catch up trying to figure out my own three kids in this age group. I probably should have been reading these types of books a couple of years ago to prepare myself, but better late than never.

All Joy, No Funby Jennifer Senior. This is a brand new book released just this year. When I first started it, I thought it should be mandatory reading for every couple contemplating having children since it talks about the effects children have on any parent, whether they are straight, gay, married, single, a grandparent, etc. For anyone who is in or has gone through the baby stage, it’s pretty obvious how you’ve been affected. Luckily, I continued to read on despite having passed the baby stage long ago. The author goes on to describe the various ways older children, and in particular the teenage years, impacts parents. It’s worth getting to the last chapter which describes the difference between happiness and joy and how that relates to parenthood.

Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living, by Pema Chodron. I haven’t abandoned my love of spiritual literature despite the immersion program I’ve plunged myself into as I wade through the new waters of parenting tweens/teens. Chodron has a number of books out and I’ve listened to several. I particularly like the ones she reads herself, like this one, as her voice is soft and soothing. A lot of what she teaches is new to me and it feels like learning a foreign language. I have to listen and learn and forget over and over again. Hopefully at some point, I’ll learn the terms and better yet, be able to practice them in the moment. In the meantime, I’m happy to recommend both this book and it’s author if you haven’t already discovered her for yourself.

What have you been reading and/or listening to that you’d like to share?