What I Read - March Edition

I got this book from the library and it was super helpful in getting our brooder set up and helping us along in basic chick care. As in, did you know you have to watch for poop build up and wipe some of their butts? Yep, wiping baby and chicken butts in this house. Luckily it's only really affected two of them periodically. [Sidenote: chickens are freaking awesome and grow FAST!]

This book has been on my to read list for years. At the urging of a friend I finally picked it up and was blown away. It is a heavy book, so prepare yourself emotionally for that. It is an amazing story though and a cool way to learn a little more about life in another country (most of it is set in Ethiopia and yes, I know that the historic events are not 100% true). A great book if you are looking for a serious, engrossing read. You learn a lot about forgiveness in these pages.

This is the first book I read about gifted kids that I felt had truly valuable tools inside it and shared our parenting goals. The book says it better than I ever could:

We've all heard the saying "life is a journey, not a destination," and this is especially true for children. We really can't predict where our kids are going to end up. It's their job and their privilege to figure this out. We can try to equip them for their journey by offering loving guidance and support, but we also need to get out of their way so that they can become competent and discover their own path.

As parents, we are our children's first mirrors. Our comments and reactions shape how they see themselves. The world will tell our kids that they're smart. They need our help to see that they are far more than that. What matters is not only what our children can do but also how they touch the lives of those around them. We need to show our kids that we treasure their kindness, humor, curiosity, determination, and compassion. We need to hold up a mirror to them that reflects, not just their performance, but a caring view of their true and evolving selves. By loving them for more than their abilities, we show our children that they are much more than the sum of their accomplishments.

Now if only we could get public schools on board with this, we'd be golden! I'll save that rant for another post soon, as it's been brewing in my head for weeks, well, probably decades.


What have you read lately? Am I missing anything good?

[Disclaimer: If you click on the above Amazon links and purchase anything I receive a small commission from Amazon. Like a few cents. Buying from Amazon is awesome, but your local library is pretty cool too.]

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