Contrary to what you might think, I’m not only interested in topics related to bilingualism. Hehe!
I thought I’d start periodically sharing what I’m reading, both books and other blogs/websites. If you’re anything like me, you’re always on the hunt for something new and good to read. So, in case you need some fresh material, …
Here’s what’s currently on my bedside table:
At first glance, I thought this would be a critique of how modern parents allow their lives to center around their children, answering their child’s every beckon call. But, it’s just the reverse! This book by Christian psychologist, professor, and father, Dan Allender, is about the “art of listening to your family.” I’m both loving it and being challenged by its premise: what if God gives us children to raise US? What can we learn from them? Unlike many other contemporary parenting guides, this book does NOT give three-step solutions or formulas.
I’m slowly, and I mean des.pa.ci.to., making my way through this 300+ page novela that my cuñada gave me for my birthday (last March!). Some evenings I fly through a page in un pis pas, and other evenings I’m forced to pause at calima, brizna, chapurreaba, and faldón. Those are the evenings I turn D. into my human bilingual dictionary. (Maybe that’s why he puts on his earphones to watch TV…?)
Could it be that even more important than homework, tests, and overall high academic standards is the teaching of character – traits like patience, grit, curiosity, and stamina? Having recently quit my job of eight years as a teacher in an urban, low-income public high school (to stay home with E.), I was challenged to reconsider what matters most in the classroom.
Paul Tough’s book led me to grab this one on mindful discipline. I haven’t started it yet, but the summary on the back reminds me of this one by Mark Williams (Professor of Clinical Psychology and a Research Fellow at Oxford) that I read on mindfulness. Great read and great help to me. Perhaps a side order of this “Slate” article to balance it all out.
And, what’s new in my Feedly:
I recently stumbled upon Reading my Tea Leaves, by Brooklyn-based mom Erin Boyle. I’m loving her series on how to create a minimalist wardrobe. Now that D. and I live on just one income and have an addition to our family, I’m learning (yes, I know I’m a late bloomer here) to budget, save, and have fun without pulling out my wallet. Also, check out her series on living in a small space. It makes me want to invest long-term in apartment living.
These fun and down-to-earth blogs by madres in España: Baballa, Sonambulistas, and Cosas que Pasan en Helsinki, among others. Since having E., I’m trying to be more proactive about increasing my own input in Spanish, especially my parenting vocabulary. These blogs have made that task less “duty” and more “fun”!
Finally, I’ve added OnFaith to my list of blogs to follow. It includes a wide array of writings and musings from different religious perspectives. The middle class and the church are in decline in the United States? I’m also not a fan of the phrase “love on” someone. And, I had no idea of the back story here.
Drop me a line! I’m always looking for fresh material.