“Teach Your Children Well” #PBC Resources
October 19, 2012 § Leave a Comment
We are gearing up for a very exciting Monday night Parent Book Club discussion led by author and educator Kurt Wootton. I have seen Kurt’s post introducing the book and covering the introduction, and it is outstanding! You are not going to want to miss this exciting discussion! Join us at 8:30 PM CST this coming Monday, October 22. Invite your friends. We are going to talk about education, parenting, and what it means to own”authentic success.”
In the meantime, here are some related resources I thought you might enjoy. If you haven’t done so, grab the book and join us Monday night!
New York Times Review of “Teach Your Children Well” by Judith Warner
Warner writes, “This message — that, essentially, everything today’s parents think they’re doing right is actually wrong - is the most noteworthy take-away from… this book.”
“The Ego in Raising Successful Children” at NYT Motherlode blog
Motherlode editor KJ Dell’Antonia notices, “I begin to suspect that we do all this discussing and ruminating, as Ms. Levine put it, ‘out of our own needs rather than theirs.’ How egotistical is it to think that my parenting skills shape my children’s every action?”
I liked this bit of the interview so much, I posted it on my Facebook page, but here it is again, straight from Levine’s mouth: ”When I say overparenting is not a great idea, I’m really talking about three things: Don’t do for your kid what they can already do. Don’t do for your kid what they can almost do, because that’s where they have those successful failures. Sometimes they make it; sometimes they don’t — but that’s where they learn. And don’t do for your kids out of your needs, not theirs. That’s my quick definition of overparenting.”
Harper Collins give you a chance to read a bit of the book before you buy; also provides links to online booksellers
Parent Book Club’s take on a related book, “How Children Succeed” by Paul Tough, and research on how character traits like grit and perseverance may prove to be more important to success than academics, test scores, and IQs.