One might think I am conducting research. Maybe I am. My findings have me all fired up. I feel empowered, ready for serious action, mad, excited, proud, eager ... all sorts of things.
** I have intentionally not linked the books to a purchase site - I do not intend to promote that you purchase them or if you want to, where you should.
Here is the short list: The Price of Privilege
Don't let the name fool you. Living in this country is privilege, and the wisdom of this book applies to any income bracket. It's not how much money you have, it's how you spend it or how you "spend" what you have on your kids. Best said review here
Revolution in the Bleachers: I foresee being at war with Big Daddy on this topic for years to come, I have done my research and am ready for battle. Many parts of this book made me gasp for breath, cry, cringe, nearly vomit and for the most part, hate the generation of parents I am among. Great summary here.
Mind in the Making. Still working on this one, I keep get interrupted by others....still well worth it, can't wait to make the time to finish.
Game On - I also didn't get to finish this one, yet. It was due back to library before complete - I plan to check it out again .... Great praise and quotes here, Synopsis here. I need to get my copy back.
Many above were suggested reading from The Race to Nowhere site.
Related titles I have loved from previous reading journeys Include: all by Dr. Michael Thompson, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, by Wendy Mogel, Consuming Kids (and all by Susan Lin) to mention a few.
The connectedness of them is all quite startling. It's easy for me as much of it confirms my intuition, my gut on how to do this thing called parenting, raising boys, all the rest. Though each time I pick one up and dive back in I get so much. The problem is I feel I am at battle, waging war with the Joneses you might say. They, The Joneses, are a plentiful and mighty army and at most times I feel alone with my convictions. If the Joneses would stop all their foolishness my life sure would be a lot easier. I also feel at battle with my husband. Big D has a tendency to worry about those damn Joneses too much in my opinion and is not ready to concede to the conclusiveness of my research.
The Happiness Project encourages me to take more notes, even if I don't know the purpose of said note taking. I've read so many books and learned so much but it feels like it's all melted into one puddle in my brain. I can't think of one fact to quote when I need to. The Happiness Project also encourages me (this is my reading of it) to write a book. Not so much that I need to publish it, just write it. I think I agree. I think I might take notes on my research, organize it, come to fact based conclusions and put it into one nice, easy to read, self published book.
OMG - I can do it and give it to big D for fathers day! When is father's day? How long does it take to receive said self published book once written? Happiness Project says I should spend no more than 30 days writing my book, done. I have a project to do (maybe I really can "publish" it here at home since time is of the essence). Better get on it, people's lives are at stake!