This book explores the social expectations on men and women. While “male management styles” typically dominate the work culture, “female management styles” typically dominate the home environment. The author argues that both of these things need to change in order for people to be happier. My wife read it and said, “It’s like she’s been hiding behind our couch listening to all our little arguments.” It was both validating and insightful, so she insisted it be pushed to first on my list.
This book is all about exploring and improving the relationship between couples. As my wife and I approach our third wedding anniversary, we’ve had this book recommended to us on at least 3 different occasions from different people. As I understand it, it teaches practical techniques for eliminating negativity and better respecting each partner’s individuality, while simultaneously strengthening the connection. Exploring the balance between individuality and unity seems important: Giving up oneself is a recipe for resentment, but lack of connection would seem to make a relationship meaningless. I’m excited to read it… (and practice the exercises…)
Our son, now 2 years old, goes a Montessori daycare; he loves it, but the biggest surprise is how much WE have had to learn as parents. Many people say parenting is really intuitive, but frankly, sometimes my intuition has caused things to get a lot worse. (Apparently, for instance, it’s not really the best option to pin your kid down in order to brush his teeth…) Some simple techniques have really made things easier and more fun. This book was assigned reading 6 months ago, but I didn’t do it yet. This summer’s the time!
This book was gifted to me, and I’ve been hearing about it as a commentary on our times. The subtitle is “Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance,” which sounds pretty cool to me. While the other books seem to talk about family-related ideas, this book, I think, talks about global stuff. It’ll be my “big picture thinking” for the summer. I really have no idea what it’s going to talk about, and that’s exciting to me!
I’ve read this before. Many times. But I’m going to read it lots more too. It’s a board book that I read with my son. It’s about a bear who slumbers away while a party develops in his cave. When he wakes up, he’s super-sad to have missed the fun! Don’t worry… it all turns out okay.
This one is a kids’ book, but I’m reading it for me. I’ve got both the French and English versions. I’d like to keep working on my French, and reading chapter by chapter – I’m thinking French, then English, then French again – should help me learn some new language! Plus, it’s a great story with powerful messages for people of ALL ages.