Simplicity Parenting

Friday, April 6, 2012

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This book was suggested by Jora after my post on choice. After reading the title Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier and More Secure Kids, I couldn't wait to start reading. After our first week of soccer - pretty sure I heard a guy tell his wife "if {insert child's name} keeps this up I am thinking scholarship". barf. they're three - I feel like Ross and I need to take a pause and make sure that we are on the right track with our kids and our parenting. So I thought I would see who's in for a virtual book club. Not sure the best way to do this but I am thinking that I will post some thoughts/questions in one month Monday, May 7th and we can talk amongst ourselves via 'comments.'
1- get the book
2- read
3- check in 5/7 & let's discuss!
I have no idea if this will work but even if only a couple of us read, I have a feeling that this book has the potential to make a difference in the lives of our precious children.

35 comments:

  1. i'm in. husband's been gone, kids have been home (so i haven't started yet)... but now he's back... let the reading commence :).

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    1. so glad you are in!!! and you hubby is home. double yes! ox

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  2. I'm in, too- was planning to write a bit about my progress on my blog today as well since I read the 1st chapter and it already has really struck me! Maybe a link up to if we post our thoughts about it on our own blogs, too?

    I spent much of yesterday with big trash bags "clearing clutter"- getting rid of the many, many toys my kids don't use, simplifying the art space so they can easily access it anytime they want to create. Norah asked to watch TV the other night and I steered her to her paints- to my surprise she happily agreed w/no fuss and painted for 30 minutes while I cooked!

    Can't wait to discuss as we all read more :)

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    1. fun! yes I will jump over to your blog to check it out... I will link to you during our discussions for sure!

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  3. I would love to join too. I was just talking about the book last night and am going to pick it up this week. I'm in a monthly book club and find that reading, then discussing always makes the book more powerful and leaves a stronger impression. Parenting philosophy and tips should be shared, so this book would make for a perfect discussion. Great idea, thanks Alexis!

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    1. i agree! I think it will especially be great when it involves the theme of parenting... I learn a new lesson, tip or piece of wisdom about being a mommy every time I am with other mommies. so glad you are in!

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  4. The timing of this post is so perfect! I just read this article the other day:

    http://www.npr.org/2012/04/01/149804404/n-y-preschool-starts-dna-testing-for-admission

    and I also thought *double barf*. Why can't kids just be kids? My husband and I have been talking a lot about the way we want to raise our daughter, so I am in too! I can't wait to read this book.

    Thanks,
    Kelly

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    1. oh I can't wait to read this! thank you for the link!!

      ps. "double barf" ha!!!

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  5. I'm in! I just put a hold on the book at my library. I had a similar soccer experience last year with my 4.5 year old son. There was a parent screaming at their kid for not performing or high fiveing them for aggressive behavior. We almost quit soccer. There are so many choices with how to raise our child. Simple seems to always be the right answer. I'm eager to read this one!

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    1. oh good so glad you are in!! can't wait to hear your thoughts!! poor kid with the crazy soccer parents... darn that breaks my heart.

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  6. alexis you know after our talk this week I am with you! I almost gagged when you told me that! Someone on that team needs a reality check!
    I am in on the book club idea which normally terrifies me that I won't finish in time. I am reading bringing up bebe too. It's fantastic and focuses on patience in children and delayed gratification and its calming effect on them and their needs vs wants. I will pick this up and join in! See you manana! I hope it goes better than last week. Happy Easter!
    -kristen

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    1. oh good... so glad you want to read too!! see you in a bit ;)

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  7. This all takes me back to Waldorf days. I definitely want to do the mommy class with Reid like I did with Harper. You should check it out, I think you would like it. I would love to join in the book club! Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow. I worked it out to go to the shower now yipee!!! And maybe I'll see you at soccer too? Harper would LOVE to see Henry in his soccer uniform! xoxo

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    1. I am so so so happy you will be at Michelle's!! are you bringing Reid? hope so! I can't wait to hold her :)... So funny I actually just contacted Waldorf about their parent toddler classes... did you hear that they are moving to Carlsbad? I'm bummed... good for you! We would love to do it with you guys :)!! ox

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  8. I'm in! I just had it teleported to my Kindle. My kid's only 11.999 months (turns a year in a few days), but it's never too early to start thinking about these things. I'm a little bewildered that he's already voicing his opinion so loudly. :) Thanks for sharing; I'm looking forward to discussing! xxx

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    1. That is awesome! I wish that I would have read this when Henry was a baby... it is never too early... I have a very wise friend that taught me to "start how you want to finish"... so glad that you are going to be reading with us!!!

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  9. You already know I am in. ;-)

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  10. thanks Lex! After watching his video on the website for the book (http://www.simplicityparenting.com/), I'm unclear as to what exactly he is suggesting parents actually DO, i.e. what is the proactive stance he is taking? I'm interested to find out.

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    1. I didn't know there was a video.... I will watch... I have only read a chapter and so far the steps to simplify seem pretty straight forward but I am only on chapter one... so glad you are going to join us!! oxox!

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  11. I would love to join the discussion too. In fact, I am just composing a similar post on my blog since I have just finished reading it and am so inspired. I will link to you in my post and mention the virtual book club. Amazing idea!

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    1. wonderful!! that is amazing you are already done... you are inspiring me to stop what I am doing and get in bed to read... looking forward to reading your post! fun.

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  12. Can I be part of this even if I don't have a child myself? I have to say that I'm really curious about this book, especially after working with children so such a long time.

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  13. OF COURSE!! Actually I am finding that it applies to everyone... not just kids... Simplifying my own closet, "toys" and stuff is really important and makes life so much more..... well simple :). One week!!! excited to see you!

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    1. oh good!! we need to catch up!! I was on your blog today and adore the photo of Maggie.... I can not believe how big she is! too cute!

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  15. Love this! Love your blog!! I'm totally in!

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    1. thank you! so glad you are in.... I am hoping it is a good discussion... have you started reading yet?... there is so much good stuff and I am only a couple chapters in. :)

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    1. yeah!! now I have to figure out how the heck I am going to have a book club online ;). so glad you are in. oxoxo! I wish you were closer there are 20+ bloggers coming over on Saturday night all hoping to be inspired. You would be the perfect addition. love you!

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  17. I am in too! Love the idea! I also like {Suchsmallsteps} idea of linking to thoughts if we post separately too, as I am sure I will want to once I read, the book sounds great. I am curious about it for sure.

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  18. I'm curious to know how everyone liked the book! I'll add it to my future wish list for whenever we have kids :)

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  19. Just discovered this post via inspirationcooperative. Won't be done in time for the virtual book club, would would love to join in next time! Sounds like a great book - I'm going to go pick it up today:) Have a great weekend!

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