Wednesday, March 26, 2014

12 Books in 2014 Update 3

Another one down!  This month I got stalled a little bit on my 12 Books for 2014 goal.  I'm hoping to have made a bit of a recovery, though!  I just finished The Five Love Languages of Children.

Back in college I read The Five Love Languages and found it very intriguing.  While it most definitely did not turn me into a perfect partner, I think it was a good read for anyone wanting a serious relationship.  Since the most important relationship in my life right now is the one I have with my son, I decided a refresher, in the form of The Five Love Languages of Childrenwas in order.  I am so happy I read it now!  Xander is still so young that I am not quite sure what his love language will be.  Luckily, I do not think he has any issues with his love tank; I am constantly expressing love to him, in almost every language.  However, I do feel reading the book made me much more aware of how I interact with him.  I am also much more cautious about expressing love sincerely before and after I discipline him (I'm still far from perfect though).  I hope to keep the principles of this book in mind as he grows, and may even read it another time or two in the future.  I'd recommend it to other parents.  

Has anyone else read it?  What did you think?

My Twelve Books for 2014
In no particular order:
1.  The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child by Donalyn Miller
2.  Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs by Ellen Galinsky
3.  Design Make Play by Margaret Honey 
4.  Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov
5.  The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Champan
6.  Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood by William Pollack
7.  Sparks of Genius: The Thirteen Thinking Tools of the World's Most Creative People by Robert S. Root-Bernstein
8.  Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy
9.  Sink Reflections by Marla Cilley
10.  A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
11.  Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon Self-Control, and My Other Experiments in Everyday Life by Gretchen Rubin
12.  Beyond Snapshots: How to Take That Fancy DSLR Camera Off "Auto" and Photograph Your Life Like a Pro by Rachel Devine

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