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Virtual Book Club: What Should We Read Next?

It’s time to pick a new book for Virtual Book Club folks (yipeeee).  Before we get to the choosing, a few new ground rules…

I think you’ll all agree that our inaugural book stretched on for an epicly loooong time.  This time around we’re going to attack the thing in much larger chunks.  Here are the proposed steps:

  1. Take a vote [Today]: We’ll do that here in just a bit.  Don’t forget that write-ins are totally welcome on the ballot.
  2. Announce our book [Friday March 1st] : Keep an eye out next Friday so you can pick up the book and get reading.
  3. Chat #1 [Thursday March 21st] : Time to dish! Come ready to discuss the first half of our book of choice.
  4. Chat #2 [Thursday April 11th] : It’s a wrap.  We’ll finish up with a discussion of the second half of the book.

What do you think – more manageable?  I’m asking for two things from you guys today:

  1. Click on the link below to vote on your book of choice.
  2. Let me know in the comments if you have thoughts/suggestions on the new schedule.

Now, on to our options.  I’ve narrowed it down to two possibilites, only one’s a parenting books this time around.  Intrigued? No?  That’s probably because I put a big photo of both book covers on the top of the post, huh?

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Click here to vote!

#1 – HOW TO TALK SO KIDS WILL LISTEN & LISTEN SO KIDS WILL TALK

from the publisher

The ultimate “parenting bible” (The Boston Globe) with a new Foreword—and available as an eBook for the first time—a timeless, beloved book on how to effectively communicate with your child from the #1 New York Times bestselling authors.

Internationally acclaimed experts on communication between parents and children, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish “are doing for parenting today what Dr. Spock did for our generation” (ParentMagazine).  Now, this bestselling classic includes fresh insights and suggestions as well as the author’s time-tested methods to solve common problems and build foundations for lasting relationships, including innovative ways to:

·      Cope with your child’s negative feelings, such as frustration, anger, and disappointment

·      Express your strong feelings without being hurtful

·      Engage your child’s willing cooperation

·      Set firm limits and maintain goodwill

·      Use alternatives to punishment that promote self-discipline

·      Understand the difference between helpful and unhelpful praise

·      Resolve family conflicts peacefully

Enthusiastically praised by parents and professionals around the world, the down-to-earth, respectful approach of Faber and Mazlish makes relationships with children of all ages less stressful and more rewarding.

why I’m interested

I’m facing the cold, hard truth that my littles just aren’t going to see Mommy and Daddy as heros forever.  Planner that I am, I’m looking for a roadmap to help me form the kind of bond I want with my kiddos before it’s too late.  The title of this one says it all for me. Establishing good communication with your kids early on is critical in forming bonds and keeping the peace later on. Plus, it’ll pay us parents back tenfold when the teenage years arrive (right?!).

#2 – THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

from the publisher

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. “The days are long, but the years are short,” she realized. “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.

In this lively and compelling account, Rubin chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. Among other things, she found that novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness; that money can help buy happiness, when spent wisely; that outer order contributes to inner calm; and that the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference.

why I’m interested

Who couldn’t use a little more happy?  I’ve actually become a bit obsessed with the topic of happiness ever since watching this with the hubby and I’ve heard this book is wonderful.  Just the idea of reading it makes me happy.

Question of the Day

What do you think of the new book club schedule?  Talking about a book half way through and again at the end feels like a good amount to me but what do you think?

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