I really do love all kinds of books....I have to be real honest, though, and tell you that I just couldn't with Gone Girl. I checked it out from the library way before there was talk of a movie, because I heard so many people raving about it. I read a few chapters, and couldn't handle the language, or the story, or the characters. It was making me feel ehh reading it, so I finally put it down. But wanting to know what all the fuss was about, I read the synopsis online. (Such a squirrelly move...I was so disturbed after reading it, I couldn't even sleep that night.)
Janssen puts out great book lists, and I know they're going to be good quality books all around. I always look forward to her suggestions, and request all of them from the library immediately. She suggested A Spoonful of Sugar a while ago, and I'm so glad she did.
The book is an autobiography of a British nanny during World War II....(very Call the Midwife!) It's full of her stories and advice, and I loved it. It made me appreciate and love my role as a mother, and brought out a ton of things that I believe to be so true in parenting (the author and I think a lot alike when it comes to parenting.) A few of those things...
*"The whole essence of my childhood and, in my opinion, the key to any happy childhood is simplicity."
I am the first person to argue the importance of kids' classes, sports at an early age, etc...you almost can't survive in today's world without getting an early start, BUT....yesterday, I was sitting in the hallway watching Walker show me how to skip, and it. was. awesome. There's beauty and so much growth in simple moments, slowing down, and just....being.
*"I made sure never to dismiss their pain but instead to listen to their worries and to do whatever I could to ease their burden."
Love this. Love this. It took me a while to get this, and sometimes I still struggle, but when my boys are upset about something, I genuinely try to listen to and understand them. It's kinda beyond me when one of them gets upset about a broken wing on an airplane, but that's their world right now and I try to respect that.
*"How, with just one word or a smile, she had the power to bolster their egos and turn their worlds around. Because of her unrelenting love she made them feel like men ten feet tall."
She was talking about a mother she observed, and I thought this was so important, and such a good reminder. Parents need to be their kids' biggest cheerleaders, and need to help them become the best they possibly can be.
*"Manners are so vitally important."
I am so old-fashioned when it comes to manners, so I especially loved her stories about whipping naughty kids in to shape. :) Kids will be kids, and that's a fact, but manners are something that are really important to me. The author discusses ways to go about teaching children manners (and I did too, a year ago.)
I loved this book, obviously, and highly recommend it.
What's on your nightstand right now?