Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Lessons Learned


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?

20 comments :

rebeccalately said...

I love Janssen's book lists :) I am going to put this book on my to-read list! It sounds like something I would enjoy.

Kristen said...

I'm re-reading Anne of Green Gables and just picked up "a Fall of Marigolds".

rooth said...

I was also a NO-GO with Gone Girl so I'm glad to hear that I'm not alone. The writing, the characters, the everything.

Fairy Princess Jord said...

I'm adding this to my reading list, thank you so much for the suggestion! I love reading books about nannies (:

Kayla MKOY said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again. You are the BEST mother, Ashley! Seriously. So proud of the woman you are! It makes me so sad when I see parents depriving their kiddos of a loving relationship that they deserve. Unfortunately, that's the case for the family who lives under us in the apartment below. All she does is scream at them all day, and says the worst things imagineable. It breaks my heart! But I know I will do my best, when I'm a mother, to let them know just how loved they really are! I may need to check this book out :)

A Taylor said...

I have to check out this book! I too believe that it really is the simple things that matter. My boys really are satisfied with so little but yet they have such big smiles!

Sarah said...

I listened to *most* of Gone Girl in the car and had to return it before I could finish it and had someone tell me the ending...and I agree, I didn't love it. Though I do sorta want to see the movie.

Helene in Between said...

Gone girl was definitely a very different read for me. I did enjoy it though. I'll have to look into this one!

Janssen said...

Ah, you are too nice. So glad you liked it - wasn't it so inspiring? I'm so glad for good examples of mothers like you!

Caroline said...

you are such a wonderful mother, I just know it :)

s said...

you are such a great mom!! xO!
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Rach @ This Italian Family said...

I hadn't read Gone Girl yet just because I'm not normally into thrillers, but after what you said about it here I was curious so I want to read a synopsis online too. You're right - creepy!

This Spoonful of Sugar book sounds right up my alley, though! :)

Tayler Morrell said...

I want to read that book now!
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Because of Jackie said...

I read Gone Girl and saw the movie and LOVED both, but they both also disturbed me. I am currently reading Jen Hatmaker's book "7" and I am SO inspired, I love books like this that make me feel GOOD. I need to check out the one you are reading, as I love a simpler lifestyle and stepping back a bit from crazy-town while raising children;)

Ash said...

My best friend and I trade book recommendations back and forth all the time (of course, the majority of mine come from Janssen! ;) but she had barely started Gone Girl when she texted me and told me not to bother! She ended up skimming to the end but hated it for all the same reasons you did! Needless to say, I'm not going to be watching the movie. =)
Anyway, A Spoonful of Sugar sounds delightful! I'm on a bit of a WWII-era kick right now so I'll have to check it out. I'm still not a mom (!!) but I'm sure I'd enjoy it.
Also, how adorable is that picture of you?? Ah!

Meghan @ Hayes Days said...

There are definitely times when I'll try to read a book and I just can get over it. I've been wanting to read this book though! I'm glad to hear a recommendation for it.

Nicole | Pharr Away said...

I'm currently reading Gone Girl, and I've already seen the movie. The movie was a bit extreme and very intense (as is the book) but I enjoyed it. The language in the book did catch me off guard at first as well but I like the book thus far too. I look forward to reading something a bit less disturbing next so I may just check out your suggestion!

walking dot photography said...

Oo, that sounds fun! Putting it on my reading list :)
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Kimberly said...

I was thinking about trying Gone Girl, but I was unsure after hearing some reviews. This seals it, I'm going to skip it.

Katie said...

Ooohhh! I'll have to check this one out. I read Gone Girl, and I think you made the right choice. It was one of those books I thought about putting down the entire time I was reading it, and I probably should have. Lots of garbage that probably wasn't worth it, even though it did have some killer plot twists that kept me turning the pages. You should pick up An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff. I thought it was a super inspiring story. It really makes you think about the power of acts of kindness.

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