Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Reading Material

I've read some incredible articles lately on parenting and want to share two of them with you. I don't think you need to be a parent to find these very very worth your time.

This first one, from the Atlantic monthly, was given to me by the leader of the moms' group I'm in, which is so wonderful. You'll be hearing more about it for sure. Basically this article talks about how as parents these days we can try so hard to tune into our kids and in doing so give them everything they want and need---and indeed believe that this is helping them to find what truly matters to them and makes them happy----but in fact can leave them feeling empty and lost and that something is wrong if they aren't happy all the time. It's a nice counterpart to some other wonderful material that's out there.

This next one might make you cry. For a couple of days. I know the writer from her days in LA; she lives and teaches in Santa Fe now. Her little boy was diagnosed with Tay-Sachs disease after his birth--her prenatal tests were negative. It's a heartbreaking yet inspiring look at the power and preciousness of just loving your baby. I'd go get the tissues now if I were you.

Notes from a Dragon Mom

It's beautiful and fascinating to have a whole new realm of reading be top of my interest list. I'd love to know your favorites in this area! Because Luciana and I aren't doing crafts yet, I confess my Marthas from this month and last are sitting there unread. I do plan to get to them this weekend. I'd like to.


  1. OMG that second one is SO sad! Amazing brave woman!

  2. I read Notes From a Dragon Mom after you mentioned it on twitter. Wow. I don't think I can go back and read that a second time. Powerful stuff. But thank is necessary to be reminded of things like that and not take anything for granted.

    I have read so, so much (too much!) parenting stuff over the past 6 or so years that sometimes I feel like my head is spinning. But one that always stands out to me is You Are Your Child's First Teacher. I love everything about it. You would probably find it more relevant as Luciana gets a little older, but there is def. baby stuff in there too. :-)

    Also, I am so very sad that Mothering Magazine is no longer. I used to be regularly inspired, moved, motivated, challenged and filled with gratitude. If you can get some old issues, I highly recommend them!

  3. She is SO BRAVE. and Jora, I'm having a hard time going back as well. WIll add "First Teacher" to my reading list! Loving "Bright from the Start" right now too. Maybe ebay for Mothering mag.....? XO