After my parenting book club mistakenly assumed that Brene Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection was about imperfection in our kids, I found myself reading a self-help book. Such books are not typically on my reading list, so I was slow to process it. Writing about it helped a little. My book review is in this link.
I started reading Paul Tough’s How Children Succeed for my book club, which focuses on parenting and education books. I thought I was going to get ideas for how to help my own kids have the grit and discipline and strength of character to be successful in school and beyond. Instead, it made me think outside of my own family to the bigger picture of children and adolescents around the country. It made me want to find a way to reach the kids Tough writes about, who do not have the advantages of a safe neighborhood, good school and comfortable home. His book makes you wonder if the only way to improve our schools is to work with one student and, as important, their family at a time.
Please read my book review on Yahoo Voices.