PAIL book club, vol. 3

I suppose it makes sense to open a post about Book Club with this question: How many parenting books do you already have on your shelves?

I went to graduate school for early childhood education (specifically infants and toddlers), so it probably wouldn’t surprise anyone to see a bunch of child development books scattered around my house, although they’re mostly being used as coasters or collecting dust in the back room these days. In my living room, however, are several recent purchases: mostly Dr. Sears and a few twin-specific titles like “Mothering Multiples.” Every single book has met the same fate– I bought them while pregnant, thumbed through them a few times, thought “This isn’t really applicable for me until I have a child who is at least X age,” and then… they were forgotten. Seriously, I took to Twitter for desperate advice when my girls stopped sleeping through the night and completely forgot that I have a whole book about sleep issues not ten feet from me.

The book we will be reading for this installment of the PAIL Book Club is not a typical parenting book. It’s a “throw everything you think you know about parenting out the window” book. And I am pumped as hell to read it.

If you’ve read any Malcolm Gladwell (“The Tipping Point,” “Blink”), Nurture Shock looks to me like it’s another book cut from that mold– looking closely at a variety of social, environmental, and developmental factors in an attempt to pinpoint the reasons behind things children do. I’m curious to see if I finish the book feeling like I’ve got an “in” on some parenting secrets.

This book came on the request of several PAIL bloggers, so we’re hoping that there will be lots of participation and some fun discussions!

If you’d like to participate in the book club, this is how it will work:

1. Fill out the form below to sign up.

2. Pick up a copy of Nurture Shock. Check your local library and reserve your copy today!

3. On October 11th (3 weeks from now) we’ll send around an email to all of the participants asking you to send in a question or discussion topic, anything at all you’d like to talk about with the rest of the book club. You don’t have to send a question, but the more people who do, the more jumping-off points we’ll have to facilitate a discussion.

4. The question and topic list will be posted on October 18th, so you’ll have a month to read the book. Then, write a post about Nurture Shock on your blog – your thoughts, issues you had with the book, new ideas you got, things that surprised you, anything at all. Your post is due at midnight, October 31.

5. Two weeks later, on November 1st, we’ll post the list of blog links and BOOM! We will have some amazing discussions and get to know some new bloggers!

Important dates:

  • ASAP – buy the book and sign up for book club
  • Oct. 11th – submit your questions and/or discussion points
  • Oct. 18th – complete list of questions will posted
  • Oct. 31st – post due to be submitted for the listing
  • Nov. 1st – complete list of participating blogs will be posted on PAIL’s main page

Alright then… get reading!


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