PAIL Book Club vol. 5: No Regrets Parenting posts

Here are the posts for our No Regrets Parenting installment of the PAIL Book Club! Feel free to link to your post about the book in the comments and we’ll get you added to the main post listing here. Join the discussion by commenting on everyone’s posts!

Writing Prompts:

  • What, if anything, did you find particularly useful about this book?
  • How did this book influence how you think about parenting or how you approach busyness?
  • What parts of this book you do disagree with and why?
  • The author keeps talking about time, time time with your kids. I know a lot of us at PAIL have young toddlers, and I’m wondering what others do with their kids in this age range. Sometimes when I have the whole weekend, at some point I feel like I run out of ways to keep everyone entertained.
  • What kinds of things do people do to “double dip” as is discussed in this book?
  • Do you have child activity limits or do you let your child sign up for everything like the “potpourri” parent described? If your kid(s) is(are) young, what are your plans?
  • How do you make time for yourself if you are focusing on spending time with your children and keeping up a demanding career like the author describes?
  • Frequently people tell parents to “enjoy every minute” while their kids are little, and at times this book has that sort of feeling. What do you think about this advice and how can you make it practical as a part of your life?
  • How do you keep track of your child’s activities? Do you find it helpful or hard to see what you might be missing?

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PAIL book club vol. 5: discussion questions!

Yes, I am fond of exclamation points.

Here are the questions for discussing No Regrets Parenting. The deadline for posts is next Wednesday the 24th so there’s still plenty of time to join in if you are interested!

  • What, if anything, did you find particularly useful about this book?
  • How did this book influence how you think about parenting or how you approach busyness?
  • What parts of this book you do disagree with and why?
  • The author keeps talking about time, time time with your kids. I know a lot of us at PAIL have young toddlers, and I’m wondering what others do with their kids in this age range. Sometimes when I have the whole weekend, at some point I feel like I run out of ways to keep everyone entertained.
  • What kinds of things do people do to “double dip” as is discussed in this book?
  • Do you have child activity limits or do you let your child sign up for everything like the “potpourri” parent described? If your kid(s) is(are) young, what are your plans?
  • How do you make time for yourself if you are focusing on spending time with your children and keeping up a demanding career like the author describes?
  • Frequently people tell parents to “enjoy every minute” while their kids are little, and at times this book has that sort of feeling. What do you think about this advice and how can you make it practical as a part of your life?
  • How do you keep track of your child’s activities? Do you find it helpful or hard to see what you might be missing?

PAIL Book Club vol. 5: discussion pause

bookclub5There’s still time!

We are extending the deadline to submit your questions until next Wednesday the 17th. Then the questions will be posted on the 18th.

If you were thinking, “But I don’t have time to read that book!” you are wrong. You now have MORE time to read it if you want. It’s a fast read with very short chapters so you can just read the parts that relate to you. This also means the deadline for submitting posts for listing on the PAIL main page will the be 24th and the list of posts will go up on the 25th.

I hope you join us in reading No Regrets Parenting if it suits you!

PAIL book club, vol. 5

This month’s book club selection is No Regrets Parenting: Turning Long Days and Short Years into Cherished Moments with Your Kids by Harley Rotbart, MD.

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I think a fair bit about regrets these days, having a baby to remind me of all the things I’d do differently if I could start over with the Kid. Five years has given me time to make some mistakes, but it isn’t the big things that I regret. I don’t regret one bit that vacation we didn’t take. I regret the little things that pile up.

My kid is very deliberate in what she does and how she gets from one activity to the next. There is no hurrying her. As her parents, we learned this a long time ago. Knowing it and never hurrying her are two different things, though. That’s my regret – that in the moments where there truly isn’t any need, I rush her and I do it for no good reason other than my own hurry.

But the other end of parenting is what the Kid remembers. She talks about the sprinkles on her birthday cupcakes and the time we made cookies. There’s sure something in the moments that matters, that may be all that matters.

I’m looking forward to this book, to hearing some ideas about how to get into the moments and out of my head where I’m fretting about school or the mess or the budget. Please join us in reading:

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 “No Regrets Parenting” Don’t forget to see if your local library has it!

3. On July 10th 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 July 11th.  Then, write a post about No Regrets Parenting 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, July 17th.

5. July 18th we’ll post the list and we’ll have some discussion and share our thoughts!

Important dates:

  • ASAP – buy the book and sign up for book club
  • July 10th– submit your questions and/or discussion points
  • July 11th – complete list of questions will posted
  • July 17th – post due to be submitted for the listing
  • July 18th– complete list of participating blogs will be posted on PAIL’s main page

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Ms. Future PharmD is a student pharmacist who blogs over at Mom PharmD, where she’s been talking about life-work balance and secondary infertility since the fall of 2011. She is the proud parent of the Kid and Little Monster, ages 5 years and a few months respectively.

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PAIL Book Club: Simplicity Parenting posts

Our recent PAIL book club was “Simplicity Parenting, Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids.” The book was really in-depth and offered a lot to think about. Below are the prompts we offered to think about the book and the links to those who wrote posts about it. If you didn’t get a chance to write a post feel free to chime in by sharing a comment below.

Writing Prompts:

  • What is your “vision” for your family?
  • How do you think your life circumstances are uniquely suited/not suited to Payne’s message?
  • What do you all think would be the hardest things for you to change to simplify your life according to Payne’s suggestions?
  • Did anything in the book resonate particularly strongly with you?
  • How do you feel about Payne’s proposed ban on “adult topics” with kids? In your family, what do you intend to discuss with or keep from your kids?
  • What do you think about Payne’s theory of children having “Cumulative Stress Disorder?” Have you seen examples of it in real life?

Blogger Submissions:

1) Jules of Two Pink Tulips shared, Background Noise

2) Cheap? Tired? SIMPLE, from Gemini Momma of Three Geminis and a Sagittarius

3) Shannon of Chasing Rainbows shared, Simplicity Parenting

4) CJ of Metholic’s Blog, Simplicity Parenting

5) Mandski of Full Bed submitted, Pail Book Club: Simplicity Parenting

6) MomPharmD shared, Simplicity Parenting.

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