While there are lots of terrific nonfiction self-help books aimed at couples starting out, getting hitched, navigating rough patches, or even contemplating calling it quits, for the deep dive on marital relationships, I turn to fiction.
We tend to think of adolescence as a problem waiting to happen. Many have incredibly low expectations for the period and are satisfied if kids survive these years without something terrible happening to them. While the plasticity of the adolescent brain certainly makes it a more vulnerable time, plasticity cuts both ways. I want parents and educators to start thinking...
I recently spoke at the American Montessori Conference in Dallas alongside the remarkable Temple Grandin, author of "The Autistic Brain." She mesmerized me with her anecdotes about how her insightful mother nurtured her at a time when little was known about autism. Her real life stories stole my heart; she got me thinking about the fictional characters I’ve loved.
Are there family stories that have shaped or entertained you? Are you looking forward to reading books on this topic this summer? I’m drawn to novels about fathers and daughters. Simple stories of love and encouragement and conflict-rich stories fraught with the misunderstandings and missed opportunities that are germane to family life.
Women shouldn’t be the only ones reading about families. Without a doubt there are lots of good reasons for men to read fiction. In the thirty years I’ve counseled families, I’ve seen firsthand how family life education of any kind leads to positive attitudes toward motherhood and fatherhood, changing the way we think about children.
There’s simply no doubt that parental involvement is directly linked to students with higher self-confidence and more positive attitudes toward school and learning. From better attendance and grades, to higher homework completion and graduation rates, the most consistent predictor of high academic achievement and positive social adjustment for children is engaged parents.
Skip the beach read and dig into memoirs about parenting exceptional children. Marianne Leone, Emily Rapp, Priscilla Gilman and George Estreich have so much to teach you about wholehearted living. And each poignant memoir will show you what you have to learn from your children too.
The Anti-Romantic Child is a spectacular story aimed at parents to be sure, yet I could see so clearly as I lost myself in those pages, how powerfully Priscilla Gilman's messages would resonate with educators, therapists, and medical professionals.
I invited Priscilla to chat with me as part of my series Conversations. I’m delighted she agreed to an interview.
In Lynne Griffin's ongoing series, Conversations, she talks with people who have something compelling to say about family relationships. Today Lynne is chatting with Rachel Simon, bestselling author of "The Story of Beautiful Girl" and "Riding The Bus with My Sister."
In a new series of posts called Conversations, I’ll be taking an important family life topic and getting the inside story from a parent or expert –someone who can give us insight into the nuances of the issues.