Book Group and Be Refreshed

My copy of The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind arrived yesterday and I am eager to jump in.  We’ve been talking about reading and discussing it as a group. Does anybody have an idea of how we could do that?  The simplest thing would be to discuss a chapter or two a week through the comments, but if there is a way to do it live, or a way that would be more interesting, I’m all for it.

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If you have an idea for this, please email me at lisa@onethankfulmom.com or leave a comment.  I’m sure it’s been done, I’m just not techy enough to know our options.

The other reason I haven’t officially started reading it is that I want to finish my book group’s current read, The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World.  It is quite fascinating since I’m married to an introvert and, in my brood of kids, I have at least two introverts.

The most interesting contrast is between Eby and Little Man.  Eby is a definite introvert, he gets his energy recharged by solitude.  When I say it’s time for Quiet Hour, he nearly breathes a sigh of relief and heads up to his room.  Little Man, on the other hand, nearly bursts into tears; an entire hour of solitude is painful for him.  If you are an introvert, it will help you understand yourself better – and if you’re married to one, it will definitely help you understand your spouse

Yesterday I had a great phone meeting about my talk at The Refresh Conference this February in Seattle.  It is going to be a wonderful conference and I hope many of you will join us.  This is the conference description:

The Refresh conference is designed for foster and adoptive parents, kinship providers, grandparents, and others who care for God’s orphaned and vulnerable children. We understand firsthand that this journey can be difficult and lonely. The refresh conference is a time for you to escape from the distractions and chaos of life and be refreshed, equipped, and inspired.

Doesn’t that sound fantastic?  I’m hoping Russ and our youngest six will join me this year.  There is even going to be a Kids Camp so the children can have their own fun.

Today is my first “normal” day in a very long time.  A week of travel, multiple appointments here, scattered school days, and general disorganization have taken a toll on me.  I am looking forward to a day with nothing unusual in the mix. Just writing those words nearly makes me laugh knowing that something out of the ordinary is bound to happen.

Have a great day, friends.

Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

16 Comments

  1. Paula Miles Spears
    September 27, 2012

    I have my own quiet hour everyday, on my bed with my eyes closed. 🙂 But I'm not insulted if you call it a nap. Both of those books interest me; I'll be looking into them for my Nook.

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  2. Emily
    September 27, 2012

    The story about Little Man made me laugh. So true.

    I am SO coming to see you guys for the Refresh thing. Tell those youngest six to save some fun for me :-D.

    I want to read this book! Oops I might have to buy it. Just what I need. More books. 🙂

    LOVE.

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  3. Sami
    September 27, 2012

    I don't think I'm going to be able to join in, but what about a "One Thankful Mom Book Club" facebook page? I think set it up like your blog FB page but have it be dedicated to discussing the book. It would be more interactive, I believe!

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  4. Coffeemom
    September 27, 2012

    I ordered the book (thru your site link) and it just got here. I started it yesterday and already am underlining away. FASCINATING! Good good stuff! Excited to carve ut the time to continue studying it….and follow here! Than you!

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  5. thejessicarudder
    September 27, 2012

    You could use Google Hangouts so up to 10 people could do a video chat.

    It's free (though everyone that wants to attend needs to register for Google plus).

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    1. Penelope
      September 27, 2012

      I 2nd the Google Hangout video chat! Just chatted tonight with foster parents from 4 different states.

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  6. Laurel
    September 27, 2012

    How about an "Adoption Book Club" Yahoo Group ? I'd join. Lots of good discussion can take place on a yahoo group.

    🙂 🙂 🙂

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  7. angela
    September 27, 2012

    I want to know about your QUIET HOUR.

    You mean we can send all the kids to a quiet spot for an hour and I don't have to feel guilty that I need some peace???? Sometimes I think my head is going to explode if I don't get a little reprieve in the day. The adopted children yell MOM, MOM, mom every minute……. I don't know how to break them of it.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      September 27, 2012

      I'm a big fan of Quiet Hour (which we do not call nap time since that insults the older kids) and have implemented it since my oldest kids were little. With children home all day every day, I need a bit of quiet to make it through the day – it makes me a better mom. I'll write a post about it tomorrow or early next week.

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  8. AmyE
    September 27, 2012

    Loved the Introvert Advantage! It really gave my extremely introverted 15 year old daughter confidence in understanding herself. Even gave me words for teachers during conferences when one of them commented on her lack of confidence during a group discussion. She does not lack confidence she just needs to time to form her thoughts. There is also a book out about introverts in the church and how often our view of what a good Christian is gives preference to the extrovert who is more comfortable praying out loud, sharing their testimony, and being outgoing in general. Whereas, the introverted Christian who may have a deep prayer life and deep knowledge of the Word is often viewed as not as mature in their faith.

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  9. Susan
    September 27, 2012

    Ok, I'm in–ordered the book today! Will enjoy hearing what others think. Thanks for recommending it.

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  10. Jennifer Anderson
    September 28, 2012

    A facebook group or goggle group could work

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  11. Ingrid
    September 27, 2012

    I love the facebook group idea. I just got my copy in the mail yesterday!

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  12. Liz
    September 27, 2012

    I just stumbled onto your blog this week and lo and behold there is the Whole-Brained Child. I ordered it that night and been having 'aha' moments ever since. Thank you for sharing such an insightful book.

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  13. Penelope
    September 27, 2012

    and it's on Audible – the busy mom's way to "read" books!!!

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  14. Janell
    September 28, 2012

    I think you can create a book club on Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/group

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