Four Reasons You Should Join Our Book Group

Our Book Group is getting ready to go, and you are invited to join.  We are reading The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind. There are 48 of us signed up and room for many more.

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Knowing that all of us live jam-packed lives, I’ve made this as simple as possible.

1. The reading schedule requires us to read only one chapter per week.  The book is easy to read and filled with illustrations and examples.  With only six chapters, and even taking one week off for Thanksgiving, we’ll be done by December 6th – or shortly thereafter depending upon how long the conversation continues.

We’ll begin discussing Chapter 1: Parenting with the Brain in Mind, next Thursday, October 25th.  You still have time to get the book and read one chapter!

2. Book Groups prompt us to not only read the material, but actually ponder it.  With a slow reading pace, we will have time to implement the strategies the author recommends and discuss our experiences.  Imagine, by December 6th we will have 12 new strategies for parenting and loving our children well.

3. The Goodreads book group site allows you to add your thoughts and comments any time, day or night, during the week.  It would be great to have you all squeeze into my living room and discuss the book over for coffee and dessert, but we’ll make do with a next-best option.

4. Life gets busy, so if you miss a couple of weeks, you can jump right back in.

Join us by going to the One Thankful Mom Book Group site on Goodreads.  There is also a link on my Facebook page, which you can “Like” by clicking on the link to the right of this post.  If you already requested to join the group and have not received an invite, please leave me a comment.  I hope I haven’t missed anyone!

(If you have experience with moderating a Goodreads group and could answer some questions, please email me at lisa@onethankfulmom.com)

I hope you will join us.

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.

27 Comments

  1. Julie Blair Pitts
    October 18, 2012

    I have my book and am anxious to start reading it! Thank you, Lisa. I also texted you–let me know your thoughts.

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  2. Caryn
    October 18, 2012

    I'm in. I've been thinking about you a lot lately. Therapy had been intense lately. So much so that I can't myself to write about it ni've been spending my free time doing things for me. Not quite escaping, but close. Anyway, I think we're really making some breakthroughs. E's sick right now and with all her medical trauma that's her biggest trigger. We rage filled baby came out in a huge way. I nurtured the baby and within five minutes she was back in her big girl brain and letting mentake care of her. It was incredible. Even more amazing, an hour later after I had her settled in she apologized for screaming me and thanked me for helping her with her big feelings and said it was really scary feeling that way. I know! Amazing, right? This is most definitely the hardest phase of the process, but also the most hope filled. I had been struggling not to respond back with anger and frustration and I'm sorry to say I haven't done a good job lately. I'm once again learning something about extending grace. It's so clear that she's not making a choice to be like this and desperately wants to change. It's going to take time to establish new patterns on both of our parts. We're definitely heading in the right direction.

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  3. Abbey
    October 18, 2012

    My copy has been shipped!

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  4. MRK
    October 18, 2012

    You may have just convinced me. I'm already reading two books (always am, it seems, as I love to squeeze in 3 pages at the gas station), but I can make an effort to fit in one chapter a week! I'm going to put it on reserve at the library and hope I get it in time to begin with everyone else next week. Going to sign up now…

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    1. Tricia
      October 18, 2012

      MRK – I so loved your 3 pages at the gas station line – that is so me!

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      1. Lisa Qualls
        October 18, 2012

        Life Rule: Always, without fail, carry a book with you – you never know when you'll have a few minutes to read as you wait for something, even filling the gas tank. It's amazing what we can accomplish in a short time!

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        1. Emily
          October 18, 2012

          Does anyone else keep a book on the passenger seat to read at red lights? I mean. Not that I do that. That would be dangerous…

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  5. Emily
    October 18, 2012

    I'm in. Bet I'm the only non-mom! 🙂
    LISA- we can read it together at Thanksgiving!! 🙂

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 18, 2012

      Yes! We'll read aloud as we stir the gravy.

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  6. Sarah
    October 18, 2012

    My copy should be here tomorrow! Thank you for this. Your posts are always an encouragement. Sometimes this road feels lonely and a little (okay, a lot) discouraging. A visit to your blog is like a breath of fresh air, often when I feel like the pressure is so great that I can't breathe. Your heart for your Savior spills over into your heart for your children, and it encourages and inspires me to continue fighting the good fight. Can't wait to see what new tools I'll learn through this book and group. Blessings to you!

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  7. Coffee mom
    October 18, 2012

    Can you invite me? I've finished it but would love to think out loud w others…

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  8. Laura
    October 18, 2012

    So, even though I do not have adopted or even young children–just young adult–I thought maybe I would read it in support of you and my nieces and nephews. Surprisingly I went to the King County Library (one of the best library systems in the US) website and they do not even have any copies of the book. Guess I might have to buy it.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 18, 2012

      That is shocking to me. You should recommend that they buy it. Thanks for reading it with me – you'll love it as a teacher too. Before you know it your little students will be talking about their "upstairs brains."

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  9. shannon2818
    October 18, 2012

    Sounds interesting – I'll check it out.

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  10. Kristine Sorensen
    October 18, 2012

    Lisa,

    I have followed your blog for quite a while…I am a fellow Washingtonian and adoptive mom (my girls are from China and Ethiopia). I have so much appreciate your honesty, insight and love for Jesus:) I would like to join the book group for the Whole Brain Child, but can’t seem to figure out Good Reads…any thoughts? I haven’t used it before…

    Kristine

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 18, 2012

      You figured it out! I just approved your request to join the group. Do you plan to attend the Refresh Conference in Redmond this February? Russ and I plan to be there – perhaps with six or so kids with us.

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  11. Elizabeth Andrews Carter
    October 18, 2012

    Here's a first…all three Andrews sisters are going to be in a book group together! I'm excited!! I'm sure that I will learn a few things to apply to my parenting strategies, especially with Jack. Now, to get the book…

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 19, 2012

      That is a first! But one very important thing, no telling embarrassing stories from our childhood – about how I was the difficult child and you and Laura were always perfect. On second thought, maybe only Laura was perfect. You are going to love this book for Jack. I was just reading this morning and thinking about how I can apply some of these tools to Eby.

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      1. Laura
        October 19, 2012

        Wow, Elizabeth and I are going to read the same book, what is the world coming too! I promise no embarrassing stories about either of my sisters……maybe! Now the non techy sister needs to figure out how to join the group.

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        1. Lisa Qualls
          October 19, 2012

          Crazy! I'll send you an email invite.

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  12. Michele
    October 19, 2012

    Lisa,

    I would love to join the group but have not received an invite. I thought I joined Good Reads but maybe I did something wrong? Thanks!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 19, 2012

      Michele, thanks for letting me know. I just emailed an invite to you. Email me (or leave a comment) if you don't get it.

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  13. tzachry
    October 20, 2012

    Lisa,

    I've been reading your blog since I heard you speak at the Refresh Conference last year. I'm mom to two daughters from China. I would like to join your book club, if there is still room.

    Tiffany

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  14. ChristyCanuck
    October 22, 2012

    I just received my copy of the book and applied to join. I am encouraging other Canadian moms to do the same. Looking forward to the group!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 22, 2012

      Thank you, Christy! The more the merrier – and people can join anytime during the six weeks.

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  15. Lucy
    October 23, 2012

    Hi Lisa,
    I'm in too! I live with my brother and help care for his two toddlers. Would it be okay if he joined, too? He was pretty excited about the book, as the first chapter of "Connect and Redirect" is a principle that guides our daily interactions with the boys. Thanks for letting me know if it's okay if a dad joins.
    ~Lucy

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 23, 2012

      Lucy, absolutely, your brother is welcome to join us; he'll have a unique spot of the lone man with 113 women! It would be great if more fathers (or educators, etc.) joined our group.

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