On the Fleeting Gift of Parenthood

Grab your tissues and take this quote after viewing the link below~

It kills you to see them grow up.
But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn’t.

~Barbara  Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

Click here: Katrina Kenison on the Gift of an Ordinary Day.

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A Twist on Teens

Kelly Salasin

You don’t even have to open this book to reap the benefits.  The title itself shifts the possibility of perception:

The Good Teen~Rescuing Adolescence from the Myths of the Storm and Stress Years.  Groundbreaking research reveals everything you think you know about teens is wrong!

This book, written by the Director of  the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development from Tufts University, is a beckoning read.

Author, Richard M. Lerner, PH. D., draws on his decades of experience working with teens to say that, “Teens are not problems to be fixed, but resources to be developed.”

Now that’s a revolutionary idea for our woe is me culture of parenting teens.

To read some of my own positive experience with my teen, click here.

Simplicity Parenting

Kelly Salasin, Fall 2009

Here’s another shout out for a welcome read for parents and educators. Author Kim John Payne knows his stuff and shares it in ways that are both humorous and illuminating. More than that, his trademark compassion shows up on every page. Simplicity Parenting has been released at just the right time–before another holiday season is upon us.

Interestingly enough, Katrina Kenison, whose book I reviewed just last week, is the lead reviewer of Simplicity Parenting.  Katrina’s book, the gift of an ordinary day, is an excellent companion to Kim’s book.

ps. If you live in New England, you’ll be pleased to know that Kim John Payne will be speaking in Southern VT on November 12, 2009 at the Marlboro Elementary School.  For more info, contact Kelly.

the gift of an ordinary day

Author Katrina Kenison joins us in the reshaping of the nest in her new book “the gift of an ordinary day,” 2009 by Springboard Press.  Katrina is the previous author of the well known Mitten Strings for God~Reflections for Mothers in a Hurry.

I’ve made a fast read of this mother’s memoir and marked dozens of pages along the way.  The Gift of an Ordinary Day is as much a book about letting go as it is a book of finding oneself and understanding the beauty of each day.

Most poignantly, I resonated with this passage on our shifting roles,

The work my friends do now that their children are grown is so indisputably the work of mothers, of women whose passionate maternal energies, no longer required at home, are lovingly offered up to the world instead.

As Kenison prepares to send her first born off to college, she write these words which brought my own grief to the surface,

Releasing our children into their grown-up lives is piercing in a way I could never had imagined when my sons were small…Watching my older son embrace his future, I see not only the bittersweet end of one chapter, but also the first exciting glimpse of a whole new life–his.

The Gift of an Ordinary Day brings tears, gasps, laughter, knowing and most poignantly this realization of parenting our growing children,

Love, I’m beginning to understand, is the only thing I really need to hold on to after all.

Kelly Salasin, October 2009