I am a connector. I love connecting the work of others, and sharing it with parents, educators, and anyone else willing to listen. My library will help you access the brains behind my blog.
UnSelfie. Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Michelle Borba, Ed.D.
This book's Title pulled me in, and the book hasn't let me down. Dr. Borba shares the research supporting the importance of empathy in academics, leadership success and excellent performance, calling it the "empathy advantage". It's a great book for teachers or parents who want to foster empathy in their children with practical tools for doing so.
Favorite quote: "If we want to raise empathetic, courageous, caring kids, we need to teach them how."
Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne, M.Ed.
We've simplified our house, so why not our parenting style? I am listening to this book on audible, and have found it is right in line with our life-style. It provides research-based suggestions to make parenting more simple in this crazy, competitive world by having, doing and consuming less. In doing so, we will raise calmer, happier more secure kids.
Teach. Breathe. Learn. by Meena Srinivasan
Mrs. Srinivasan walks you through the many benefits of practicing mindfulness in the classroom, both for her as a teacher, and for her students. She even provides a very descriptive curriculum, and steps for implementation, for educators that meet the five core competencies of Social Emotional Learning.
Favorite quote: "Mindfulness must be the foundation of Social Emotional Learning because it teaches students how to cultivate self-awareness."
The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-being by Dr. Ronald Siegel
I listened to this entire 14 hour lecture on Audible, and as soon as it finished, I started it over... it's that good. Dr. Siegel explains how mindfulness works to change the function and structure of the brain. He also walks you through several mindfulness exercises, and gives homework to enhance your own mindfulness practices.
Favorite quote: "We are in the midst of an explosion of scientific research demonstrating that our survival mechanism served the needs of our ancestors, but is at the root of many problems that we face today."
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
An oldie, but a goodie. Deck studied achievement and success for decades, and discovered a groundbreaking idea- the power of our mindset. She reveals what all the great teachers, parents, CEOs and athletes know, that a growth mindset is crucial for long-term success.
Favorite Quote: "Mindsets change the meaning of failure."
Thirty Million Words: Building a Child's Brain by Dana Suskind, M.D.
This book is the sole reason I began blogging. Before reading it, I had no idea that a child's brain grows 85% in the first three years of life, and that optimal growth is complete dependent on ME. I figured if I didn't know this, then other parents may not either, so I began sharing the information I was reading, while using the tips in the book with my own daughter. TMW is full of research supporting the importance of language to childhood cognitive development. Suskind outlines simple, free, basic tips to create a warm, loving language environment for your child to ensure your child is set up for life-long learning.
Favorite Quote: "Kids aren't born smart. They're made smart by you talking to them."