A Few Parenting Passageway Notes…Your Input Is Needed!

Well, this has been a fun month!  The Parenting Passageway has over 1,000 folks over on  its Facebook page, which is just humbling and amazing!  If you are on Facebook and  would like to be a grand part of that, I would be honored to be part of your Facebook world:  http://www.facebook.com/#!/TheParentingPassageway/posts/527264543957823?notif_t=feed_comment

One of the things I asked over there was now that we are oh-so-close to finishing up the book study where we went chapter by chapter through “The Seven Principles For Making Marriage Work” is what book YOU would love to see next!  What book do you love and feel could be very helpful to other mothers out there?  I look forward to seeing your input in the comment box.  (If you are wondering what books we have already done, click “Book Reviews” from the drop-down menu above; we have done some great parenting books if you are searching for good reading!)

This month we will also be going through the last half of the twenty posts of “Twenty Days Toward More Mindful Mothering”, so look for those to brighten your parenting journey!

I am hoping to eventually have a sister site to The Parenting Passageway that will have all the book recommendations in one place on Amazon,and some more of my favorite goodies.  Right now we are in the midst of moving, but maybe after we are settled in and I am feeling inspired – perhaps right after the New Year!

I would love to hear what is going on in your world, what books and topics you would love to see covered here, and how I can be helpful to you!

Love to you all, thank you so much for being such a blessing to me every day,


8 thoughts on “A Few Parenting Passageway Notes…Your Input Is Needed!

  1. Hey Carrie,
    I am not on FB, but I hope you know I “like” you very, very much. LOL

    I would love for you to do something anthroposophical/Steiner in nature or even something like Rhythms of Learning. I find myself wanting to go deeper in to the underpinnings of Waldorf, but feel like I need a guide.

    Also, I know I had talked about doing a book study on Simplicity Parenting, but if it comes up here, please run with it.

    I hope your move is going smoothly.


  2. I’m a Facebook fan and read your reviews faithfully although I’m not much for commenting. Really appreciate the effort you put into sharing books. Since you asked, I have several suggestions. These are books I have read and believe you would find worthy.

    Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World by Bill Plotkin
    (This deep and thoughtful book posits eight stages of life. It’s a slow read only because each page is drenched with meaning.)

    Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything by Laura Weldon
    (This is an unexpected treasure. The discussion of learning includes glimpses of pre-history as well as the future we are building, yet manages to include an extraordinarily helpful second half packed with directly useful suggestions.)

    Parenting for Peace: Raising the Next Generation of Peacemakers by
    Marcy Axness
    (Dr. Axness takes a look at lots of new science, taking us from pre-conception and through a child’s formative years, explaining the forces shaping a generation more capable of peace. I have mixed feelings about some of the material in this book but believe it is vitally important.)

  3. I second Sheila’s recommendation on ‘Rhythms of Learning’, this is a book I always wanted to read, but haven’t gotten around to reading yet, albeit it is sitting on my ‘ online shelf’. Some others I would be interested in are “Education of the Child in the Light of Anthroposophy” or “Practical Advice to Teachers”. Other books delving deeper into Anthroposophy would also be appreciated.

  4. Hi,

    This is a little far out sounding at first, but, at least the first chapter of this book really hits home for us Waldorf Homeschoolers and It is one I would think would be supportive ,informative and inspirational for all parents but at least Waldorf and earth based curriculums it is: Folks ,This Aint Normal…. It not only discusses a full and meaning ful kife fr children but supports a lifestyle and mindset that then nourishes the while family, the community and society as well. The one thing I really try to teach my son is it isn’t only centered around us but what we do and how we live ect affects all those around us somehow…a wider social impact. I feel that as aware parents trying to do the best we can for our children we then focus on just that and partly create a sense of entitlement or a more sense of “I” than of” Us or We”

  5. “Parenting for a Peaceful World” by Robin Grille. This is such an important book, I wish everyone on the planet would read it. It is a book about the history of parenting, fascinating and shocking at the same time. Not an easy read, psychologically speaking. But we need to face and understand the past so we can heal ourselves and others instead of carrying it around as the unconscious baggage which leads to war – both in the home and on the planet.

  6. I love all of the book suggestions. The Free Range Learning sounds especially great. My child is in public school but I have so much to learn about “homeschooling” be it via Waldorf, Unschooling, etc…

    I have just started this book with my husband. It is coming highly recommended by a fabulous family. I would love to know if you are familiar with it, the concepts and your impression of it (if you have one.) http://www.gordontraining.com/store/parent-programs/parent-effectiveness-training-p-e-t-book-3/

    Thanks for your work!


  7. Hello, I would love to see a review of Optimal Parenting by Ba Luvmour or Whole Child, Whole Parent by Polly Berrien Berends. Both books are very deep and meaningful with regard to parenting and how, if it is done with the optimal wellbeing of the child as it’s compass, parenting will ultimately enrich and grow the parent, even more than the child.

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