Friday, September 20, 2013

Announcing our parent book club!

Beginning on October 8th, the OWS Diversity Council and Parent Association will be co-sponsoring a parent book club for the first time! We're reading Christine Gross-Loh's Parenting without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents around the World Can Teach Us.

In the interests of full disclosure I will say up front that
Christine is a dear friend and that I helped with research for this book, so I am biased. However, I also believe passionately in its message, which is that as parents and educators we cannot afford to be unaware of our own cultural blinkers when it comes to making choices about our children. Too often we fail to question norms or well-intentioned advice (from experts, family, friends) simply because we are not aware that so much of what is supposedly "natural" is actually cultural.

Grounded in research from multiple disciplines from anthropology to psychology and highly engaging and readable, this book covers infancy to adolescence through the perspective of best practices from cultures around the world. Rather than telling you what you “should” be doing, it challenges you to consider different approaches that have wide-ranging benefits for raising resilient, kind, responsible children. We’ll talk about picky eating, self-esteem, commercialism and more.

For our final meeting, Christine will come to campus from her home in the Boston area. All are welcome for this evening event, even those who can't make it to the book club!
Curious to learn more? Check out these articles and interviews! Book club details below - come to one meeting or all as you are able.

Where: Library Learning Commons

Tuesday, 10/8 – 8:30-9:30am
Tuesday, 10/29 – 8:30-9:30am
Tuesday, 11/12 – 8:30-9:30am
Monday, 12/9 – 7-8pm – Evening author visit open to all

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