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Are you a Sparky Parent? A few books to check out

Are you a Sparky Parent? A few books to check out

A discovery - English speaking events are happening in Basel. The Basel Children’s Trust (BCT) - an outfit entirely run by volunteers is organising them. Amazing.

So I attended a BCT event recently: a workshop on “Present Parenting” during which the presenter elicited a dialogue with the audience — sharing my key takeaways below if you are interested.

  • We all, i.e. the parents attending the event, seem keen on being better parents. Seeking solutions on how to deal with different beings, wills and temperaments. Ergo, I am not the only person in this world who is thinking “…hmm surely there must be a better way of …” when dealing with the kids. Comforting 😂

  • There are many parenting books to check out. Below is a list I’ve created which were either referenced by the presenter and a member of the audience or inspired by the discussions:

  1. Dad, the Champion of the World -by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake

    "A stodgy parent is no fun at all. What a child wants and deserves is a parent who is SPARKY."

  2. How Children Raise Parents - by Dan B. Allender

    ...prize what you’re being taught by your children’s quirks, failures, and normal childhood dilemmas.”

  3. Nurtured by Love: The Classic Approach to Talent Education - by Shinichi Suzuki and Waltraud Suzuki

    “...the case for early childhood education and the high potential of every human being---not just those seemingly gifted.”

  4. Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi

    boredom is a crucial tool for making our lives happier, more productive, and more creative.”

  5. Parenting with Presence by Susan Stiffelman

    “...the very behaviours that push our buttons can help us build awareness and shed old patterns.”

What do you think about all of this? Have you got any recommendations regarding being present as a parent? I would love to hear them.

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