Online Book Discussion Groups

When the world shut down in 2020 and with it, my classes, I found myself finding time to actually read many of the books on my bookshelf that I, admittedly, had only skimmed over the years. And there was one book in particular that I really loved: Raising Good Humans by Heather Clarke-Fields. It was one of those books that I devoured in an afternoon…blithely disregarding the author’s direction to read it slowly, one chapter at a time, over the course of 8 weeks. I loved it so much, I decided I would do just that. But I didn’t want to do it alone! So, I reached out to the parents who had been in my classes to see if anyone else wanted to join. They did! And the rest, as they say, is history!

Structure:

My book clubs read (or listen to) one chapter each week and then meet online, once a week, for about an hour-long discussion. We have a daytime group, which meets on Tuesdays at 11:30am Pacific, and an evening group, which also meets on Tuesdays at 8:30pm Pacific.

These discussion groups are fee-free because I find I get so much out of the discussions, too. However, I do gratefully accept donations for hosting and holding the space.

Our Current Book:

Brain-Body Parenting
By Mona Delahooke, PhD

I’m excited to read this book because I absolutely adored her first book, Beyond Behavior. In that book, she encourages us to look more at WHY a behavior is happening and talks about what happens in children’s brains that can make it challenging, if not impossible, to ‘behave’ at times. (And what to do about it!)

Brain-Body Parenting promises to expand on that theme:

Instead of a “top-down” approach to behavior that focuses on the thinking brain, she calls for a “bottom-up” approach that considers the essential role of the entire nervous system, which produces children’s feelings and behaviors. When we begin to understand the biology beneath the behavior, suggests Dr. Delahooke, we give our children the resources they need to grow and thrive–and we give ourselves the gift of a happier, more connected relationship with them.

Books we’ve read:

Raising Good Humans
by Heather Clarke-Fields
The Opposite of COMBAT by Susan North