This update is one day late again, but I had a good excuse yesterday, since I spent some time writing my Halloween story. And now, let me tell you about some stories I read this past week.
– What I’m currently reading
The Cow in the Parking Lot: A Zen Approach to Overcoming Anger by Leonard Scheff & Susan Edmiston. I’ll explain why I’m reading this book when I’m done with it.– What I recently finished reading
I finished two books this past week, yeah!
1) The Conflict : How Modern Motherhood Undermines The Status Of Women by Elisabeth Badinter. Here’s my rant!What bugs me the most about this book is how skewed the research data is to prove Badinter’s points. As an opponent of breastfeeding, describing mothers as enslaved to their baby, she manages to use the most extreme and controversial quotes. It’s as if she’s trying to show how nuts some women are when it comes to breastfeeding. I’ve always seen it as a personal choice, one I hope many new mothers can make. I cringed when Badinter mentions that mothers can experience sexual pleasure from breastfeeding and in turn not want relations with their partner. I bet she never breastfed a day in her life, even with five children!She goes on describing all the sacrifices women make the day they become pregnant. They have to stop smoking, drinking, giving up on who they are. Wow, if a woman thinks of motherhood this way, she should abstain from having children for sure! Later she describes how depressed women can become by staying at home and taking care of their infant. She quotes someone explaining this is “like spending all day in the exclusive company of an incontinent mental defective.” Wow. This is the most messed-up, obnoxious, skewed quote I’ve ever seen on this subject. And I couldn’t find one super positive quote on motherhood to counteract this one.
I guess what bugs me the most is to read how some women still try to be “equal” to men, especially at work. Of course, we should have equal pay, but I have worked with enough men to know there’s no way I want to be like them and have what they have. They only got where they are by putting their career first and their personal life second. I think most women who become mothers realize family always comes first, work comes second. Your family will always be there for you, but work will always see you as a dispensable commodity. Unfortunately our society hasn’t adapted well to the needs and wants of mothers: flexible work hours, work share, more days off.
This book is offending and obnoxious in many ways, but it does make you think of how we could make our society function better, to everyone’s benefit.
2) Make the Bread, Buy the Butter by Jennifer Reese. I enjoyed reading this book and mostly walked away with ideas of what items I should make at home rather than buy. At least I’ll try the recipes once and see if it’s worth the hassle, from a health and financial point of view. On my list are bread (I’ve made bread before and really should make it more often), bagels, pitas, tortillas, pancakes and waffles, and my favorite, Nutella!
– What I think I’ll read next
I have several books waiting for me on my bookshelf but I’m not sure which one I’ll start with yet. It will all depend what I’m in the mood for.
My kids’ bookshelf
– What they’re currently reading
We’ve been reading two great books from Peter Seeger that my six-year old asked for after reading the first one at school:
– Abiyoyo. Banished from the town for making mischief with magic, a little boy and his father find a way to make the frightful giant Abiyoyo disappear.
– Abiyoyo Returns. Years after the magician father made him disappear, Abiyoyo is called back to save the town from flooding. But there are risks that come with bringing a hungry giant back to life.
– What they recently finished reading
– Mouse Tales by Arnold Lobel. When the seven little mice are tucked in bed, Papa Mouse tells seven stories, one mouse tale for each mouse. Very cute story.
– Super-Completely And Totally The Messiest by Judith Viorst. Olivia, a very neat and organized girl, despairs because her little sister Sophia is super-completely and totally the messiest person, no matter what she does. But underneath the messy part, Sophie has a lot of good things to offer, and she really tries. My kids loved this story. They couldn’t believe how messy Sophie could be!
– What I think they’ll read next I don’t know but I’m sure it will be good stuff. What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?
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