Monday, October 4, 2010

My Current Reading

I dropped by the secondhand bookstore beside Marguerite's dance school again and ended up buying a back issue of MaryJanesFarm, Parenting and Southern Living at about Php20 each (less than $.50). I also found a copy of Dr. James Dobson's "The Strong-willed Child". I've had suspicions that Marguerite may be spirited or strong-willed for some time now. She certainly seems to be of a choleric temperament. I hate labels, but I'd love some guidance on parenting this kind of child even if Marguerite doesn't exactly turn out to be one. I've received warning on reading this book. Whether I like it or not, I've been prejudiced against it because of what somebody told me. While I'm prepared not to agree, I'm interested to know what Dr. Dobson has to say. I'll be praying for an open mind. There's actually a new, updated version of the book. Maybe in 25 years (my copy was published in 1985), I'll find a copy of that one in a secondhand bookshop, snort. I'm also interested in reading Dr. Sears' discussion of the high-need child and Mary Sheedy Kurcinka's on raising a spirited child. I find I can usually trust what Dr. Sears has to say. I do want parenting advice coming from a Christian point of view. I observed in the past that the parents and experts I shared many parenting philosophies with were pagan. I'm happy to note though that as I read and learn further, I discover more and more Christians of the same beliefs and inclinations as mine.

Anyway, for the moment, I'm reading "The Swiss Family Robinson". It occurred to me when I saw the copy that I've never actually read the complete and unabridged version (which that book was), so I added it to the pile in my arms. I know I had an illustrated copy when I was a child and I know I've seen movie versions as a kid, but that's not the same as actually reading the book as it was written (well, translated from the original, I suppose). Btw, I also followed the series on Nickelodeon when I was a kid, but the show took many liberties (there were three Robinson children instead of 4 - two boys and one girl instead of four boys; Ernest took on the character of Fritz while Franz took on Ernest's - I guess the girl was supposed to be Jack...). The show did inspire one of the many affectations of my youth, and this one came in the form of writing dates the old-fashioned way, with me specifying that it was "the year of our Lord", lol. PS. I couldn't find a picture of my copy online, but it's a Watermill Classic and the cover showed a scene with the tree house too instead of the family on the boat.

7 comments:

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Two of the books on my lifetime list of good stuff!

The Kano said...

I enjoyed reading "The Swiss Family Robinson" many, many years ago. Great book!

spinninglovelydays said...

@Sharkbytes: That's great to hear. My mom read Dr. Dobson too while we were growing up. :)

@Dave: It's a great story, isn't it? I'm so glad I finally have the chance to read the complete and unabridged version. :)

Elvira's Roundabout said...

A friend told me that it's good and was thinking of getting my own copy but don't have time to drop by the bookstore :-(

spinninglovelydays said...

@Elvira: Hope you find the time. Trips to bookstores are always enriching even if you don't end up buying anything. :)

Anonymous said...

I would love to borrow the book by Dr. Dobson... if your finished. After going over several chapters of A Survivor's Guide to Home Schooling.. Luanne Shackelford highly recommended it as a must read. Yours, Jeanne

spinninglovelydays said...

I'll lend it to you as soon as I'm done. It's taking me forever to finish reading it. :)