It's been a while since I posted anything that belongs on my "Wish-I-Had-Time-To-Read-This" List. Recently, a lovely Mama recommended to me a book that's shooting straight to the top of said list. The book, The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness, by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., examines what children need to grow into happy, healthy selves, while also looking at common stumbling blocks parents sometimes place in their paths, namely focusing on achievements and placing unnecessary pressure on kids for early success, academically or otherwise. It also touches on the value of imaginative play, and all the ways modern society infringes upon this integral component of childhood.
It looks like an interesting read and a nice reminder to slow down and let our children experience all of the magic and hope of childhood. It is an investment as much in their present as it is in their future.
Ed. note: A wise Mama had a hard time purchasing this book but finally found it in stock here, at Borders Books. Thanks Ruth!