I was anxious to read The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom about Children and Parenting, because I've read so much lately about kids who are "spoiled" and "entitled" and these generalizations that are being made about all of our kids honestly scare me a bit. Maybe I should have figured it out from the description, but the entire focus of this book is on grades and rewards and self-esteem, not stuff. (And the "stuff" aspect of being spoiled and entitled is what I was really curious about.) I found myself slogging through some of the chapters because there are so many quotes and references to other published works, but it was an interesting read about attitudes towards children, both now and in the past. Not a lot has changed over the years --- one of the articles mentioned is from 1838!
I've also been reading I Forgot to Remember: A Memoir of Amnesia. It's the story of Su Meck, who completely lost her memory when the ceiling fan in her kitchen fell onto her head. After just a couple of weeks in the hospital, Su was back at home taking care of her two small children, who she did not remember. She also couldn't remember how to do any of the hundreds of simple little tasks that day to day life requires. It scares me to imagine that situation.
Disclosure -- The publisher provided me with electronic review copies of The Myth of the Spoiled Child. I Forgot to Remember is from the library.
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