Chapters 9 – 11 Great Book
Having finished this book and re-skimming it again, I have to say it was a terrific read. There were lessons to learn, much to think about and tons of research and statistics to back up a lot of what I was already feeling.
There’s something for everyone in this book. The parts that stood out to me were the parts that affected me most given my life and choices. So different parts of the book will impact different people but the take away will be the same.
It’s a book I hope to draw from again and again. Now that I’ll be going back to work with 2 kids at home, the timing of this read has been perfect.
Chapter 8’s title, ‘The myth of doing it all’. The best thing I took from this chapter is that studies show that “exclusive maternal care was not related to better or worse outcomes for children”. So one days that I am feeling especially guilty about going to work and leaving my 2 babies behind, I will know in the back of my head that I’m not ruining their future!
Oh, and the factors that did influence children positively…emotional intimacy between the parents, father’s involvement in the kids, and mothers who favour ‘self-directed child behaviour’.
Factors that every couple can work on. Hurray!