Why Join Me?
As a behavioral pediatrician, one of the things that I love offering to families is parenting support. In fact, I used to teach basic child behavior management skills to practicing and future pediatricians from 2006 to 2018 when I was still in academia. I also started running parent training groups at my behavioral health private practice based in Indianapolis, Indiana.
How It Started
However since March 2020 when COVID-19 hit, I immediately had to cease in person parent training and Girlology LIVE workshops I offered given the need for social distancing and minimize needless exposure risk.
I continued to provide 1-1 parenting support to clients but I was itching to get back to doing something interactive in a group setting. But how could I do this safely and not do another zoom meeting?
That was when I looked over to my bookshelf and realized, I had a TON of parenting books. I always recommended some tried and tested books to my clients but what if I could start a parenting book club?
As I sat with that thought I began to imagine WHAT that actually meant. I wanted to take what I loved about traditional book clubs (mingling with friends, chatting about a stimulating book read) but mashing it with what I do in parent training groups (teaching positive parenting principles using group exercises and discussion, role plays).
That’s HOW I started offering FREE parenting book club picks each month!
Here are the details!
Every month I will announce upcoming book club picks so that you can plan ahead. You are welcome to join one or all. The only catch is that you HAVE TO SIGN UP EACH TIME and MAKE SURE YOU GET YOURSELF A COPY OF THE BOOK.
When you sign up, it will launch a series of emails straight to your inbox. The first one will be sent after you sign up, starting the first day of the month. Subsequent emails are scheduled to send every 2-3 days thereafter, usually around 3pm.
You will get a total of ~10 emails over the month, which will pace you through that month’s book. Each email will include:
- Thought Exercises to Reflect on by Yourself, with your partner/spouse or even with your child!
- Questions to Stimulate your Thinking as you Read the Book
- Tips for trying out the strategies at home
- Personal anecdotes from me
When you register, you are invited to join my exclusive closed Facebook Parenting Discussion Group, so you can bring your questions, comments, reflections or ask for help from other readers!
THAT is where the LEARNING happens! It is when you read and then try something and then learn from how it went. But let’s face it, life is never easy! Instead, it is complicated, messy and hard some times. So sometimes reading something and doing something can be very different. I want to be able to help support you as you read. I want you to learn and grow along with everyone else reading the month’s selection.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Do I have to sign up at a certain time?
I will open sign ups for each book pick 7-10 days before we officially begin. This will allow people to get their copy of the book so when the first of the month starts, you can be ready to go! Sign ups will be highlighted on my social media accounts the first three weeks of each month. So sign up anytime during the month.
What if I wanted to join but totally forgot and missed it?
Don’t worry! At the end of each month, I plan to write a parenting book review for that month’s pick and publish it my blog. Readers who find the blog post can always sign up even if the month is over. The sign up will be at the end of each book review. The email sequence will launch whenever you sign up! You will also be able to find the posts for each book club pick in my Facebook group under “Units”. That way you can find the content easily and post to each thread as you read the book.
Is there any cost?
It is totally free! You just have to get a copy of the book. You can borrow it from the library, get a copy from a second hand store, or buy from your favorite retailer. There are some books I will suggest getting the actual book over audiobook, depending on the format of the book (i.e. if it is more of a workbook).
I don’t have a Facebook account. How do I get in on the discussion?
Unfortunately at this time, there is no way to join the exclusive Facebook group without a Facebook account. You can still get the emails and go through the exercises to do with your partner/spouse.
I have a Facebook account but I don’t like to use it often. Do I have to comment or post in group?
To join the closed Facebook group, you will need to log on with your credentials for Facebook. However, you don’t ever have to post or comment anything if you don’t feel comfortable. You can simply read the comments of others. I will say though, just as in in-person group, the learning happens when you allow yourself to interact with others. The more you put in, the more you will get out.
I signed up but I got too busy or never got the book.
I get it! No problem! The emails will continue to come. If you plan to try to get to them at a later time, I would recommend saving them in your inbox in a folder so you can easily them when you are ready! As mentioned previously, the threads for discussion in the group will be grouped under the tab labeled, “Units.”
What if I change my mind?
Life can be busy or you might change your mind. That’s ok! You can simply unsubscribe by following instructions at the bottom of each of my emails.
Past Book Club Picks & the Book Reviews
But don’t fear, if you read the review and think, “Gosh I wish I had signed up!” you can! Links to start the email sequence and support are embedded at the end of each of the book reviews! So enjoy and join us in the private Facebook group to have ongoing discussions!
- August 2020: How to Talk so Teens Will Listen and Listen so Teens Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (Unit 1: FB Group)
- September 2020: Why Smart Kids Worry and What Parents Can Do to Help by Allison Edwards, LPC (Unit 2: FB Group)
- October 2020: Mindful Parenting for ADHD by Dr. Mark Bertin (Unit 3: FB Group)
- November 2020: Letting Go of Perfect: Overcoming Perfectionism in Kids by Jill Adelson (Unit 4: FB Group)
There will be NO parenting book club pick in December so everyone can enjoy the holidays!
January 2021: Siblings without Rivalry by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (Unit 5: FB Group)
February 2021: The Essential Guide to Raising Complex Kids with ADHD, Anxiety, and More by Elaine Taylor-Klaus (SIGN UP OPEN NOW, Unit 6: FB Group)
March 2021: Girl on Purpose by Danielle Fuligni McKay
April 2021: Commonsense Parenting of Toddlers and Preschoolers by Bridget Barnes and Steven York
May 2021: What your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew by Dr. Sharon Saline
June 2021: Anxiety Relief for Kids by Bridget Flynn Walker