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The Alpha Mom Parenting Book Club

By Chris Jordan

Alpha Mom book club logoBook clubs are so popular because we all like to talk about what we have just read, whether we loved the book or hated it, whether we thought the characters were likeable, how much applies to our own life and how the ending is never quite right.  When I was talking about book clubs with my kids, one of  my sons said that he wants to know why there aren’t TV clubs, where you would watch tv shows together and talk about it.  I told him it does exist and it is called Twitter.

Usually when I read a parenting book I want to discuss it with other people and find out what they think of the book. Or, even find people who subscribe to the ideas in the book and see how it is working for them.

Now we can do just that, Welcome to the Alpha Mom Book Club!

The way we envision this book club working is that we will all read the book the same month. Then I will post what I thought about the book. What parts of the book resonate with me, what parts I didn’t like, if there were any parenting strategies I tried as a result of reading the book and whether I found them to be successful or not. Then we will have a discussion about the book in the comments section below, or if you have something very in depth to say post it on your own blog and link back in the comments. (Our comments section allows for threaded replies, so please utilize that).

The goal is to open up a dialogue about different issues. I know I can benefit from having new ideas in my parenting arsenal, whether it is new discipline ideas, topics that I hadn’t considered or things which cause me to rethink some of my long-held parenting techniques. Sometimes you realize that you have been doing the same thing, the same way for years without even questioning if it is working.

Each month, we’ll also vote on the next month’s book. But the voting period will only be open for several days to make sure we have enough time to read the next month’s book.

With that, we have picked five books to choose from. Whichever receives the most votes by Tuesday, Oct 2 will be October’s Alpha Mom Book Club pick:

The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, which is about stepping back and allowing your child to have the blessing of making their own mistakes. I know from personal experience that this is harder than you think!

The 5 Love Languages of Children, I have already read this book and while it is not a parenting book perse, it really revolutionized the way I parent my children and I’d love to reread it and hear what other people think about the idea of love languages.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk. Yes, I want to know how to do this, please! I often feel like I am talking to a brick wall.

Setting Limits with Your Strong-Willed Child. My word, I have the poster child for this book.

I’d Listen to My Parents If They’d Just Shut Up. This title makes me laugh. I believe this book is more directed to the parents of tweens and teens. Lucky me, I have both!

Thank you for all of you for voting! The 5 Love Languages of Children is our October book pick. Let’s meet back on Thurs, November 1 Fri, Nov 2 (delayed by one day due to a scheduling issue– sorry!!) to discuss our October book club pick and vote on December’s book club pick. In November, we’ll start reading How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk.

Chris Jordan
About the Author

Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan began blogging at Notes From the Trenches in 2004 where she writes about her life raising her children in Austin, Texas.

Oh, she has seven of them. Yes, children. Yes, the...

Chris Jordan began blogging at Notes From the Trenches in 2004 where she writes about her life raising her children in Austin, Texas.

Oh, she has seven of them. Yes, children.
Yes, they are all hers.
No she’s not Catholic or Mormon. Though she wouldn’t mind having a sister-wife because holy hell the laundry never stops.
Yes, she finally figured out what causes it. That’s why her youngest is almost 6.
Yes, she has a television.

She enjoys referring to herself in the third person.

If you would like to submit a question for Chris to answer publicly, please do so to adviceforparentsoftweens[at]gmail[dot]com.

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  • Leah

    September 26, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    voting for blessings of a skinned knee. excited for a book club!

    • Isabel


      September 26, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      Thanks so much for your enthusiasm for the book group!

      did you vote in the polling box? if not, please leave it there. That will be the best way to tally up the votes.

      • Shannon

        September 27, 2012 at 7:17 am

        FYI…if you’re on an iPad, the polling box doesn’t show up (just a blank space at the end of the post).  You can use a flash-enabled browser (like Photon) on the iPad to see it and vote, or use a laptop/desktop (which are usually equipped with flash).

        • Isabel


          September 27, 2012 at 8:41 am

          Thanks so much Shannon! We hadn’t tested this out on the iPad– durr. We’re in the process of creating our own custom polling widget for future use. We hope to have it for next month. In the meantime, please bear with us, y’all. Thank you!

  • Margaret

    September 26, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I love this idea! I hope its a roaring success. 

  • Keeley

    September 26, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Vote for How to Talk So Children will Listen….
    I have two boys and definitely need this one!

  • Elonda

    September 26, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    I’d listen to my parents if they would just shut up.

  • Boston Mamas

    September 27, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Great idea Isabel!

  • MR

    September 27, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I just ordered the 5 love languages (and subsequently the 5 languages of apology since dh and I struggle with that!) so I vote for that one.
    Side note, I love this idea! Chris, I always appreciate your viewpoint on parenting. Your columns always make me think and strive to be a better mom, all while not being preachy and acknowledging that we all make mistakes and that’s ok. I think exploring parenting ideas with this group will be thoughtful and provoking.

  • Michele

    September 28, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Super excited about this! All the books sounds great but I voted for the love languages book

  • Nancy

    October 1, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    5 Love Languages…

  • Mylene

    October 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Just bought the book for my Kindle, will start reading it tonight!

  • threewildthings

    October 3, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Love this idea and now going over to buy the Five Love Languages of Children online. Raising three young boys, I’ll take all the advice I can get. Maybe it will help with the older — ahem — “boy” I live with too. 😉

  • gcalvonyc

    October 8, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I am so happy we are reading love languages and talk so your kids will listen..i have both and never read them fully! Thanks!

  • SusanZ

    October 9, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    just bought the book and started reading. can’t wait to share and hear from other parents. 🙂

  • Nuria Campos

    October 16, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Hi! I’m a new Mom in Austin. What should I do to join the book club?

    • Isabel


      October 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      Hi Nuria,

      The book we’re reading for October is “The 5 Love Languages of Children” by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell. Just come back to our site on Thurs, November 1 and you’ll find a post about the book and we’ll be having a discussion in the comments section (just like where you wrote this here.) 🙂


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