Parenting is like a rollercoaster ride, full of ups and downs, exciting moments and fearful events. There's no way to be perfect at it because each child and parent relationship is unique. This book club is intended to support parents in getting a better understanding of what's going on with their child and learning strategies that can help ease some of the pressures when it comes to common, everyday challenges all parents confront.
This book club can be taken as a series, inclusive of three specially selected texts, or one book at a time. Books must be purchased independently. Links for book purchase will be provided in the registration confirmation email.
Book 1: The Whole Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson January 4 - February 1
Book 2: The First Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman February 8 - March 8
Book 3: How to Talk so Little Kids will Listen by Joanna Faber, Adele Faber and Julie King April 5 - May 3
Reading the book is only one part of this experience. The discussion and the opportunities to share with other parents who maybe going through what you're going through can help to support. So you don't feel like it's only you or you're all alone. Discussion will be led by Joelle Drader, MD, MA, LPC.
The first book featured in this series is The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson. Your toddler throws a tantrum in the middle of a store. Your preschooler refuses to get dressed. Your fifth-grader sulks on the bench instead of playing on the field. Do children conspire to make their parents’ lives endlessly challenging? No—it’s just their developing brain calling the shots!
In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson demystify the meltdowns and aggravation, explaining the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. The “upstairs brain,” which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. And especially in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the left brain. No wonder kids can seem—and feel—so out of control. By applying these discoveries to everyday parenting, you can turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child’s brain and foster vital growth. Raise calmer, happier children using twelve key strategies, will be covered in weekly discussions complete with clear explanations, age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles, and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain Child shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives. (Summary adapted from Goodreads)
Joelle brings a comprehensive knowledge base to her counseling profession. She studied biology and psychology at Albion College, and then completed medical school at Wayne State University followed by an internship in obstetrics and gynecology in Grand Rapids, MI. Her medical experiences included working in women's health and family planning, along with experience as being part of a hospice care team. She decided to focus on serving the mental and behavioral health needs of individuals and families by pursuing an MA in Counseling from Spring Arbor University. She has interest in counseling individuals (children, adolescents, and adults) and families. She previously became endorsed as a Level II Infant Family Specialist to serve pre-natal women and families with children with newborn to age 5. She also has a passion for supporting parents to learn and practice nurturing parenting skills. In parenting her own 3 children she valued having a community of parents to share ideas and resources and is now excited to help facilitate that for others. Joelle currently serves as a K-12 professional school counselor at Concord Academy Petoskey.