So I was recently given the chance to review the book:
A Pair of Sparkly Sneakers – A mothers Journey to Inner Wisdom
Written By Author: Nicole Olson
This book Retails for 14.95
In this book the author talks about her journey as she travels to the ultimate decision of homeschooling her son. The first half of the book is about the difficulties her son encountered when he started preschool and the behavior problems her once perfect well-mannered son had completely abandoned. She encounters many roads and difficult decisions. In it she writes:
“If only I’d understood that my son, in his child-like wisdom, was communicating a profound truth. Sure his words sounded simplistic “I don’t want to do that.” But underneath those words there was an unarticulated yet fully formed belief: that he should be able to direct his time as he saw fit. That he should be engaging in that which was inspiring and enjoyable. And that belief begged a question: When an individual is being coerced to do something that is neither interesting nor seen to be of value to that individual, is refusing to comply truly a maladaptive response? Or is it actually the most natural response of all?”
The author has plenty more wisdom through out this book and I’m sure you will all love it.
Now here are some of my thoughts about this book. First off I loved this book. It was engaging and full of what I would call “mom” wisdom. I could not put this book down. I haven’t read a book in less than 24 hours since I was in 7th grade reading the newest Harry Potter book.
I can relate to her struggles with the public school system and the behavior issues that she encounters with her son. I have also had these struggles with my own children. She has a way of writing that just draws you in to the story. I felt like I was right there in the trenches with her. I could feel her pain and her frustration.
It was also an encouragement to me to know I’m not alone in my own struggles as a mom. The Author ultimately comes to the conclusion to “unschool” her son and although I’m not that confident in the idea of unschooling my children, I definitely can take some of it with me on my own eclectic homeschooling journey with my own children.
Here is the link to Amazon to buy the book. (may contain affiliate links)
Here is the link to Nicole’s website unschooling.org she has a bunch of different resources on her site that you may also be interested in.