Archive for January 2009

a short list of books with introverted characters

January 31, 2009

Introverts in Picture Books

Cherry and Olive by Benjamin Lacombe

The Shy Little Kitten by Cathleen Schurr

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Which Would You Rather Be by William Steig

Shy Charles by Rosemary Wells

Introverts in Chapter Books

Franny K. Stein books by Jim Benton

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Evan’s Corner by Elizabeth Starr Hill

The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

The 39 Clues by Rick Riordan

Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech


Mean Mommy Home School

January 30, 2009

My neighbor, Leslie, enlightened me last week.  Once again, my daughter said she had a stomach ache and felt like she couldn’t go to school.  It seemed like she was fine but she insisted.  My neighbor said, “Haven’t you heard of mean mommy home school?”  I hadn’t.

Mean mommy home school determines how sick your child is; and it shows the child how fun school is compared to home.  Either the sick kid stays in bed and sleeps, or they have to participate in mean mommy home school – handwriting practice, math worksheets, reading, writing, and so on.

I am now a big fan!  Although, my daughter did throw up so I guess she wasn’t faking.

What is Inside Outside Upside Down?

January 28, 2009

Parents of small children know this – Inside Outside Upside Down is the best board book from Stan and Jan Berenstain.  I have the whole darn thing memorized.  (Even still, and it’s been a few years since my kids were toddlers. )

For me it captures the topsy turvy adventure of parenting, trying to fit in working while maintaining my peaceful center.   If that’s possible . . .

What is an introvert?

January 27, 2009

Carl Jung, the renowned psychologist, first described an introvert as a person who becomes emotionally and physically worn out from being around other people for a long time.   More recent research describes introverts as getting energy from inside themselves – as opposed to extroverts who get energy from interaction with others.

Are you an innie or an outie?  Suite 101 has a quick test if you want to determine what you are – but you probably already know.  I’m somewhere on the introvert side, but in my Myers Briggs test, I was pretty well balanced between the two.

I think it’s helpful for me to know that I prefer alone time – when I feel exhausted, I have to remind myself to just curl up with a book and recharge myself.

The quiet observer

January 26, 2009

I surveyed the preschool cubbies, yup . . . every cubby except my daughter’s was filled with art.   Every single day.  For two years.  And the interesting thing was that when I asked, she said she liked to watch.  Really?  I didn’t understand at all.

It irked me.  I felt like a failure.  Then one day, I happened to see Dr. Marti Olsen Laney as I was flipping through the channels.  She described the introverted child as an observer.  I had to pause to hear more.  She talked about introvert’s preference to observe first and join later, if they joined at all.

Of course, I immediately ordered her book, The Hidden Gifts of the Introverted Child.  It changed my life.  Understanding my daughter as unique in her own personality type changed my irritation to understanding.  I can’t thank Dr. Laney enough for the research she’s done.

Even now, my daughter has to observe.  She does participate but she needs the time.  It’s not how I am – jumping in to change and new experiences.  But it doesn’t mean it’s wrong.

Types and Introverts

January 25, 2009

I’m learning all about introverts – it’s a big part of the Myers-Briggs type test so MB resources are helpful.  Nurture By Nature by Tieger and What Type am I? by Renee Baron were good reads to remind myself of my own type – INFJ.   We laughed so hard one night reading my description and then my husband, Jeff’s (ENFP).  Good parlor game, I highly recommend it.  (Obviously we need to get out of the house more if this if fun to us . . . )

Types for kids are difficult to determine until about age 7 say the MB researchers.  However,  I can see the introvert part in my daughter – she’s six.

Type Tales by Diane Farris is a children’s fiction book about types in children.  The subtitle, “Understanding & Celebrating Diversity Through Type.”  I haven’t made it through the book but I applaud the author’s efforts to expand our thinking about personalities.

Remember When?

January 24, 2009
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